Brazilian Girl To Sell Her 5ft Long Hair For £3,500

A twelve-year-old girl who has been dubbed the real-life Rapunzel after refusing to cut her hair for her whole life is to cut it all off – and plans the 5ft 2in mane of hair for £3,500 to be made into extensions.

Natasha Moraes de Andrade, who lives in an impoverished shanty town in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, has never had a haircut. At 5ft 3in, she is just one inch taller than the length of her wavy chestnut hair – and the maintenance it requires sees her use a full bottle of shampoo every week.

Natasha Moraes de Andrade, 12, says her 5ft 2in hair makes her life a misery - and she plans to cut it off to sell for extensions

Natasha, who has to hold her hair up when she walks, hopes to make up to £3,500 from the sale of her hair, which she says she will put towards a 'better life'

Natasha spends an hour and a half every day brushing her mane

Natasha spends four hours per week washing her hair and up to an hour-and-a-half brushing it each day. She has to carry it around when she walks, and fold it onto her lap when she sits down.

Despite Rio’s 40-degree heat Natasha’s family cannot switch on a fan in the house because her hair gets caught in it.

Children in her local neighbourhood chant 'Rapunzel, let down your hair' at her window, and passersby frequently take photographs

Natasha's mother Catarina Moraes de Andrade implored her daughter to cut her hair so that she could join in with the other children

But now she's urging her girl to chop it off because it's interfering with her life. Mrs Moreas de Andrade said: 'At the moment she is like a prisoner. She just goes from school to home again. 'She can't do anything else, like sports, because her hair gets in the way. The school told me she should get it cut so she can have her freedom like other girls her age. 'People stare. Sometimes, they call out at Natasha in the street and try to touch her hair. 'We spend about about £400 a year on shampoo, which is a lot of money for us.

Natasha, who has to hold her hair up when she walks, hopes to make up to £3,500 from the sale of her hair, which she says she will put towards a 'better life'

‘I’ve let her keep it this way because she likes having such long hair, but the time has come to get it cut.

Natasha has been offered £1,750 for her hair once it has been lopped off but hopes to make more.

She said: ‘I love my long hair and I’ll be sad when it’s gone. But it’s a pain looking after it.

‘I can’t do a lot of things, like P.E. lessons at school.

‘I hope to sell it for £3,500 and refurbish my bedroom. I hope it can give me a new life.’

Natasha plans to cut it into a bob before she starts the next term of school.

Although she lives close to one of the city’s beaches, she can’t go swimming because sea water damages her hair and takes hours to clean out.

Natasha, who hopes to be an illustrator when she is older, has drawn a picture of the fairy tale princess Rapunzel, which is on the front door of the house.

The Guinness World Record for the world’s longest hair belongs to China’s Xie Qiuping whose hair measures 5.63 metres.

In April 2012, Natasha cut her hair. Click here to see her new look.

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  1. salisu musa Reply

    What has gone to that l evel of selling natural h air.

  2. khubi Reply


    • Sam Reply

      Hey there, I wanna sell my hair, I am 30 years old man, my hair is one of the best you will ever see, and it is 46 inches long. I just wanna start my small business, and that’s the reason I am selling it for

  3. cailet sanders Reply

    phh. Spoiled brat. Cut the hair off and get a few hundred bucks out of it. Stop pretending you’re a princess and live your life.

  4. LaTaja hall Reply

    It sickens me how cruel and stupid you idiots could be posting comments. The child is 12 the fact she has such long hair and would like to cut it TO SUPPORT HER FAMILY FOR A BETTER LIFE SMH. I’m happy she’s selling her hair to receive the money for something so positive. People chop they’re hair off everyday probably just for the money being greedy. This hair she sales will make a lot of people happy. Wigs can be made for cancer patients etc. I hope Natasha enjoys her new hair cut and enjoys being able to live as a regular hold her age she has lots to catch up on!

  5. mary Reply

    i am so excited that this girl is naturally blessed with long hair, a lot of people wish they even have 1 inch, isnt God good to het? my dear enjoy yourself with your gift, the Bible says the gift of a man makes way for him, enjoy your pounds, haters should go and hug transformer.

    • Mary Reply

      I go with my name sake mary, tz a gift dah would yeild return in d future 4rm God, I dnt tink it shuld b cut off

  6. Anonymous Reply

    Natasja moet haar haar nooit knippen alleen maar laten groeien ik vind dat wel mooi

  7. Anonymous Reply

    when i was in year 4(in 2011 i was 9 and now im 12) my hair was 15 inches long then i cut it to a bob for a charity called Little Princess Trust. The Little Princess Trust provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment

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