Real-life Rapunzel spends 24 hours a week washing 3ft long hair and wants it floor-length

By Beth Ure

A woman is growing her hair to the floor in a bid to become a real life Rapunzel, and spends 24 hours of her week caring for it.

Zelda Rose, 20, started growing her hair out 10 years ago, initially just hoping for longer locks to style.

But the student with 3ft 6in long locks from North Carolina, US, now wants her hair to touch the floor says washing it is a full 24 hour process.

Zelda said: "I put loads of oils in my hair, like Argan oil and coconut oil before I go to bed. Once my hair is totally soaked I go to sleep so my hair can absorb it all.

"Then I do a hair mask, then regular shampoo and conditioner in the shower, then I let it totally air dry. Per day it's pretty easy because I just brush it and put it in a braid every day, so that's about 10 minutes."

Zelda Rose, 20, started growing her hair out 10 years ago, initially just hoping for longer locks to style (@zeldafeb/ MERCURY PRESS)
The student has 3ft 6in long locks (@zeldafeb/ MERCURY PRESS)

Zelda plans to grow her hair to reach floor length but estimates this could take up to another 10 years.

She said: "At first, I didn't know how long I was going to go, but ever since I reached mid-thigh it's inspired me to really want floor-length hair.

Zelda Rose with long hair (@zeldafeb/ MERCURY PRESS)

"I've already got halfway. It took me 10 years to get to this length so I think I'll get to the floor in another 10."

Zelda also often gets strangers approaching her about her hair.

She said: "People will ask to touch it, or ask if it's extensions. Most people will just say 'wow, your hair is so long'."

She spends 24 hours of her week caring for it (@zeldafeb/ MERCURY PRESS)

Zelda uses the 'search and destroy' method to keep her hair healthy without needing a trim.

She said: "Once I week I go through my ends and I look for any split ends or anything like that. Then I trim individual hairs."

Currently, she has no plans to cut or trim her hair.

She said: "I can only imagine that when I'm 60 I won't physically be able to have all this hair anymore. When I do get particularly old I might have to cut it back down short.

"Right now, I want to keep growing it as long as I can."

You can follow Zelda's journey on her Instagram @zeldafeb.

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