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UPDATED: Asha Mandela Continues to Break Records for Longest Dreads

A while back I reported on Asha Mandela, the lady who is making history for having the world's longest dreadlocks. At the time Mandela's hair measured 8 feet, 9 inches long.

Since winning the record title for female with the longest dreads, her hair has grown even longer and now measures at 19 feet, 6 1/2 inches.

Mandela personally reached out to to share her updated info with its readers:

"Hi, my name is Asha Mandela... I am the Guinness World Record Holder for the Longest Dreadlocks....

I have been reading your news letters since i won the GWR award back in October of 08. I enjoy your articles and stories a great deal.

I would like to let you know that my record has since been updated in November 09 on the CBS Early Show. My locks has been re-measured and its actually 19ft plus long.

If its ok to ask...i humbly request that my info be updated in your files since i have noticed am attached to your links about hair and it will be nice for folks to have the updated information on my record."

Asha Mandela on the CBS Morning Show

Photos courtesy of Asha Mandela (click here for more)

It was noted in 2008 that when Asha washes her hair it takes 1 bottle of shampoo and 1 bottle of conditioner, and can sometimes take as long as two full days to dry completely. Below she has provided an amazing updated demonstration on just what it takes to wash her hair, and how she does it.

During a brief conversation with Asha, she added that she washes her hair three time a week in the Summer and twice-a-week in the Winter.

"Once I'm done, I lay it out either on the sofa or on a chair on my patio and relax with a book, or chat on the phone while it dries.. which takes about 2 hours in the Summer and like forever in the Winter," she said [laughing].

Since starting her own locks more than 21 years ago, Asha said she's never been to a beauty salon for any hair maintenance. She shared some of her experience having the world's longest dreadlocks, and provided a few details on what products she used during her early stages of hair growth.

"I have never been to a hairdresser in my life except for verification for GWR, they are very strict and had to be sure my hair is real human hair and that its actually mines," she said.

"I maintain my hair myself, and really don't have a daily regimen except to tie it on my back with some fabric like Afrikan women who carry there kids on there back. That keeps it in tack and out of harms way so i can get my chores and errands done effortless."

"I used to tie it in a bun on my head but within the last 2 years its gotten heavier and hurts my neck ... then sometimes I let it down and it drags behind me all over the house like a trail... but then it would get caught in stuff and pull my neck away [she laughs] so i tried the back tying and its genius...I feel nothing and that's good."

When asked about the products she uses to keep her locks looking healthy and knot-free, she responded:

"When I first started 21 years ago, I used Always Indian Hemp and Always Isogro. Those products are brilliant for new locks. After 3 years of growth my locks were thick and the product did not work as it should for me anymore.

"In terms of the actual products that I use now, I'm not allowed to say because of current projects that I have going on, but off-the-record, 'Carol's Daughter' is perfect."
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