“People think that I face so many problems with my hair"
Nilanshi Patel from Gujarat is India’s real-life Rapunzel as she breaks the world record for the longest hair on a teenager at an incredible length of 170.5 cm.
16-year-old Nilanshi was asked about the secret behind her long tresses. Nilanshi revealed that she applies a homemade hair oil prepared by her mother, yet did not disclose the secret ingredient.
Nilanshi Patel created history as she broke her record on September 22, 2019. She said:
“I love my hair, I never want to get my hair chopped. It was mum’s dream to get my name in (the) Guinness Book of World Records.”
Nilanshi further added how this new world record has led her to newfound fame. She said:
“I am happy that I made (the) Guinness Book of World Records. There is a new world in my life. The entire world has started knowing me.”
The official Guinness World Record’s Instagram page shared a video of Nilashi as well as pictures to announce the news. It said:
“Friends call her Rapunzel – Nilanshi Patel has been growing her hair since she was six years old following a bad experience at the hairdressers.
“The 16-year-old from Gujurat, India, has set a new record for the longest hair on a teenager, with lengthy locks that measure 170.5 cm (5ft 7 in).
“‘I got my hair cut, a really bad hair cut. So, then I decided that I won’t cut my hair. I decided that when I was six and have not cut it since,” she explained.
In response to being asked about her hair care routine, Nilanshi revealed that she washed her hair once a week.
After washing her long locks it takes her hair about half an hour to dry and another hour to comb.
Nilanshi Patel is currently a student of Class 12 and is preparing for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) to become a software engineer.
When asked whether her long hair gets in the way of her studies, Nilanshi said:
“I never felt a distraction because whenever mummy takes care of my hair, I have books in my hand.”
“This is happening since my childhood so I am habitual to it.
“People think that I face so many problems with my hair, but I don’t face any problems, I do sports and all the things with my hair. It’s a lucky charm for me.
“I style it as a long braid or as a bun on the top of my head. When I am going to an occasion, or when I am playing table tennis, I bun my hair on my head so that is it comfortable for me.”
Nilanshi Patel further added that her dream is to continue setting more world records. She aims to achieve the longest hair on an adult.