Who hasn’t dreamt of long, flowing locks at one point in their life? In your mind the idea sounds fantastic, but in reality you often find yourself getting your hair caught when you swing a bag over your shoulder. Or your hair gets too frizzy. Or sometimes it’s just so long that you have no idea what to do with it so you throw it up in a bun or a braid. So much for those dreams of looking like Rapunzel.
One woman who is living a dream shared by many is Andrea Colson and she has an interesting secret to keeping her 64-inch mane tame — peanut butter.
Colson started growing her hair out when she was a little girl.
Colson, who is 33 years old, was born in the United States, but now lives in Micronesia where she works as a Christian missionary. She has been growing out her hair ever since she was a little girl. Now, her hair is just over five feet long and falls to her ankles.
“People ask the same question, ‘Is it real?'” Andrea told the Daily Mail. “But it is, both length and color.”
The missionary, who also runs her own hairstyle blog where she showcases some of her favorite hairstyles, which she has done herself, has a few secrets when it comes to keeping her hair in pristine condition.
Her hair is a massive 64 inches long.
Like many, Colson is well aware of the benefits of coconut oil and uses it on her hair twice a week. She is also a fan of trimming her hair to keep the ends looking fresh, and while both of these help her hair looking like a real life version of Rapunzel, she doesn’t give too much credit to either practice.
Instead she gives most of the credit to peanut butter.
“As much as I like the C-W-C method [condition-wash-condition] of washing my hair, I think my top favorite long-hair secret is eating a spoonful of peanut butter every day. This really does keep your hair silky, thick, and strong, plus it makes your hair grow crazy fast!” Colson writes on her blog.
Her inspiration is “Tangled,” so we can take a guess at who her favorite Disney princess is.
Although she believes peanut butter is one of the main reasons she’s able to maintain such long locks, she has also wondered if her island life has helped. According to the Daily Mail she sometimes washes her hair in rainwater.
When she does wash it — rainwater or not — she likes to wash it at night, so she can let her five feet of hair air-dry overnight. Rarely does she use heat on her hair.
Although some might find 64 inches of hair to be a hassle, Colson loves her hair.
Colson’s hair takes a lot of effort to maintain — it can take 30 minutes to braid — but that doesn’t matter to her. She writes on her blog that her hair makes every day “interesting and new,” and it also makes her who she is.
“My hair is my canvas, my creative outlet,” she writes. “I can’t draw and I am not an artist, but with my hair I can create hairstyles and braids that are my own artistic expression.”
Each hairstyle she creates is a masterpiece.
So, today’s lesson is: if you want long flowing locks, you need to eat a lot of peanut butter and possibly move to a tropical island.