Chinese Rapunzel’s 16 Foot Record Hair

Posted on May 31, 2009

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

Chinese Rapunzels 16 Foot Record Hair picture

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.

Chinese Rapunzels 16 Foot Record Hair picture

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.

Chinese Rapunzels 16 Foot Record Hair picture

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Chinese Rapunzels 16 Foot Record Hair picture
Rachel is a writer and tutor living in Virginia. She loves learning about other cultures and thinks we’re all a little wacky.
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18 comments
Sinbad
Sinbad

A haircut is: major amount of hair cut off, bangs are a normal thing to trim. My ex had her hair to 111" (9'3") thank God she sold it (9') in 1979 for $1.200. It was a night mare to do, wash, dry, comb, braid etc, was so happy to see the scissors cutting it all off to a 3" Pixie cut..

Sig
Sig

Bangs can grow naturally :) my friend has a row of short hair that look like bangs, but its because her hairline changes

a hair fetishist
a hair fetishist

She needs to build a tower in her backyard and make it her room

Boosh
Boosh

Less time than you spend perusing time-wasting content on the internet.

memadman
memadman

She should get a life. What amount of time did she devote to her hair?

ewwwww
ewwwww

ya thats what I thought...plus her hair looks disgusting and it freaks me out..ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

resabambino
resabambino

Aren't these people worry about split ends and dry damage brittle hair. Even though they have the longest hair their hair still looks stringy at the end.

Ryan
Ryan

He has 8 feet of hair since 1996. That's 0.6 feet a year! She has 16 feet of hair since 1973. That's 0.4 feet a year!

kevin
kevin

what about longest pubic hair lol

Trish
Trish

If she hasn't cut her hair since 1973, why does she have bangs?

Trish
Trish

I have seen the guy with nosehair, he comes into my store!

Captain Banana
Captain Banana

How come now one attempts to have the longest armpit hair?

hanic
hanic

because it happens later on in life