Monday, 19 August 2013
She is the real life Rapunzel with 55ft long dreadlocks that are longer than a bus and despite being warned by doctors that her hair that weighs three stone could paralyse her, Asha Mandela said she will never cut them.
Mrs Mandela, 47, holds the Guinness World Record for the longest dreadlocks. They officially measured 19ft 6in but an unofficial measurement this week put one strand of her hair at an
incredible 55ft 7in long – almost three times the official length.
The mother-of-one from Atlanta, Georgia, said: ‘My hair has become part of me. It is my life. I will never cut it. Cutting it would be equivalent to suicide. It would be like being a zombie.’She calls her locks ‘her baby’ and credits them with helping her overcome cancer, two strokes and two heart-attacks.
It takes two days to wash and dry her hair, which weighs the same as a reception-age child, and is even heavier when wet – she has to wind it up into a baby sling when she leaves the house.