Meet the Real-Life Rapunzel with Dreadlocks Longer Than a Bus


A 47-year-old woman from Atlanta, Georgia, is a real-life Rapunzel, if her hair has anything to say about it. Asha Mandela has dreadlocks that are longer than the length of a bus. At 55 feet long, her dreads are actually already dangerous, as they weigh so much and could possibly paralyze her.

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Still, this did not deter the mother of one, insisting that she will never cut her hair off. She 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.”

After all, she credits her long locks for helping her overcome cancer, two strokes, and two heart attacks.

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Asha is not the only one who loves her hair as her locks, which she calls her “baby,” have a lot of fans across the world. She even managed to launch her own secret hair formula as well.

Unfortunately, with that much hair, maintenance is an issue. Asha said that her hair takes two days to wash and dry, and it’s even heavier when wet. Moving around with the massive volume also makes her prone to get trapped in doors and snagged in bushes, so she has to wind it up and put it in a baby sling when she leaves the house so that she gets a bit of freedom from its weight.


Doctors have already asked Asha to cut her hair for health reasons, as well as to lessen the risk of bacterial infection. Their primary concern, however, is the weight.

Asha shared, “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 paralyzed.”


With three husbands to her name, she said that her hair also helped with her love life. She shared, “My hair has never caused a problem with intimacy. I think it adds a little spice on top.”

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