Real-life Rapunzel, 12,
set to cut hair for the first time …
and plans to sell the 5ft 2in mane for £3,500
PUBLISHED: 12:53 GMT, 20 March 2012
Natasha Moraes de Andrade, who lives in an impoverished shanty town in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, has never had a haircut. At 5ft 3in, she is just one inch taller than the length of her wavy chestnut hair – and the maintenance it requires sees her use a full bottle of shampoo every week.
And children often stand outside her house and shout ‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.’
Her mother Catarina Moraes de Andrade, 42, said admirers told her never to cut her daughter’s beautiful hair as it was so thick and long
Children in her local neighbourhood chant ‘Rapunzel, let down your hair’ at her window, and passersby frequently take photographs.
Natasha’s mother Catarina Moraes de Andrade implored her daughter to cut her hair so that she could join in with the other children.
‘At the moment she is like a prisoner. She just goes from school to home again,’ Mrs Moraes de Andrade said.
‘I’ve let her keep it this way because she likes having such long hair, but the time has come to get it cut.
Natasha has been offered £1,750 for her hair once it has been lopped off but hopes to make more.
She said: ‘I love my long hair and I’ll be sad when it’s gone. But it’s a pain looking after it.
‘I can’t do a lot of things, like P.E. lessons at school.
‘I hope to sell it for £3,500 and refurbish my bedroom. I hope it can give me a new life.’
Natasha plans to cut it into a bob before she starts the next term of school.
Although she lives close to one of the city’s beaches, she can’t go swimming because sea water damages her hair and takes hours to clean out.
Natasha, who hopes to be an illustrator when she is older, has drawn a picture of the fairy tale princess Rapunzel, which is on the front door of the house.
The Guinness World Record for the world’s longest hair belongs to China’s Xie Qiuping whose hair measures 5.63 metres.