Nilanshi Patel, the world record holder for the longest hair on a teenager, has had her first haircut in 12 years. Since 2018, the 18-year-old from Modasa, Gujarat, has held the Guinness World Record.
Nilanshi’s hair was measured for the last time in July 2020, just before her 18th birthday. It measured 200cm, securing her the title of longest hair ever on a teenager.
Gujarat’s Rapunzel started growing her locks when she was six years old, following a bad experience at a hair salon.
Nilanshi Patel said: “I got my hair cut, a really bad haircut. So, then I decided that I won’t cut my hair. I decided that when I was six and have not cut it since.”
Nilanshi Patel stuck by her decision for 12 years and had previously described her long hair as her “lucky charm”. But now, she decided to cut her long locks and the video circulated online. She said: “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.”
Her hair was sectioned and tied up, ready to be cut. It was an emotional process for Nilanshi as her hair had been such a major part of her life.
But in just a few minutes, the initial big cut was complete. The teenager went on to get her new, short locks cut and styled.
Nilanshi Patel donated her hair to Ripley’s. Once it has been shipped from India to the USA it will be on display at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Hollywood before then being displayed at Guinness World Records Museum, also in Hollywood. Fortunately, Nilanshi Patel is still thrilled with her new shorter hairstyle and can’t wait to see her long locks on display.