A 16-year-old Indian girl, Nilanshi Patel has set a new Guinness World Record for the longest hair on a teenager.

Her long brown locks measure 170.5 cm (5 ft 7 inches) long.

According to the website of the record, Nilanshi, who has been nicknamed a real-life Rapunzel by friends, has been growing her hair since she was six years old, following a bad experience at the hairdressers.

“I got my hair cut, a really bad haircut. That was when I decided that I won’t cut my hair. I decided that when I was six and have not cut it since,” she explained.

The decision to not cut her hair may have relieved Nilanshi of the need to visit hairdressers, but having such long hair requires a lot of effort and maintenance.

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Washing her flowing hair is a task, which she undertakes once a week. After it’s clean, it takes half an hour to dry and one hour to comb; tasks which Nilanshi’s mother helps her with.

Despite taking time to maintain, Nilanshi reveals that she still manages to lead a normal life.

“People think that I face so many problems with my hair, but I don’t face any problems, I do sports and all the other things with my hair. It’s a lucky charm for me,” she said.

“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 style it as a bun on my head so that it is comfortable for me.”

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