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Posted: August 01, 2017

7-year-old among group living with uncombable hair syndrome

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By Sandra Nortunen, Palm Beach Post

Many children can’t stand people yanking and tugging on their locks trying to get the knots out

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For one 7-year-old rocking a mane with a mind of its own, she’s got a great excuse -- uncombable hair syndrome.

Shilah Calvert Yin, of Australia, is among about 100 others in the world who have a genetic mutation that causes their hair to be untamed. 

Despite efforts, it can’t be combed down, and in some cases trying to do so causes the hair to break or become fragile, according to the National Institutes of Health. Usually it’s dry silvery-blond or straw-colored.

Shilah likes it, despite the fact that some kids have picked on her.

Shilah embraces the way she looks & has so much attitude & confidence that she just rocks her own style. #uncombablehairsyndrome

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“It’s not ordinary and it’s not boring like everyone else’s. Everyone knows me and remembers me -- especially at school ... I think my friends wish they had hair like mine,” the Melbourne girl told The Daily Mail

Her mother, Celeste, is hoping Shilah will continue to find strength in her unique locks. She told the The Daily Mail that Shilah has tried modeling. She’s also created an Instagram account for her daughter, which has more than 1,000 followers.

For now, they’re embracing that which can not be tamed. 

Shilah's hair before and after her morning hair routine. EVERYDAY! 🎀#uncombablehairsyndrome

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