Meet SA's Rapunzel: 15-year-old from Oudtshoorn has never had a haircut

By Marelize Potgieter
10 December 2015

She hasn’t been near a hairdresser for the past 15 years.

She hasn’t been near a hairdresser for the past 15 years and now Kiana Ellis boasts a head of hair reaching nearly all the way to the tips of her toes.

Kiana (15) of Oudtshoorn has never had her wavy brown hair with natural highlights cut and now it’s only a few centimetres from the floor. “Sometimes I step on my hair while walking,” says Kiana, who’s completing her high school studies at home. “But it’s not hard to look after.” Kiana wants to grow her hair even longer. PHOTO: Supplied. Kiana wants to grow her hair even longer. PHOTO: Supplied.

'Sometimes I step on my hair while walking'

She washes her hair every evening and her mom, Margret (52), combs it out for her. She uses about a bottle of shampoo a month and sleeps with her hair in a bun so she doesn’t get entangled in her tresses. Wind is not a problem either. “It’s strange but no matter how much the wind blows my hair never gets matted.”

Kiana says she’s growing her hair because the Bible says a woman’s hair is her honour. Her mom and two sisters-in-law, Rika (25) and Debbie Ellis (25), also have long hair.

Kiana has no intention of cutting her hair any time soon and wants it to grow much longer. Who knows, it might make her dream of becoming a singing sensation come true. “I think my hair will help to attract attention,” she says.

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