Meet the Woman With 55-Foot-Long Dreadlocks

Asha Mandela's hair is over 19ft long (with one dread lock measuring in at more than 55ft long), weighs 42 pounds, and she has to carry it around in a baby sling. But she says she'd be lost without it, and it'll never know scissors.

Mandela started growing her hair 25 years ago, and she hasn't looked back. It's not surprising, as she credits her hair with helping her overcome cancer, two strokes, and two heart-attacks. Damn, Rapunzel doesn't have shit on her locks.

But her hair doesn't come without its problems:

Doctors have also asked her to consider cutting her hair for health reasons, including the risk of bacterial infection.

But their main concern is the weight.

She said: 'The doctors seem to think I have a curvature of my spine and that it's the length and the weight of my hair that's making me curve.

'Some have said my neck has collapsed at the back and that I need to be careful because I could start having spasms in my spine and probably be paralysed.'


Her hair is beyond, and it's cool to see someone doing something original and beautiful, so let's just hope she continues to be A-OK, physically. And all I know is, I do NOT want to see her salon bills. Ladies, I know you feel me.

[Daily Mail]

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I watched her on My Strange Addiction, and doctors told her she absolutely had to cut her hair because it was causing her physical issues (which she describes here). Her answer was that at all costs, she will not cut it. Even though she was having pain in her entire body and having headaches. Although it does look cool and there's nothing wrong with pride in your hair, I question the mental state of someone who says they will not cut their hair at all if it means possible paralysis (!) and a collapsed neck (!!!).