Russian Aliia Nasyrova loves Rapunzel so much, she’s been trying to emulate her favorite fairytale character for decades. The 27-year-old who now lives in the baltic state of Latvia has not cut her hair for two decades. It is currently 2.3 meters long and weighs around two kilograms.
The tale of Rapunzel is a German fairytale which became globally popular when the Brothers Grimm released it in their book Children’s and Household Tales in 1812. It is an adaptation of Friedrich Schulz’s Rapunzel tale from 1790. It tells the story of a maiden locked away in a tower, who lets her hair down out of the window, so her beloved prince can climb and visit her.
The story, however, can be traced back many centuries, with several similar tales appearing in different places, including the famed Petrosinella, a Neapolitan fairytale from 1634. Another frequent comparison is with the 11th-century Persian tale of Rudāba.
Aliia Nasyrova was born in Samara, Russia, but now lives in Latvia. She believes she has the longest hair in the Baltic country.
“I started to grow my hair because since childhood I liked long hair very much. And I was always attracted by long hair heroines from fairy tales,” the 27-year-old said.
Aliia’s husband, Ivan Balaban thinks of his wife’s mane as a ‘member of the family’
He says he is proud of her for sticking to her own guns and refusing to cut her hair, despite frequent encouragement by people around her.
The pair have to leave extra space in their bed for Aliia’s locks, almost the same as having another person beside them.
Russia-born Aliia always has to braid her hair before leaving home to avoid accidents.
“Since my hair is longer than my height, sometimes I step on it at home. And outside I never go out with flowing hair,” she said.
Aliia’s hair care entails trimming her hair once a month to get rid of split ends.
She does not plan on cutting it anytime soon, although she is adamant her goal is not to be in the Guinness Book of Records.
“I am always cuddling up the wall when in bed to give more space for hair, so there is no way I can damage it accidentally, mix them up or harm it any other way,” her husband joked. “I always talk to the braid respectfully. Sometimes I ask it to move a bit.”