Uncombable Hair Syndrome? Real or Fake?

Allow me to just sip some tea really quick as I sit back and try to understand this. Just a few minutes ago I saw a video on going around on Facebook that was titled “Uncombable Hair Syndrome.” So now I just have a question, what the hell is uncombable hair?”

I’m trying not to take this as a joke and view it as a serious situation. Therefore, for my readers, I will try to explain to you what uncombable hair syndrome is and how it can affect someone.

Uncombable hair syndrome is a real syndrome which is rare. It’s so rare that only 100 in the world have it. According to the U.S National Library of Medicine (Click Here),

Uncombable hair syndrome is a condition that is characterized by dry, frizzy hair that cannot be combed flat. This condition develops in childhood, often between infancy and age 3, but can appear as late as age 12. Affected children have light-colored hair, described as blond or silvery with a glistening sheen. The hair does not grow downward but out from the scalp in multiple directions. Despite its appearance, the hair is not fragile or brittle, and it grows at a normal or slightly slower rate. Only scalp hair is affected in uncombable hair syndrome.

What I have gathered from this description is that the individuals who have this syndrome are not in any physical pain. In addition, this syndrome doesn’t really affect them in any way harmful way. The only affect is that there hair won’t lie down. In fact, the people who have this syndrome can comb there hair so the name is completely misleading.

Now I know some people are probably like this can’t be serious. But I assure you, it is. After watching the video, I read some of the comments and the Black community is not here for it. To be truthful, I can’t say I blame them. Mainly all Black people have hair that grows in multiple directions and not downward. In addition, it can be hard to comb through Afro textured hair. However, no medical expert is claiming that Black people have uncombable hair syndrome.

In retrospect, Afro textured hair and uncombable hair are classified different. For those who research this syndrome,please understand that what the medical experts are trying to describe isn’t the same as Afro textured hair. The difference is that Afro textured hair isn’t usually “blonde or silver with a glistening sheen.” Afro textured hair comes in varies color as well as texture. Therefore, it can not be placed under the category of uncombable hair because it does not fully fit the description.

I found the original article on USA Today Read Here. Honestly, I still can’t believe that this is news worthy but I guess if Paris Hilton’s dog being kidnap can be featured on nightly news then so can this. The person that the story is featured around is 7-year old Shilah Yin. Shilah has embraced her hair and doesn’t care what others think. I applaud Shilah for doing that at such a young age.




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