After it was revealed that her ankle-length hair had not been cut in 23 years, a 28-year-old nurse from the Russian city of Irkutsk was called the “Russian Rapunzel.”
When Anzhelika Baranova’s hair was last clipped, she was just five years old. She and her parents had no intention of letting her hair grow for nearly two decades; it just happened, as if it were meant to be. Her hair was always a source of pride for her, and maintaining it was never a chore.
She claims she doesn’t do anything unusual to keep her hair in good condition; she simply washes it twice a week with standard shampoo and conditioner and brushes it gently with a comb to avoid breaking knotted strands.
In an interview with Caters News, Baranova said:
“Everything is very simple, minimal care. I wash my hair two times a week with a washable conditioner for easy combing, then dry it naturally and comb it very carefully.”
The 28-year-old stated that walking around with ankle-length hair might be difficult and even uncomfortable at times, but that it’s worth it because her magnificent mane offers her so much joy.
She added, saying that she wouldn’t cut her hair anytime soon:
“My loved ones, like me, believe that long hair looks very beautiful.”
Anzhelika Baranova is just one of a few real-life Rapunzels in the world. There is Rin Kambe who is from Japan with 15-foot-long hair that hasn’t been cut in 15 years and Alena Kravchenko from Ukraine who hasn’t had her hair cut in 28 years.