The woman with the world’s longest dreadlocks has found love with a hair stylist from Kenya.
Known as the Rasta Rapunzel, Asha Mandela has locks that measure a lengthy 55ft- longer than a double-decker bus and weigh 19 kgs. Asha holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest dreadlocks.
The 50 year old from Florida has found a match made in heaven with new husband, Emmanuel Chege, a qualified hairstylist from Kenya. He devotes his time to grooming her tresses, which reportedly take two days to wash and dry.
Emmanuel, who has been a hair stylist for 15 years, met Asha online three years ago after seeing her photos on hair websites.
He contacted Asha, and the pair met up while she was on a business trip to Kenya eight months later.
“It was so amazing to see all this amount of hair,” he recalled. “It was more than in my imagination. At first I thought maybe her locks were almost to her knees or to the ground, but the first glance when I saw her hair, it was so long, so it was so amazing and her beauty was so amazing too.”
A whirlwind romance followed and within a year of meeting they were married in Florida, where she lives.
Now, almost two years later, Mandela has entrusted the care of her precious dreads solely to her husband.
“My husband helps me with everything with my hair. I’m so spoilt since he’s been taking care of it and I’ve got totally lazy. He will massage my scalp, groom my hair or twist or wash it. He does a really good job of taking care of it so that’s a plus.”
Asha, who owns her own hair product business, was told by doctors her dreadlocks would paralyse her if she kept on growing them as the weight of her hair is affecting her back.
Now Emmanuel is training her at the gym to strengthen her back muscles and Asha has already lost almost 31kgs.
The couple now hope to have a “little Rasta baby” with Asha vowing “no comb is going to go on their head”.