India"s Own Rapunzel Nilanshi Patel, Teen With Longest Hair In The World

Nilanshi beat her previous Guinnes World Record from November 2018.

Nilanshi Patel gets nicknamed 'Rapunzel' by her pals but loves her long locks and considers them a "blessing." She revealed that her family and friends are proud of her - so much so that they call her their 'real-life Rapunzel' after the long, flowing hair of the princess in the Brothers Grimm fairytale.

Nilanshi Patel broke her own record and entered another Guinness World Records for having the “Longest hair in the world.” Earlier in December 2018, she held the same record with a hair length of 170.5 cm. Now Nilanshi’s hair length is 190 cm. The 17-year-old girl from Modosa, Gujarat is often called Rapunzel by her friends and schoolmates, after the Disney princess who also has long hair.

Patel stopped getting her tresses cut after a bad experience at the salon. Since then (11 years ago), she has not visited any hairdresser. She said “At six, I had a very bad experience at a local salon. Since then I have been apprehensive about cutting my hair.” Further, she added, “My parents accepted my wishes and now my locks have become my lucky charm.” Patel’s locks turned her from a local celebrity to an international celebrity.

Nilanshi on her hair care routine

To avoid her hair from touching the ground, Nilanshi wears high heels. Her mother, Kaminibenat cares for Patel’s hair like any other mom. When asked about her hair routine Nilanshi said “I do what every teenager does. Wash my hair every week and oil it once or twice a week.” She either dries her hair in the sun or with the hairdryer. She also added saying, “Mostly I keep a braid, but while playing or for some occasions, I tie the hair into a bun. The only time I have trouble is while swimming.”

India"s Own Rapunzel Nilanshi Patel, Teen With Longest Hair In The World

Patel said she cares for her hair like every other teenager - but with help from her mother.

Other women with records

1. Xie Qiuping from China has been growing her hair since 1973 from the age of 13. She now holds the record for the longest female hair with a length of 5.627 metres (18 feet 5.54 inches) when last measured. That's nearly as long as the height of a giraffe!

India"s Own Rapunzel Nilanshi Patel, Teen With Longest Hair In The World

Xie Qiuping with with her hair of 5.627 metres length.

2. Ayanna Williams holds the record for the longest nails (woman). Ayanna who is from Houston, Texas has a total nail length of 18 feet 10.9 inches. Each of her nails is about 2 feet long. As per Fox News, her left thumb is the longest inpidual nail, at 2 feet 2.7 inches.

India"s Own Rapunzel Nilanshi Patel, Teen With Longest Hair In The World

Ayanna Williams holds the record for the longest nails (woman).

3. You Jianxia, Shanghai-born holds the record for longest eyelashes in the Guinness Book of World Record. The Chinese lady has 12.40 cm long eyelashes which grow on her left eyelid. Previously Canada Gillian Criminisi held this record. Her eyelashes measured 8.07 cm (3.17 in) long. Guinness world records asked Jianxia whether her eyelashes ever cause her any discomfort, she said “They are a part of my body, so I never find them inconvenient.”

India"s Own Rapunzel Nilanshi Patel, Teen With Longest Hair In The World

You Jianxia holds the record for longest eyelashes in the Guinness Book of World Record.

4. Jyoti Kisange Amge from Nagpur, India holds the record of “Shortest Living Woman” since her 18th birthday on December 16, 2011. She has a height of 62.8 centimeters. She made a guest appearance on Big Boss Season 6. She also played the role of Ma Petite in American Horror Story: Freak Show.

India"s Own Rapunzel Nilanshi Patel, Teen With Longest Hair In The World

Jyoti Kisange has a height of 62.8 cm, she holds the record of “Shortest Living Woman”.

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