Guinness World Records 2020 features a whole chapter about people with record-breaking characteristics, whether it’s down to their height, age, or a specific part of their body.
Included in this is a section devoted to those who have set their hair records, so let’s look at their accomplishments.
#5 Longest hair on a teenager
By 21 November 2018, the tresses of 16-year-old Nilanshi Patel (India, b. 16 August 2002) had reached 1.75 m (5 ft 8 in) length. Since she was six years old, she has grown her hair and calls it her “happy charm.” Once a week it is cleaned–it requires half an hour to dry and comb twice that. Usually, Nilanshi wears her hair in a braid, but to play table tennis she ties her hair in a bun.
#4 Youngest girl with a full beard
Harnaam Kaur (UK, b. 29 November 1990) was 24 years 282 days old when her full beard was verified on 7 September 2015 – facial hair covering sideburns, chin, a portion of the cheeks and skin above the upper lip. Due to polycystic ovary syndrome, her facial hair is caused by a hormonal imbalance. Now a freelance model and motivational speaker, Harnaam claims that she is motivated to “show the world what real beauty is and how we can all be ourselves.”
#3 Longest Mustache ever
On the set of Lo Show dei Record in Rome, Italy, on 4 March 2010, a titanic’ tache belonging to Ram Singh Chauhan (India) was evaluated at 4.29 m (14 ft). Ram began growing his facial hair in 1970 and with coconut and mustard oils he groomed his whiskers daily. In the James Bond movie Octopussy (UK / USA, 1983), his mustache even earned him a cameo position.
#2 Tallest Mohawk spike
As checked at Dwango Hanzomon Studio in Tokyo, Japan, on 23 April 2014, fashion designer Kazuhiro Watanabe (Japan) spent more than 15 years growing his Mohawk spike to a length of 1.23 m (4 ft). Sculpting the beautiful Mohican took two hours for a team of stylists, requiring three hairspray boxes and a bottle of gel.
#1 Longest hair (female)
Xie Qiuping’s luxurious locks (China) attained the world’s longest hair on a 5.62 m (18 ft 5 in) female, as confirmed on May 8, 2004. In 1973, when she was only 13 years old, she began growing her hair. “It’s absolutely no trouble, I’m used to it,” she said to GWR.
“But you need patience, and when you have hair like that you need to hold yourself straight.” Xie Qiuping’s hair at more than 5 m is almost as long as an adult male giraffe.