India teen sets world record for hair

Posted at 12:06 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 14:06:10-05

A 17-year-old girl in India's western Aravalli district has broken her own Guinness World Record for the "longest hair on a teenager," earning her the nickname of "Rapunzel."

With 74 inch-long tresses, Nilanshi Patel has topped her earlier record of 167 inches from 2018.

A science student, Nilanshi developed the love for long hair at the tender age of six following a bad haircut experience that made her hair short and rough. It was after this incident that she decided to grow her hair, as suggested by her mother.

"If I go to any tourist place or any occasion, people take selfies and talk to me, so I feel like a celebrity," Nilanshi says.

Nilanshi's mother assists her in maintaining her long hair. She washes her hair once a week. It takes up to half an hour for it to dry and as long as an hour to comb.