Every so often we wake up with a serious case of "bed head," but imagine living your whole life that way.
That's what it's like for Shilah Yin, a 7-year-old girl from Melbourne, Australia who lives with "uncombable hair syndrome," also called "spun glass hair" because of how thin, fragile strands stick out.
It's a genetic condition passed down by parents, and simply caused because the hairs have a slightly different shape that makes them stand out. It can be painful and uncomfortable, but usually gets better after childhood.
Some people actually suspect that famous scientist Albert Einstein's frizzy locks were caused by the condition, which is so rare that only about 100 people on earth have it.
That made little Shilah feel like a "unicorn" when she was little, but now she's embraced her condition. "Shilah loves her unique hair," her mother Celeste says, "but that has come from constant positive reinforcement at home from friends and family.”
Smoothing down Shilah's impressive do can take as much as 20 minutes of work in the morning, using detangling solutions and a very gentle wide-toothed comb. But one stylist has a more creative solution.
Watch how he tames this hair on the next page!
Another little girl, Lyla-Grace Barlow from Derby, suffers from the same condition as Shilah.
Lyla's mother says the little girl "hates" having her frizzy hair combed, and even hairdressers are stumped when she arrives for a cut. "Even stylists who specialize in Afro hair have said 'You have to be joking,'" she told the Daily Mail.
"It gets so knotted it turns into dreadlocks and becomes painful to comb. She also gets uncomfortable as the hair traps heat. Normal people sweat and heat escapes through their head," she explains, "but we’ve had to call [an ambulance] when Lyla overheated and started convulsing. Her hair smells like it’s on fire if she gets too hot. It can be very worrying."
Professional hairdresser Shaun Pulfrey - inventor of the world-famous and wildly popular Tangle Teezer hairbrush - offered to tame Lyla's hair using his decades of expertise.
After using a special detangling brush, washing the hair without any oily products and gently blow-drying small sections one by one, Lyla's hair is noticeably smoother and shinier.
Still, that's a lot of work to do every morning, so Lyla will probably be rocking her unique haircut for a few more years.
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