Woman with the world’s longest fingernails cuts them after almost 30 years

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A woman who held the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest fingernails cut them short after nearly 30 years of growing.

Ayanna Williams of Houston, Texas, went to Guinness World Records in 2017 for the ‘longest nails on a pair of hands’.

At the time, her nails were 18 feet long together. Before the trim, they were 7.6 feet long, with the longest individual nail at 38 inches.

Ayanna, who had to have the nails professionally cut with an electronic rotary cutter due to the scale and thickness, admitted it was a ‘relief’ to remove the nails.

It also means she will be able to perform everyday tasks such as washing the dishes and changing the bed for the first time in years.

Ayanna Williams of Houston, Texas, went to Guinness World Records in 2017 for the 'longest nails on a pair of hands'.  She just got them trimmed after growing for 29 years

Ayanna Williams of Houston, Texas, went to Guinness World Records in 2017 for the ‘longest nails on a pair of hands’. She just got them trimmed after growing for 29 years

Ayanna, who had to have the nails professionally cut with an electronic rotary cutter due to the scale and thickness, admitted it was a 'breath of fresh air' to remove the nails

Ayanna, who had to have the nails professionally cut with an electronic rotary cutter due to the scale and thickness, admitted it was a 'breath of fresh air' to remove the nails

Ayanna, who had to have the nails professionally cut with an electronic rotary cutter due to the scale and thickness, admitted it was a ‘breath of fresh air’ to remove the nails

Speak against Guinness World recordsAyanna said, “The last time I measured my nails, the longest was 38 inches.

‘I get so many different kinds of reactions growing my nails, it’s unbelievable. The majority are good, people are excited and they don’t know what to think or say because it’s something you don’t normally see.

“I’ll always be the queen with or without my nails, because my nails don’t make me, I make my nails.”

Ayanna joked that her mother thought her nails were long when they were only two inches long at the beginning of her attempt to grow them.

She admitted that she was worried about breaking a nail before clipping and that she will miss them – despite needing more than 20 hours and two bottles of nail polish for the manicure.

Ayanna said her mother thought her nails were long when she first grew them, even though they were only two inches long.  Picture: Ayanna's nails are cut

Ayanna said her mother thought her nails were long when she first grew them, even though they were only two inches long.  Picture: Ayanna's nails are cut

Ayanna said her mother thought her nails were long when she first grew them, even though they were only two inches long. Picture: Ayanna’s nails are cut

The nail artist said she would encourage others to grow their nails because everyone should be able to be themselves.

If you want to grow your nails long, do it. Why not? Ayanna said.

‘It’s your life, do it. Most importantly, you don’t have to worry about what people are saying because people are going to talk at the end of the day whether you are doing it right or wrong.

If you want to grow your nails, do it. I’ll encourage you, save me. You know where to find me. ‘

The nails will be on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando.

Dermatologist Dr Readinger, who clipped the nails, admitted that Ayanna’s nails were the first of their kind she had to work with and that it would stand out as an ‘interesting experience’ in her career.

Ayanna (pictured right) had her nails trimmed by Dr.  Readinger from Trinity Vista Dermatology, who had never worked with a similar condition before

Ayanna (pictured right) had her nails trimmed by Dr.  Readinger from Trinity Vista Dermatology, who had never worked with a similar condition before

Ayanna (pictured right) had her nails trimmed by Dr. Readinger from Trinity Vista Dermatology, who had never worked with a similar condition before

Dr.  Readinger used an electronic device to cut all of Ayanna's nails (photo)

Dr.  Readinger used an electronic device to cut all of Ayanna's nails (photo)

Dr. Readinger used an electronic device to cut all of Ayanna’s nails (photo)

Ayanna gushed about her nails being showcased as “history” to her children. Pictured: Ayanna’s trimmed nails

She used an electronic device to cut all of Ayanna’s nails.

Ayanna said she felt “relieved” when her nails were cut, saying, “It looks like my knuckles just loosened up.”

The great-grandmother added that she’s thrilled to see her nails, and she’s glad Guinness and Ripley own them as it’s history for her kids.

Ripley’s also showcases the nails of Shridhar Chillal, who took the title of longest fingernails on one hand in 2018.

Shridhar Chillal from India set the record for his nails over 30 feet long.

Ayanna, who had to be careful not to break her nails, was named a world record breaker after Lee Redmond of Salt Lake City lost her title when her nails were ripped off in a car accident.

Ayanna was selected as the record holder for the world's longest nails after Lee Redmond's nails were ripped off in a car accident.  Pictured: Lee in 1991

Ayanna was selected as the record holder for the world's longest nails after Lee Redmond's nails were ripped off in a car accident.  Pictured: Lee in 1991

Ayanna was selected as the record holder for the world’s longest nails after Lee Redmond’s nails were ripped off in a car accident. Pictured: Lee in 1991

Lee’s nails were over 28 feet long in 2008, and she turned down £ 60,000 to have them cut live on TV.

The 80-year-old who still holds the world record for longest nails ever revealed that she had to soak her nails in olive oil daily and clean them with a toothbrush.

Losing my fingernails is the most dramatic thing that has happened in my life. I think it was my grandson who said, “Grandma, they’re just like your baby; you’ve taken care of them for 30 years and lost them in the blink of an eye, ” she said Guinness, shortly after her crash.

‘What bothered me about the loss of the fingernails was that they became your identity and I felt like I had lost some of that, but I would always say when people commented on my fingernails,’ There’s more to me than my fingernails ‘.’