Long, luxurious hair has been valued since the days of Rapunzel. But few women have taken it to her lengths – until Xie Qiuping.


Xie has the world’s longest hair, at over 16 feet.

Her hair is so long that she must wear it in a tiara on her head and travel with an attendant.


Xie has been growing her hair out since she was a child. She says that her last haircut was in 1973.

“It’s no trouble at all. I’m used to it. But you need patience and you need to hold yourself straight when you have hair like this,” said Xie

While Xie has a strong lock on the title of world’s longest hair, there is a challenger. Cheng Shiqiong has been growing out her hair since 1996. But Xie doesn’t need to be worried – Cheng’s hair is only half the length of Xie’s, at nearly eight feet long.


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Rachel is a writer and tutor living in Virginia. She loves learning about other cultures and thinks we’re all a little wacky.