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The Woman Who Refused To Cut Her Hair Since She Was 5 Is Now 34 Y.O. And Looks Like A Real-Life Rapunzel
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The Woman Who Refused To Cut Her Hair Since She Was 5 Is Now 34 Y.O. And Looks Like A Real-Life Rapunzel

While many of us dream about having long, luscious locks, we all know that having perfect long hair comes down to two things. The first thing is that you need to be extremely patient when you are growing it out and put a lot of effort into taking care of your hair. The second is, of course, genetics, so no matter what products you use, your thin, prone to breakage hair won’t become thick and healthy-looking. If you’re one of the unlucky ones who wasn’t blessed with patience or good genes, you can only admire those who have both of these things.

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One of those lucky people is 34-year-old Alena Kravchenko from Odesa, Ukraine. She has been dubbed the real-life Rapunzel after going viral for her 6 foot (1.8 meters) long hair.

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Alena has been growing her hair since she was 5 years old, after being encouraged by her mother. “From an early age, my mother instilled a love for long hair,” she told Bored Panda.

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She hasn’t cut her hair in almost 30 years, and despite her hair outgrowing her height of 5′6″ (1.68 meters) she doesn’t even think about cutting it.

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“My love for my braid is so strong that for a second in my whole life I did not think about a haircut. I can not see and cannot imagine myself with short hair or dyed in a different color!” she added.

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While taking care of such long and beautiful locks takes some time, Alena says that it’s not that hard for her as she absolutely loves her hair.

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“It’s not hard for me with my hair, nor the constant care of them, it’s all a joy because this is part of me — my beauty and wealth!” she states.

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The woman says that to keep her hair healthy she allows it to dry naturally and uses products to nourish it.

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“The main thing that I never do: I don’t dry my hair with a hairdryer, I don’t use curling irons, I don’t comb my wet hair (they dry naturally), it’s all taboo. I wash my hair once a week, use natural masks, various types of oils to nourish my hair; the main care is professional cosmetics. I definitely use dried fruits, nuts, and homemade cottage cheese.”

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Her ultimate tip for those who want to have hair as beautiful as hers is to love it. “In order to have long and beautiful hair, you just need to really want and love what you do.”

Here’s how people reacted to Alena’s hair

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Jennie-Lind Normand
Community Member
2 years ago

I've had hair that was more than three feet long, and it was so much work! (I am only 5'2"!). I have incredibly thick hair too, it was forever getting caught in just about everything, if I wore it up I ended up with headaches because it was so heavy, and I'm not even getting into the work of washing and straightening (cause it has a natural curl to it too) and the cost or colouring it was crazy! One day I had had enough! I cut it off to just below my ears and donated 3 feet to make wigs for cancer patients, best decision ever!

Eva Verde
Community Member
2 years ago

Same thing here, the "no comment bug"... Anyway, the hair on this girl is ok, but the ends look a bit week. @Jennie-Lind: it doesn't make sense to colour or straighten very long hair, it's beauty is in being natural.

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Doodlebug
Community Member
2 years ago

You can see where the hair below mid back is broken, split, or otherwise damaged, and the bottom third is really kind of gross. I guess "pretty" is subjective, but this is definitely the opposite of pretty to me, sorry.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

"Gross" is not a word that is applicable here, but her hair would look so much nicer if at least 30 cm/ a foot was cut off. That said, she does look like a fairytale princess.

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Charlese Bonca
Community Member
2 years ago

Imagine what it looks like when it's staticy

Jennie-Lind Normand
Community Member
2 years ago

When I was about 7 on a class trip to a science and technology museum I got chosen to demonstrate the static ball because I had the longest hair in the audience, it was about 2-3 feet long then, and it was like a huge halo all around my head... just about every hair stood straight up

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Jennie-Lind Normand
Community Member
2 years ago

I've had hair that was more than three feet long, and it was so much work! (I am only 5'2"!). I have incredibly thick hair too, it was forever getting caught in just about everything, if I wore it up I ended up with headaches because it was so heavy, and I'm not even getting into the work of washing and straightening (cause it has a natural curl to it too) and the cost or colouring it was crazy! One day I had had enough! I cut it off to just below my ears and donated 3 feet to make wigs for cancer patients, best decision ever!

Eva Verde
Community Member
2 years ago

Same thing here, the "no comment bug"... Anyway, the hair on this girl is ok, but the ends look a bit week. @Jennie-Lind: it doesn't make sense to colour or straighten very long hair, it's beauty is in being natural.

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Doodlebug
Community Member
2 years ago

You can see where the hair below mid back is broken, split, or otherwise damaged, and the bottom third is really kind of gross. I guess "pretty" is subjective, but this is definitely the opposite of pretty to me, sorry.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

"Gross" is not a word that is applicable here, but her hair would look so much nicer if at least 30 cm/ a foot was cut off. That said, she does look like a fairytale princess.

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Charlese Bonca
Community Member
2 years ago

Imagine what it looks like when it's staticy

Jennie-Lind Normand
Community Member
2 years ago

When I was about 7 on a class trip to a science and technology museum I got chosen to demonstrate the static ball because I had the longest hair in the audience, it was about 2-3 feet long then, and it was like a huge halo all around my head... just about every hair stood straight up

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