Generally isolated to childhood, uncombable hair syndrome is another rare hair feature a person can have that is unique to kids, explains the Cleveland Clinic. Children with this genetic condition have hair on their head growing in various different directions rather than all strands growing down towards the floor. With signs usually emerging around the age of three, the child’s hair may appear coarse, frizzy, dry, shiny, or hypopigmented. These factors pose challenges when attempting to flatten, style, or brush the child’s hair. Although there is no cure for the condition, uncombable hair syndrome will eventually take care of itself as children transition into their teen years. While there are more than 100 documented medical cases of the condition, prevalence rates are likely higher.
To avoid exacerbating symptoms, refrain from excess brushing and minimize the use of blow dryers, hair straighteners, and curling wands on the child’s hair. Getting their hair cut on a routine basis can also be helpful, but steer clear of any harsh chemical treatments. Alternatively, results of a 2023 study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology showed that low-dose biotin supplementation when taken three years apart helped improve a case of uncombable hair syndrome in a 3-year-old girl. It’s important to note, however, that children should not be given any medication, including supplements, without doctor approval.