Real-Life Rapunzel Hasn't Cut Her Hair Since She Was Five-Years-Old | 22 Words

When you think of Rapunzel, you're likely to think of the golden-haired princess, locked away in a castle in a magical land, far, far away.

Well, in reality, the real-life Rapunzel is a thirty-four-year-old woman from Ukraine... And, remarkably, her locks are just as magical as the fairytale.

Keep scrolling to hear about this slightly strange woman and the even stranger reasoning behind her floor-length hair...

There are plenty of us out there who take our hair very seriously.

A person's hair is often the defining feature of their overall appearance so, understandably, many of us take immense pride in our heads of hair.

Many use it as a means of expressing themselves...

Long hair, short hair, curly hair, straight hair, no hair... There are so many ways in which you can style your locks.

But there are some people out there...

Who love their hair a little bit too much.

For these people...

A trip to the hairdressers is a complete nightmare, and many avoid going altogether.

Some people are simply terrified of getting their hair cut...

And it can be for an array of different reasons.

Believe it or not, but there's actual psychology behind the fear of having your hair cut...

New York City clinical psychologist, Vivian Diller, explained how some people's heads of hair are a lot more than just hair to them.

Some people form an unusual attachment to their hair.

"Some women view their hair as an aspect of their identity," explained Diller. "It's very internal, and women who let it grow to this extreme length have become attached to it over a long period of time."

It becomes almost like an obsession...

And these people can become overwhelmingly attached to their hair. "Some women view hair as the gestalt of their look and parallel it with losing their teeth or an arm," Diller continued.

But people who hold this kind of love for their own hair claim that it is completely normal...

And some even insist that a person's hair is the primary source of their beauty.

Meet Alena Kravchenko.

Alena, or the real-life Rapunzel, as some are calling her, has recently found viral fame after photos of her astonishingly long locks were uploaded to Instagram.

The thirty-four-year-old Ukrainian hasn't cut her hair since she was 5-years-old...

And it's all because she was brought up to believe that the real beauty of a woman is the "length of her hair."

And, as you can see...

Alena has taken this belief very seriously.

She has wanted long hair since she was a child...

Alena explained, "From childhood, my mother told me how long a braid adorns a woman, her words live in my heart and soul throughout life."

She believes that her locks are a part of her soul...

"For me, true beauty is in naturalness, which is why my hair is so long, it is the manifestation of my inner world, part of me and my soul."

I know what you're thinking... How does she maintain that head of hair?!

It's no easy task.
Alena revealed that she combs her hair twice a day to get rid of any tangles, and she also trims the ends every six months, keeping her locks healthy and strong.
Speaking about the lengthy beauty regime, Alyona said, "I wash my hair once a week, this process takes about an hour, given the preparation before and after washing. I comb my hair at least twice a day, I usually braid my hair, make it into a bun."

Her luscious locks give her some rather peculiar looks...

Am I the only one who thinks she resembles Cousin Itt from the Addams Family more than she does Rapunzel?

But her look is apparently a big hit...

And she insists that people approach her regularly to tell her how beautiful she is.

She's a very popular woman.

"When people see the length of my hair, they can't hide their enthusiastic looks and emotions, it's very nice. Also, many come up and say how unusual and beautiful it is nowadays."

And there are plenty of men showing their interest...

But she isn't an easy lady to impress! "A lot of men admire my hair, want to meet, travel, invite me to visit their country, make offers of hand and heart. I can laugh it off correctly, often I don't answer messages so as not to give a man hope." Some men have even asked to sniff her hair... It's a no from me.

In that case...

What's the secret to luscious, long locks? "The main secret in long beautiful hair is a great desire to have such beauty." She explained, "You cannot doubt it for a moment. Аll women need to remember that at all times the real beauty of women was evaluated precisely by the beauty and length of her hair." If you have a pixie cut or a bob, you'd better cancel those hairdresser appointments... But it turns out Alena isn't the only woman out there to have an unusual attachment to her hair. Keep scrolling to watch the moment a Turkish model collapses when her hair is cut...