A mom who hasn’t cut her hair in 10 years is called the real Rapunzel because her four-foot-tall hair is now below her knees.
The glamorous mother of one, Josie Oddi, 27, of Billericay, Essex, has been called the real Rapunzel when out in public and has even been asked to dress up as the character for children’s parties by strangers.
She started growing her hair out ten years ago to “see how long it could get” and said she now hopes the luscious locks will last until it hits the ground.
Josie, a stay-at-home mom to her four-year-old son Rocco, revealed that she maintains her luscious locks by avoiding as much heat as possible on her hair and washing her hair once or twice a week to preserve her hair’s natural oils.
Glamorous mum of one, Josie Oddi, 27, of Billericay, Essex, is called the real Rapunzel when out in public and has even been asked to dress up as the character for children’s parties by strangers
Josie, a stay-at-home mom to her four-year-old son Rocco, revealed that she maintains her luscious locks by avoiding as much heat as possible on her hair and washing her hair once or twice a week to preserve her natural oils.
Josie’s luscious locks are now an impressive 46 inches long and extend past her knees after she decided to grow her hair out ten years ago.
She said: ‘About 10 years ago my hair was shoulder length and I just decided I would try growing it out and see how long I could get it.
“I don’t think I ever expected it to take this long, but I’ve really taken care of it, so it’s only going to get longer.
“I’m now known as the girl with the long hair. I could never imagine myself with a bob. I just wouldn’t feel like myself.’
She started growing her hair out ten years ago to ‘see how long it could get’ and said she now hopes the luscious locks will continue until it reaches the ground.
She continued, “I’ll keep growing it to see how long I can get it.
“I want to try and grow it just above the ground so I don’t step on it or trip over it.
“I now sometimes sit on my hair the way it is and it hurts. Or if my partner Adam sits next to me, he often sits on my hair too.’
When she’s out in public, Josie says she’s been stopped at least 20 times by people asking about her hair.
Josie’s luscious locks are now an impressive 46 inches long and extend past her knees after she decided to grow her hair out ten years ago
She is regularly asked if her hair is extensions and people are incredulous when she tells her that it is all her own hair.
Josie added: “I’m used to being held back and being asked about my hair now.
“But some of my friends don’t like it when we’re shopping and people stop us all the time.
‘The main question people ask me is whether I have extensions.
Josie said she’s regularly asked if her hair is extensions and people are incredulous when she says it’s all her own hair (left and right)
Josie said she often gets ‘a lot of attention from little girls’ who compare her long locks to Rapunzel and Frozen characters
“And when I tell them it’s all real hair, they can’t believe it and want to know all the products I use.”
She added: “My hair also gets a lot of attention from little girls who like to compare me to Rapunzel or Frozen characters.
“I’ve even seen moms come up to me and ask me if I’d like to appear at their little girl’s party as Rapunzel, which I think is funny.
“But I wouldn’t have the confidence to do such a thing.”
To keep her hair in perfect condition, Josie makes sure she pays attention to her locks to help them grow
To keep her hair in perfect condition, Josie makes sure to pay attention to her locks to help them grow.
She said: ‘I think something that has really contributed to my hair growth is making sure I get my hair cut regularly.
‘Every two months a centimeter is cut off and that really makes a difference. My hair grows back even more every time I cut it.
The stay-at-home mom (pictured with her son Rocco) said the only time she wanted to cut her hair is in the summer when it gets hot
Josie said she gets her hair cut once every two months if she trims an inch from the bottom to keep it healthy
“I love that my hair is in a really healthy state because if you look at some people with long hair, you can see that the ends are split and untidy.”
She added: ‘If you look at my hair from the back, you can see it’s a blunt cut and all one length. There is no breakage or split ends.
“So as long as it stays healthy, I’ll keep growing it.
Josie plans to keep growing her hair as long as it stays healthy, and hopes that one day it will reach the ground
Josie revealed she doesn’t plan on cutting her locks until she’s ‘too old’ and ‘starting to look silly’, adding that her hair is part of who she is
Josie continued, “I don’t see myself chopping it off anytime soon. The only time I’m tempted to cut it is in the summer and it’s very hot because my hair feels like I have a blanket on my back.
“So I often have to keep it in a bun.
“I won’t cut it off until I’m too old to have that long hair and start looking crazy. I think it makes me who I am today.’