Woman With World's Longest Dreadlocks Ignores Health Warnings
A 47-year old woman from Atlanta holds the record for the world's longest dreadlocks and said that she has no intention of cutting her hair short even though doctors have warned her that the weight of her dreadlocks could leave her paralyzed.
Asha Mandela's hair is 55-feet long, which is longer than a bus, and weighs over 19 kilograms. Doctors have warned her that the weight of her hair has started a collapse of the back of her neck and has led to a curvature in her spine and unless she cuts off her hair quickly, she may become paralyzed.
However Asha said that she is not willing to cut off her hair and said that doing so would be similar to committing suicide. Speaking to The Mirror, she said, "The doctors seem to think I have a curvature of my spine and that it's the length and the weight of my hair that's making me curve. Some have said my neck has collapsed at the back and that I need to be careful because I could start having spasms in my spine and probably be paralysed. My hair has become part of me. It is my life. I will never cut it. Cutting it would be equivalent to suicide. It would be like being a zombie".