A woman who is nicknamed the “real-life Rapunzel” due to her 1.8m long hair claims to have men begging to sniff her long locks, and she insists she’s even been receiving marriage proposals!
Alena Kravchenko has been growing her hair for over 30 years and believes that a woman’s beauty is defined by “the length of hair”.
The 34-year-old sets aside an hour a day to wash her precious hair, but doesn’t plan to grow it any longer as it’s already garnered so much attention!
Last year, Alena decided to share the majestic length of her hair through Instagram and has so far racked up impressive 25,800 followers.
Since starting a social media account, Alena claims she has received marriage proposals left, right and centre whilst some just beg to sniff her hair.
She insists she laughs this off, having gotten used to the rather peculiar requests that she has received.
She claimed: “They are proud that they know me and have the honour of telling about me.
“A lot of men admire my hair, want to meet, travel, invite me to visit their country, make offers of hand and heart.
“I can laugh it off correctly, often I don’t answer messages so as not to give a man hope.”
Ever since she was a little girl, Alena has wanted to emulate the ideal woman.
She said: “From childhood, my mother told me how long a braid adorns a woman, her words live in my heart and soul throughout life.
“For me, true beauty is in naturalness, which is why my hair is so long, it is the manifestation of my inner world, part of me and my soul.”
To keep her hair in immaculate condition, Alena has a very time-consuming schedule when it comes to hair, which involves washing her hair daily for an hour each time.
To make sure it stays healthy and strong, she also has to comb her hair twice a day and trim the ends of every six months so it doesn’t go raggedy.
Alena never wants to cut it any shorter, however, as it makes her stand out against “ordinary women” and gives her a sense of individuality.
“I wash my hair once a week, this process takes about an hour, given the preparation before and after washing,” she said.
“I comb my hair at least two times a day, I usually braid my hair, make a bun.
“I use both natural products and hair care products, as well as professional products.
“I trim the ends two times a year, the last time I did it in July, I cut 15 centimetres.”
Alena admits that there are inconveniences to having such long locks, including standing on strands of it from time to time, but she believes the admiration she receives makes it all justified.
She said: “I can’t notice any situations with long hair. The only thing in the loose form is to accidentally step on the hair.
“There are no physical discomforts, given that the braid grew with me all my life. Accordingly, my body is used to it.”
“The main secret in long beautiful hair is a great desire to have such beauty. You cannot doubt it for a moment.”
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