WATCH:'Rapunzel' is the teenager with the world's longest hair

Published: January 21, 2020
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Nilanshi Patel bags Guinness World Record after she stopping getting her tresses cut following bad experience at salon.PHOTO: AFP

Nilanshi Patel bags Guinness World Record after she stopping getting her tresses cut following bad experience at salon.PHOTO: AFP

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Friends call her Rapunzel – Nilanshi Patel has been growing her hair since she was six years old following a bad experience at the hairdressers ‍♀️ The 16-year-old from Gujarat, India, has set a new record for the longest hair on a teenager, with lengthy locks that measure 170.5 cm (5 ft 7 in). "I got my hair cut, a really bad haircut. So, then I decided that I won’t cut my hair. I decided that when I was six and have not cut it since," she explained. Nilanshi recently appeared on a brand-new TV series of record breaking, La Notte dei Record (The Night of Records) on Italy's @tv8it. "People think that I face so many problems with my hair, but I don't face any problems, I do sports and all the things with my hair. It's a lucky charm for me!" "I style it is as a long braid or as a bun on the top of my head. When I am going to an occasion, or when I am playing table tennis, I bun my hair on my head so that it is comfortable for me." ___________________________________________________ #longhair #hair #hairstyles #lanottedeirecord #guinnessworldrecords #officiallyamazing #longhairstyles #longhairdontcare #rapunzel

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An Indian girl has retained her crown as the teen with the world’s longest hair more than a decade after she stopping getting her tresses cut following a bad experience at a salon.

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Nilanshi Patel, 17, from the small town of Modasa in Gujarat state, remains a cut above the rest according to the Guinness World Records having smashed her previous record of five feet and 6 inches set in December 2018 with a new length of six feet and two inches.

Her proud father said his only child’s locks had turned her from a local celebrity into an international one.

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Nicknamed “Rapunzel” by her friends and schoolmates after the long, flowing hair of the princess in the Brothers Grimm fairytale, Nilanshi said she has not a visited a hairdresser for 11 years after a hair-raising ordeal.

She said: “At six, I had a very bad experience at a local salon. Since then I have been apprehensive about cutting my hair.My parents accepted my wishes and now my locks have become my lucky charm.”

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Nilanshi has to wear high-heeled shoes if she does not want her hair to touch the ground.

Apart from that, Nilanshi said she cares for her hair like every other teenager – but with help from her mother, Kaminibenat.

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“I do what every teenager does. Wash the hair every week and oil it once or twice a week,” the aspiring engineer said, adding that she dries it by sitting in the sun or with a hairdryer.

“Mostly I keep a braid, but while playing or for some occasions, I tie the hair into a bun. The only time I have trouble is while swimming.”

The article originally appeared in Mail Online

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