My baby's 'crazy' hair makes her look like a dandelion
22nd November 2022

My baby’s ‘crazy’ hair makes her look like a dandelion, but we’ll never tame her mane

  • Aliyah Lewis, 24, from Barry Island, Wales, delighted with daughter Arla’s hair
  • Arla, four-month-old, born with unruly mane that makes her look like Dandelion
  •  She has become a sensation online thanks to her untamable crowning glory 

Most mothers would despair at their child’s unruly mop of hair, but this Welsh mum is delighted with her daughter’s untamable barnet.  

Proud mum Aliyah Lewis, 24, from Barry Island, regularly uploads photos and videos of her four month old baby girl Arla with her adorable hair which has led people to comparing her to a dandelion.

Even when she tries to brush her hair, Arla’s hair sticks back up and keeps growing outwards.

Laughing about it now, Aliyah even admits when she puts Arla’s hair up in a hair bobble she is likened to an onion, dandelion and even scientist Albert Einstein. 

Proud mum Aliyah Lewis, 24, from Barry Island, Wales, regularly uploads photos and videos of her four month old baby girl Arla with her adorable hair

Aliyah said that people love Arla’s hair and have compared her to a dandelion, an onion and even Albert Einstein

It is suspected that Arla was born with uncombable hair syndrome, and she has gained thousands of devoted fans after a series of videos on social media. 

She explains: ‘Arla was born with a lot or hair, it didn’t start standing up crazy until her first bath, everyone thinks it’s crazy and they love it, we never want it to go “normal”

‘Even if I try and brush it, it will just stick up but I brush it everyday, sometimes I put a bow in sometimes but she doesn’t like it and if sometimes a bobble but if she has it up she looks like an onion, so we just put a headband on, or let it go wild.

‘We just use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and just wash it like normal, but we don’t use any conditioner on it.

No amount of brushing will tame Arla’s unruly mop. but her proud mother said she wouldn’t have it any other way 

Aliyah explained that even when she tries to brush her hair, Arla’s hair sticks back up and keeps growing outwards

The cute four-months-old has become a sensation thanks to her attention-grabbing unusual mop of hair 

Aliyah said she is stopped in the street by strangers who comment on her daughter’s head of hair 

‘People always stop us and comment on her hair! Everyone always loves it. Everyone is always so kind.

With her four month old baby rocking her wild hair, Aliyah is unsure what has caused it and is awaiting confirmation from the doctors but knows this won’t be harming her baby.

Arla has received lots of compliments on her hair, although people have likened her to a dandelion and also Albert Einstein.

Brushes are useless on Arla’s barnet, and the only hair accessories Aliyah can use on her are headbands 

The proud mother with her daughter, sporting a hair tie in her gravity-defying strawberry blonde locks 

Alyiah adds: ‘It could just be crazy hair, it could be uncombable hair syndrome, or it could be a milk allergy. We’re in the middle of trying to get an answer.

‘It’s definitely not in any family so far so I think it’s just random.

‘I had heartburn when I was pregnant which would wake me up in the night but I thought it was normal. I hoped the heartburn wasn’t for nothing and it obviously wasn’t!’

Aliyah explained that no one in her family has the same hair as four-month-old Arla, and that her barnet is ‘random’ 

In the four months since her birth, Arla has already become a sensation wherever she and her mother goes 


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 colored.

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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