Meet the 'candyfloss child' whose hair is actually impossible to comb

By Robyn Lucas
05 July 2017

Adorable Lyla-Grace suffers from uncombable hair syndrome (UHS), which only affects 100 people around the world.

A five-year-old girl shares the same hair syndrome that plagued Albert Einstein had – proving that hair can be impossible to maintain.

Adorable Lyla-Grace Barlow suffers from uncombable hair syndrome (UHS), which only affects 100 people around the world.

Lyla has heart-shaped hair follicles instead of round ones on her scalp, which are caused by a mutated gene. This means that Layla’s hair is coarse and has a wiry texture.

So when Lyla’s mom, Alex (28) tries to combs her hair down, it immediately goes back to its original static state.

"With normal hair, if you brush it, it will go down, but as you brush Lyla's hair it just stays up. It looks like it is crimped," says Alex

This earned Lyla the nickname ‘the candyfloss child’.

Alex said she would not change her child's hair for the world, especially because she shares the same hair gene as Scientist Albert Einstein.

Lyla’s mom decided to dress her up as Albert Einstein for Halloween because she figured there wouldn't be many kids that could pull off looking like him without wearing a wig.

Lyla-Grace is the only one in her family with this rare hair syndrome. Her sisters, Emelia (7) and Nancy-Rose (2),  both have normal straight brown locks.

"Everybody else in the family has nice, dark normal hair and then we've got this bright blonde little one in the middle of us," she says.

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"I've seen about three cases in a 38-year career," says Dr Andrew Messenger, consultant dermatologist at Royal Hallamshire Hosptial in Sheffield.

Alex says she encourages Lyla-Grace to embrace her hair because it is "rare and beautiful".


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