By Sandra Birungi
The only person who has ever held the title of having the longest dreadlocks is 50 year old Asha Mandela, a mother of an 11 year old boy, Zion married to her third husband.
Mandela started growing dreadlocks aged 25 years of age as she embarked on a spiritual journey. Today, he has dreads that weigh 39 pounds roughly 17 kilograms and when she is moving out of home, she folds them in a baby sling.
Of her locks, Mandela says, “Cutting it would be equivalent to suicide. It would be like being a zombie,” she said. “My hair has never caused a problem with intimacy. I think it adds a little spice on top. My hair has become part of me. It is my life. I will never cut it.”
“The doctors seem to think I have a curvature of my spine and that it’s the length and the weight of my hair that’s making me curve. Some have said my neck has collapsed at the back and that I need to be careful because I could start having spasms in my spine and probably be paralyzed.”