Meet The Rapunzel That Owns The World's Longest Dreadlocks

BarcroftTVPublished: December 20, 2017135 views
Published: December 20, 2017

The 47-year-old "Black Rapunzel" from Atlanta, Asha Mandela, has a lock on a world record that others might dread: The world’s longest dreadlocks. This hair fanatic has 55ft locks which are longer than a London bus! Her hair weighs almost three stone, the weight of a child ripe for kindergarten, and takes two days to wash and dry. She also worries that someone with a 'hair fetish' will cut a chunk off when she is not looking.

Mandela first started growing her lovely locks 25 years ago, after she moved from Trinidad and Tobago to New York and decided to have a more "natural" hairstyle.

"When I first started, it was more of a spiritual journey. It wasn’t anything to do with a fad or style in fashion. After 25 years of growth, my hair has really become part of me and I feel that if I ever cut my hair I’d really be taking away my life." Mandela said according to the International Business Times.

She washes the dreads once a week, using up to six bottles of shampoo at a time. Then it takes two days for the dreadlocks to dry, as they weigh 25 pounds when wet. Asha says the extra weight of her hair makes her doctors very concerned. But despite owning a world record and even though doctors warn she could paralyze herself, this lady wants to go bigger. She refuses to cut "her baby", saying it has helped her overcome cancer, two strokes and two heart-attacks. However, there is one area it has not affected - her love life. Three-times married Asha even claims it adds "a bit of spice".

"My hair has never caused a problem with intimacy. I think it adds a little spice on top," she said.

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