The real Rapunzel, who has almost 7ft of hair, hasn’t had a cut in 17 years

Rin Kambe has been growing out her hair for 17 years and is now a true Rapunzel, with curls nearly 7ft long – and she takes two hours to blow dry them

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Japanese model Rin Kambe sports Rapunzel-like hair

A woman who has been growing her hair out for 17 years is now a true Rapunzel with locks that are an incredible 6ft 11in, which puts her just an inch away from having 7ft of hair.

Rin Kambe, 42, says she often has to tie her hair in a bun to keep it off the ground because, at just 5 feet tall, she has trouble completing daily chores when her hair is down, as they are over a foot longer than she is.

And the model’s stunning locks are a full four inches longer than lanky soccer legend Peter Crouch’s.

Rin’s hair is 6 feet 11 inches long


Rin Kambe / CATERS NEWS)

She has been growing it for 17 years


Rin Kambe / CATERS NEWS)

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It takes Rin over an hour to wash her hair and two hours to blow dry it, and while she can put it back into a bun in just 10 minutes, she often has to change the position of the bun throughout the day, because it’s so hard it gives her a headache.

The woman, from Tokyo, Japan, said: “When I keep my hair down I struggle with almost everything I do, it’s so easy to trip over it. I can’t even go to the bathroom, let alone change my clothes or eat noodle soup. I hate going outside when my hair is down.

“I wash my hair twice a week and do a lot of treatments. After washing, I dry them quickly by blowing air. It takes an hour to wash my hair and do a treatment and scalp massage, two hours to dry it and then brush it. I do my best to wash my hair so it doesn’t damage it, it takes three hours .

Rin takes an hour to wash her hair


Rin Kambe / CATERS NEWS)

And two more hours to blow dry


Rin Kambe / CATERS NEWS)

“I feel like my hair is my precious partner in life. It’s still growing every day. Usually people’s first reaction is to wonder if my hair is real. When they learn it’s real, they’re both shocked and impressed.

“I never think about cutting my hair. My head doesn’t hurt, but sometimes the hairline and scalp feel heavy.”

Rin previously worked as a dancer in the early 2000s and at the time wore a short bob hairstyle that was drastically different from the long locks she has today.

The model chose to let her hair grow out because her short cut didn’t feel distinctive or memorable, and she wanted to stand out while also acknowledging Japanese culture, as long hair is a symbol of Japanese princesses in the Heian period.

She added: “I had short hair as a kid, but after becoming a dancer and imagining myself dancing with long hair, I don’t even think about cutting it short ever again.

“When I wake up in the morning, it takes me less than 10 minutes to brush and put my hair back together. When I’m in a hurry I can do it in five minutes because I like to twist my hair into a snood to prevent that when I’m tangled or stressed, when I’m sleeping and when I wake up it’s usually neat organized in the hair net.

“If I’m active that day, I lightly brush my hair a few times when I put it back together.”

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