By Chantel Morel. Photos: Courtesy of Instagram.
Long hair will never go out of style, just ask Nicki Minaj and Vanessa Hudgens. But, while most of us turn to extensions to pull this off, Aliia Nasyrova was naturally blessed with fairytale princess hair.
Inspired in part by the hair of fairytale characters, 27-year-old Nasyrova has been growing her hair for over 20 years. “I started to grow my hair because since childhood I liked long hair very much. And I was always attracted by long hair heroines from fairy tales," she told Barcroft News. Today her hair is over seven and a half feet long, which certainly adds a bit of weight to her head.
“My hair is so heavy, I would compare it to the weight of my cat,” she said. Ahh...just picture carrying that around all day. As you can imagine, Nasyrova's long locks have brought her plenty of attention. The Russia-native who now resides in Latvia has gained over 17,000 followers on Instagram alone. Throughout her page you'll find memorizing videos of her flowing hair. While many comment in awe of Nasyrova's gorgeous wavy hair, she claims that not everyone appreciates it. “Some people write ‘cut it, sell it or get rid of it," she told Barcroft News. However, Nasyrova does not react against internet trolls and is thankful for support of her husband, Ivan Balaban.
Balaban is a huge fan of Nasyrova's hair, in fact, he makes sure there's enough space on their bed to accommodate it. “I am always cuddling up the wall to give more space for hair, so there is no way I can damage it accidentally, mix them up or harm it any other way," he said. The couple even plans their holidays around her haircare needs, which takes a lot more time and product than normal. Without the use of a blow dryer it could take Nasyrova a whole day for her hair to dry completely. Due to her popularity, many brands donate hair products to Nasyrova, which surely helps the cost of her hair maintenance. She also trims her ends once a month.
Even though many may feel the need to compare Nasyrova's hair to that of Xie Qiuping, who currently holds the Guinness record for longest hair in the world at 18-feet long, for Nasyrova this isn't a competition. “I don’t have a dream to get in Guinness Record Book,” she said. Nasyrova loves her long hair, and even though it may seem easier to leave it straight, she creates different styles. Check out some of her hairstyles below.
This story originally appeared on Allure.
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