Nilanshi Patel, Rapunzel from Gujarat, gets first haircut in 12 years

Nilanshi Patel, Rapunzel from Gujarat, gets first haircut in 12 years

Nilanshi had been growing her hair since she was six years old after having a bad experience at a salon.

Nilanshi Patel, an 18-year-old girl from Modasa in Gujarat, has held the record for the longest hair on a teenager since 2018. At 16, her hair measured 170.5 centimetres. Just before her 18th birthday, her hair was measured for the last time in July 2020 and it reached an incredible length of 200 centimetres. She even secured the title of longest hair ever on a teenager.

Now, Nilanshi decided to cut off her locks. "My hair gave me a lot - because of my hair I am known as the 'real-life Rapunzel'... now it’s time to give it something back," Nilanshi told Guinness World Records.

Nilanshi had been growing her hair since she was six years old after having a bad experience at a salon. Her mother helped her dry and comb her hair after every week's wash.

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Nilanshi took some time to decide what she was going to with her locks. She had three options - auctioning it off, donating it to charity for cancer patients or donating it to a museum.

Her mother Kaminiben suggested she display her hair in a museum as her record-breaking story was inspiring. Kaminiben then told her that she would donate her own hair for cancer patients.

"I'm so excited and a little bit nervous because I don't know how I'm looking in the new hairstyle... so let's see what happens, but I hope it's going to be amazing," Nilanshi said just before getting her first haircut in 12 years.

When the first lock was cut, she kissed her hair goodbye. Once the big cut was done, Nialnshi got her short hair styled.

When her new look was revealed, Nilanshi was delighted, however, her mother couldn't stop herself from saying that she missed her daughter's long hair.

"I love my new hairstyle. I feel proud that I’m going to send my hair to the US museum- people will see and be inspired by my hair. I’m really, really happy… Today is a new beginning and I hope I will break many more records in future," Nilanshi said.

Her locks were tied up in a bunch that weighed 266 grams. They will be on display at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Hollywood before then being displayed at Guinness World Records Museum, also in Hollywood.

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