Monday, June 11, 2018

Uncombable hair syndrome is a real thing

I know it's from BuzzFeed, but I still thought this was cool.
There is such a thing as uncombable hair syndrome (also known as spun glass hair syndrome), an extremely rare, recently-discovered genetic disorder that is only known to affect about 100 people in the whole world. It results in slivery-blond, easily-damaged, brittle, fly-away hair that sticks straight up from the head, and it is caused by inheriting two copies of a genetic mutation in the PAD13 gene (or a couple of other similar genes that are also expressed in the hair follicles).
It certainly looks very cute on a toddler (see photos), but you'd need to be a pretty strong-willed teen or adult to carry it off.

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