Real-life Rapunzel reveals bugs constantly get trapped in her 51-inch long hair as it is so thick

A REAL-LIFE Rapunzel has shared how she spends 16 hours a week managing her 51-inch long tresses – and her hair is so thick that BUGS are constantly getting trapped in it.

Alena Mazanik, 35, from Russia, had always had long hair but never aspired to have the lengthy locks she has now.

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Alena Mazanik’s hair is 51 inches long and she admits bugs often get trapped in itCredit: @mazanik_aliona/mediadrumworld.c
Alena says she receives lots of compliments when she walks with her hair down and children often compare her to Rapunzel

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Alena says she receives lots of compliments when she walks with her hair down and children often compare her to RapunzelCredit: @mazanik_aliona/mediadrumworld.c

She revealed how her hair care routine typically takes two to four hours a time, three to four times a week. 

She uses herbal oils and masks to massage her scalp to stimulate growth combined with shampoo with soft surfactants and moisturising hair masks. 

Following a wash, she uses sprays, creams and oils which stick in her hair to keep it in good condition. 

After years of growing out her hair, it now is 51-inches long and almost reaches her knees.

Alena said: “Sometimes the length of it causes problems, for example I accidentally sit on it or catch it in a car door and it clings to door handles. 

“Flies, beetles and butterflies can even become tangled in it.

“I love that my hair is fluffy and very soft. In the summer, I wear my hair loose and enjoy the feeling of it brushing against my shoulders, arms and thighs.

“I enjoy combing my hair and stroking it with my hands.”

Alena says she receives lots of compliments when she walks with her hair down and children often compare her to Rapunzel. 

Men often tell her ‘never cut your beautiful hair’ and online people leave her comments telling her they love her hair – some women call her an inspiration and tell her she motivates them to grow their hair.

However, she also receives negative comments and gets told her hair looks like a horse’s tail. 

When she gets told this, she responds with “thank you, horses are beautiful animals with amazing thick hair”. 

Some people think that her hair is too unkempt, but Alena believes that all hair can be beautiful.

Sometimes the length of it causes problems, for example I accidentally sit on it or catch it in a car door and it clings to door handles.

Alena Mazanik

“Everyday people from all over the world write to me on Instagram and TikTok and admire my hair,” continued Alena.

“Women tell me that I motivate and inspire them. They ask me for advice on how to grow their hair and I help them.

“However, some people believe that only straight and smooth hair is beautiful and my hair is unkempt.

“I explain to them that any hair can be beautiful – whether it’s straight, curly, fluffy, long or short, thick or sparse.

“You can’t hate people for their appearance. Every person is beautiful in their own way and has the right to choose what kind of hair they want.”

She first knew she took pride in her hair in 1999 when she was 13 and she cut her 12-inch lengthy tresses off to fit in with the short bob hair styles of the time.

She quickly realised it was a mistake and became very upset while she waited for it to grow back.

After it had recovered from the cut, she continued to grow it out.


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When she hit 19 in 2006, her hair was 22-inches long and she decided she wanted to try her hand at colouring her hair. 

She continued dying her hair until she was 23 in 2010 – she experimented with hair dyes which severely damaged the condition of her hair.

Realising the damage she’d caused to her hair in 2011, she began to grow her hair again and gradually trimmed off the damaged and coloured parts of the hair.

Over the next few years she continued to grow her luxurious locks and in 2018 she decided she wanted very long hair and began to take her hair care seriously.

She documents her hair growth journey online on Instagram and TikTok, where she has nearly two million followers, under the handle @mazanik_aliona.

She revealed how her hair care routine typically takes two to four hours a time, three to four times a week

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She revealed how her hair care routine typically takes two to four hours a time, three to four times a weekCredit: @mazanik_aliona/mediadrumworld.c
Men often tell her ‘never cut your beautiful hair’ and online people leave her comments telling her they love her hair

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Men often tell her ‘never cut your beautiful hair’ and online people leave her comments telling her they love her hairCredit: @mazanik_aliona/mediadrumworld.c
Following a wash, she uses sprays, creams and oils which stick in her hair to keep it in good condition

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Following a wash, she uses sprays, creams and oils which stick in her hair to keep it in good conditionCredit: @mazanik_aliona/mediadrumworld.c

We previously shared how a woman has grown her hair since she was five years old and it’s now 6½ft long.

And a woman reveals how to tell if short or longer hair suits you better, all you need is a tape measure & pencils.

Real-life Rapunzel Andrea Stano, 34, with 5ft 6in-long hair claims peanut butter has helped her locks grow to her ankles

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