A three-year-old’s bright white unruly hair has seen her compared to Rod Stewart

Rosie Thundercliffe-Boughton, from Bridlington, East Yorkshire, has uncombable hair syndrome which causes her hair to look dry, wiry, and out of control.

Her mum, Lisa, 43, has no choice but to either let Rosie’s hair stay wild, or tie it up in loose ponytails and pigtails due to its fragile state.

The teaching assistant often gets a range of comments from members of the public comparing Rosie’s hair to famous figures such as singer Rod Stewart, US President Donald Trump and even the Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The mother of three, said: ‘When Rosie was born, she only had a very light sprinkling of very fine white hairs.

Rosie Thundercliffe-Boughton, three, from Bridlington, East Yorkshire, has uncombable hair syndrome which causes her hair to look dry, wiry, and out of control

Rosie was born with a very light sprinkling of hair, but once it started to grow (pictured) she was left with a wiry blonde quiff, which took on a 'life of its own' when she turned two

Rosie was born with a very light sprinkling of hair, but once it started to grow (pictured) she was left with a wiry blonde quiff, which took on a ‘life of its own’ when she turned two 

The little girl's unruly hair has seen her compared to famous figures such as Rod Stewart, former US President Donald Trump and even the Prime Minister Boris Johnson

The little girl’s unruly hair has seen her compared to famous figures such as Rod Stewart, former US President Donald Trump and even the Prime Minister Boris Johnson

‘Family members would compare her to a little chick. When she turned two, her hair really gained a life of its own. Her hair is nothing like mine or her dad’s, Philip, 52.

‘A friend sent me an article about a little girl with a similar condition, it was obvious that Rosie has uncombable hair syndrome too.

‘We get stopped all the time when we’re out and about. People are usually very fascinated, and we get a lot of comparisons.

‘My favourite one so far was that she looked a bit like a miniature Einstein. Looking at Einstein’s hair, maybe he had it too!’

Rosie's mum, Lisa, 43, has no choice but to either let Rosie's hair stay wild, or tie it up in loose ponytails and pigtails due to its fragile state

Rosie’s mum, Lisa, 43, has no choice but to either let Rosie’s hair stay wild, or tie it up in loose ponytails and pigtails due to its fragile state

Little Rosie has even been compared to a miniature Einstein and her mum agrees that her mop is very similar to the famous physicist's wild locks

Little Rosie has even been compared to a miniature Einstein and her mum agrees that her mop is very similar to the famous physicist’s wild locks 

Rosie helping her sister Grace in the kitchen. Lisa said family members would 'compare her to a little chick' and when she turned two, her hair 'gained a life of its own'

Rosie helping her sister Grace in the kitchen. Lisa said family members would ‘compare her to a little chick’ and when she turned two, her hair ‘gained a life of its own’

Despite the abundance of nice comments Rosie receives for her hair, there have been others who haven’t been so kind.

Lisa said: ‘There were a bunch of rude people once in a café we were in.

‘We were minding our business when they started raising their voices and saying comments like ‘she looks like she got dragged through a hedge backwards’.

‘And ‘have you never heard of a hairbrush?’

Even when styled in a ponytail, Rosie's hair stand on end in a distinctive fashion due to uncombable hair syndrome

Even when styled in a ponytail, Rosie’s hair stand on end in a distinctive fashion due to uncombable hair syndrome  

Rosie with her hair styled in pigtails. Despite the abundance of nice comments Rosie receives for her hair, there have been others who haven't been so nice

Lisa said strangers can be a bit rude with cruel comments including once when someone asked her 'Have you never heard of a hairbrush?'

Rosie with her hair styled in pigtails. Despite the abundance of nice comments Rosie receives for her hair, there have been others who haven’t been so nice

‘I kept my cool and left but feel if I was to be in similar situation again, that I would defend Rosie to show that her that she is beautiful and that her hair is amazing.’

Rosie’s uncombable hair is incredibly hard to tame, with Lisa trying hundreds of products to no avail.

She said: ‘I never brush Rosie’s hair when it is dry, it must be wet or full of conditioner, and even then, I only go through it with a de-tangler brush.

‘It’s very fluffy to touch, it feels like cotton wool, but breaks off very easily. Her hair is quite short compared to other children her age. It grows very slowly and she’s never had a haircut.

Rosie's uncombable hair is incredibly hard to tame, with Lisa trying hundreds of products to no avail

Rosie’s uncombable hair is incredibly hard to tame, with Lisa trying hundreds of products to no avail

Lisa said she can't brush Rosie's hair when it is dry, it must be wet or full of conditioner, and even then, she has to go through it with a de-tangler brush

Lisa said she can’t brush Rosie’s hair when it is dry, it must be wet or full of conditioner, and even then, she has to go through it with a de-tangler brush

Lisa said when Rosie was born, she only had a very light sprinkling of very fine white hairs but as she got older it got more wild

Lisa said when Rosie was born, she only had a very light sprinkling of very fine white hairs but as she got older it got more wild

Rosie pictured when she was a toddler. Her quirky hair is 'very fluffy to touch' and Lisa said 'it feels like cotton wool, but breaks off very easily'

Rosie pictured when she was a toddler. Her quirky hair is ‘very fluffy to touch’ and Lisa said ‘it feels like cotton wool, but breaks off very easily’

Rosie was compared to a 'little chick' by her family when she was a baby because her hair was wispy

Rosie was compared to a ‘little chick’ by her family when she was a baby because her hair was wispy 

‘When I brush her hair, it seems to be painful for her, so I usually keep styling to a minimum to avoid tears.’

Rosie is set to start at primary school in September, so Lisa has been preparing her with educational books about hair.

She said: ‘I bought Rosie a book called ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’.

‘It’s aimed at young children with afros, but Rosie hates having her hair touched, so I want to make sure that she knows that she can say no.

‘With her hair being so fragile, it feels good to prepare her for an environment where she might face some challenges.’

The little girl has never had a hair cut as it is quite short compared to other children her age as it grows very slowly

The little girl has never had a hair cut as it is quite short compared to other children her age as it grows very slowly

Rosie is set to start at primary school in September, so Lisa has been preparing her with educational books about hair

Rosie is set to start at primary school in September, so Lisa has been preparing her with educational books about hair

Strangers often compare Rosie to famous faces with similar hair and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is one that crops up a lot

Strangers often compare Rosie to famous faces with similar hair and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is one that crops up a lot  

Lisa said with her hair being so fragile she wants to prepare her for an environment where she might face 'some challenges'

Lisa said with her hair being so fragile she wants to prepare her for an environment where she might face ‘some challenges’

WHAT IS UNCOMBABLE HAIR SYNDROME?

Uncombable hair syndrome is a rare inherited disorder that causes locks to stand up from the roots and not be flattened.

Such hair is usually silvery-blond or straw coloured.

The hair usually appears between three and 12 months of age.

In rare cases, the syndrome has occurred alongside bone and eye abnormalities.

The syndrome usually resolves or improves at the onset of puberty.

It may be more manageable through applying conditioners and using soft brushes. 

Source: Genetic and rare diseases information center 



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