Sunday, April 1, 2012

12 Year-old Girl's Long Hair - The Real-life Rapunzel...

A twelve-year-old girl, Natasha Moraes de Andrade 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 to sell the 5ft 2inch 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 a lot of maintenance it requires for her lengthy hair.

Natasha spends four hours per week washing her hair and up to an hour-and-a-half brushing it each day. She also uses a full bottle of shampoo every week to maintain here hair. 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. Her mother Catarina Moraes de Andrade, 42, told her never to cut her daughter's beautiful hair as it was so thick and long. Children in her local neighborhood often stand outside her house and chant 'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair' at her window, and passersby frequently take photographs

Natasha's mother, Mrs Moraes 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.'

'I've let her keep it this way because she likes having such long hair, but the time has come to get it cut.
But now she's urging her girl to chop it off because it's interfering with her life.'

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

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