Originally posted at BVHairTalk.com.
They measure 19 feet, 6 inches long. When dry, they weigh four pounds. When wet, at least ten pounds. Asha Mandela has the longest dreadlocks in the world – making her an official Guinness World Record holder.
For Asha, it’s more than just a hairstyle. It is a way of life, and an expression of self.
“When I started growing my locks, I suddenly became very over protective of them as I felt they beheld all my energy, widom, knowledge and understanding and my over all strength. So i twisted, groomed and mantained them for myself…to the present,” she explained in a recent e mail interview.
Caring for hair of that length requires a lot of time, and a LOT of products. Check out how many bottles of shampoo she uses to wash her hair!
Asha swears by Allways Natural Isogro Conditioning Hairdress, and good old fashioned olive oil to massage and treat her scalp.
Look out for more YouTube videos from Asha – she promises a video detailing her hair dying process next.
I think Asha’s locks are beautiful and inspiring, and represent what the true meaning of locks are to those who grow them for spiritual reasons. It’s so more than a hairstyle, for many who grow them.
Longtime Afrobella readers might remember my original 2008 post about Asha, and the follow up Comment of the Week post from Asha herself. Click here to visit her website, and click here to follow her on Twitter. And please feel free to leave Asha your questions or friendly comments below, she’ll definitely be reading!