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Rapunzel, Rapunzel . . . November 22, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.

Asha Mandela’s hair no longer has a monitored category in the Guinness Book of World Records ~ on December 10, 2010, the Guinness Book of World Records rested its “longest dreadlocks” category after investigation of its first and only female title holder, Asha Mandela:

“Following a review of our guidelines for the longest dreadlock, we have taken expert advice and made the decision to rest this category.  [I]t is difficult, and in many cases impossible, to measure the authenticity of the locks due to expert methods employed in the attachment of hair extensions/re-attachment of broken off dreadlocks. [T]he dreadlock can become an extension and therefore impossible to adjudicate accurately.  [F]or this reason Guinness World Records has decided to rest the category and will no longer be monitoring the category for longest dreadlock.”

World Record or not, Asha’s dreadlocks are a massive endeavor, measuring more than 25 feet long and weighing 39 pounds.  Washing her hair takes a long time.  Drying it takes even longer ~ as long as two days.

Over the years, her hair has taken on a life of its own.

IT has its own seat in the car.  She cuddles with IT, uses IT as a pillow, and talks to IT.  She packs IT into a fanny pack to toot around town . . . or has friends and family carry IT for her.

And IT has a name to go with its claim to fame ~ Asha calls IT, “Mr. Cooper.”

“He’s my baby.”  “I love him.”  “I’m happy to have him in my life.”  “It’s like I’ve given birth to a child who will never leave home.”

Now “Mr. Cooper” may be threatening her life.

After surgery for colon cancer, Asha refused chemo because she didn’t want to lose her hair.  “The Doctors” had her on the show and offered to find her a doctor who would work with her so she could follow up on the colon cancer without sacrificing her hair.  Asha appeared dubious, at best.

Imagine being held a prisoner . . . by your own LOCKS.

Aah . . . that’s better!

What are your thoughts on this story?

Artwork: Wikipedia ~ Rapunzel (in the Public Domain)