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Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Real-Life Rapunzel: Girl, 12, Has 3ft 4in Golden Locks Which She's Only Cut Three Times In Her Life (And Take Her An HOUR To Wash)

  • Katy White is 4ft 11in and her hair measures 3ft 4in
  • Takes an hour to wash and another hour to dry
  • Despite length, Katy's hair is not yet record-breaking
  • Asha Mandela and her 55ft long dreadlocks currently hold the world title
With her long golden hair, schoolgirl Katy White could be Wales' answer to fairytale heroine Rapunzel.

Katy, a pupil at Amman Valley Comprehensive, isn't short of admirers, who stop her to marvel at the length of her hair - which is almost the same height as her.

Katy, of Bishop Road, Ammanford, is 4ft 11in and her hair, which flows to the back of her knees, measures 3ft 4in.


'There was a time, when Katy was about six, when she decided to cut two big chunks out of the front of her hair,' said mother Barbara.

'I saw the hair in the bin and assumed Katy had thrown a doll away. When I pulled the hair out I turned around and saw that Katy had two huge steps in the front of her hair. Apart from that she's only ever had it trimmed at the hairdressers, and only three times.'

But as well as attracting admirers, Katy's hair also creates it own problems.

'It may be beautiful but it can also be pretty deadly,' laughed Barbara. 'She practices the martial art Choi Kwang Do, and to do that we have to put her hair in a plait.


'The only problem is that when she spins, her hair whips round, and people have to move out of the way. It's like a secret weapon.'

On average, Katy's hair takes an hour to wash and just as long to dry. 'People stop me to ask about my hair all the time, I'm used to it now,' said Katy.


'I can't imagine having it cut, although I do have it tied back most of the time, especially when I'm in school.'


Having never officially had her hair measured, hairdresser Lisa Bryan from Bedazzled, in Ammanford, stepped forward to measure Katy's mane.


'I haven't ever seen hair this long before,' said Lisa. 'It clearly is well looked after.'

Despite its head-turning capabilities, a spokesperson from the Guinness World Record said Katy's hair is not yet record-breaking but added: 'That is some long hair for a girl of her age.'


Asha Mandela and her 55ft long dreadlocks currently hold the world title.