courtesy of the Guinness book of records
lock of hair is approximately 8 cm (3 in) in diameter and is accompanied
by letters of authenticity from Tom Morgan Jr. (detailing their
history), John W Heath (the world's foremost Elvis memorabilia expert)
and John Reznikoff of University Archives (the world's most respected
authority in the field of hair collecting).
most valuable hair clippings sold at auction are a mass of
dark black cuttings from the head of Elvis Presley. The King's
curls were sold by his personal barber, Homer "Gill" Gilleland,
for $115,120 (£72,791), buyer's premium included, to an anonymous
buyer during an online auction held by MastroNet Inc., Oak
Brook, Illinois, USA, on November 15, 2002.
On November 21, 1997, Hoo Sateow's lengthy locks were unraveled
and officially measured at a hair-raising 5.15 m (16 ft 11 in) long.His
are the longest locks in the world, but Hoo only beats his brother
Yee by a whisker - Yee's tremendous tresses are 16-ft long.
Aided by local villagers, the siblings wash their hair once a month
with detergent and water. Hoo cut short the title for Mata Jagdamba
of Ujjain, India - her hair measured 4.23 m (13 ft 10.5 in).
Hoo began nurturing his magnificent mane in 1929, when he was 18
years old. Earlier the same year he'd cut his hair and fallen sick,
so vowed never to chop off his locks ever again. The medicine man,
who usually wears his hair weaved into a beehive under a hat, is
no stranger to attention. Over 200 people a year trek through the
mountains to be healed by Hoo's special powers and potions.
Longest Male Beard
Back in 1997, Shamsher Singh of Punjab, India, had his beard officially
measured at an impressive 1.83 m (6 ft) from the end of chin to
the tip. This is the longest beard on a living male.
The longest beard ever was grown by Hans Langseth of Norway, whose
whiskers stretched an incredible 5.33 m (17 6 in) when measured
upon his death in Kensett, Iowa, in 1927. The beard was presented
to the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, in 1967.
average beard grows 14 cm in a year, and in an average lifespan,
a clean-shaven man will trim off nearly 3.5 kg of whisker
The greatest reported achievement in hair splitting has been that
of Britains's Alfred West. who succeeded in splitting a human hair
17 times into 18 parts on eight occasions. All the divisions were
made from the same point.
Alfred was born in 1901 and passed away in 1985 at the age of 85
in London, UK. During World War I, he worked on wood component parts
on aircraft, which is where he learnt how to "set" a razor – that
is, grinding or honing the edge of the blade to get it really sharp.
In 1929 he represented Britain in the World Championship Road Race
in Zurich, Switzerland and was awarded a special gold medal and
watch for being the fasted British Empire cyclist. At the age of
70 he won the 203-mile Bath Road Club veterans race. West had exhibits
of his razor setting work on show around the world, including New
York and Australia. Examples of West’s work included: the crossed
swords, a boa constrictor, the Epping Forest and a monarch’s crown
– all made from split hair.
Hair Cutting With Most Scissors
America's Bruce Choy is the mane man when it comes to lopping off
those locks. On March 11, 2002, he successfully styled hair using
a record-breaking eight pairs of scissors in one hand, controlling
each pair independently at his salon Flyingshears in San Francisco,
Bruce began his career as a barber in 1969, and studied with Vidal
Sassoon in London before moving to San Francisco in 1982. A decade
later, he opened his own saloon, and perfected – and patented –
his "Flyingshears" technique, which he invented after seeing guitarist
Stanley Jordan playing two guitars at once. "I thought, I've been
cutting hair for 20 years and my left hand is always helping the
right," Bruce explains, "but I started to train the other hand...
they became like one hand, and I can be perfect."
Bruce, who's been known as the "Vidal Sassoon-trained Edward Scissorhands",
beat the previous record of seven scissors held by Israel's Danny
Bar-Gil (professionally known as Danny Figaro), who set the record
on January 12, 1998.
for hairy brothers Victor "Larry" and Gabriel "Danny" Ramos
Gomez is anything but dull. They fly through the air regularly
in their jobs as trampoline acrobats. The duo had a chance
to became TV stars when they were offered starring roles in
The X-Files. They didn't really take to this idea. "We don't
want to be seen as aliens," they said. Apart from their hairy
looks, they are like regular guys. When they're not busy with
the circus, Danny likes to play video games and Larry is doing
a course in astronomy.
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Larry and Danny Ramos Gomez are two of a family of 19, which spans
five generations, who all suffer from hypertrichosis or "werewolf
syndrome". Even the women of the family are covered with a light
to medium coat of hair, while the men have thick hair on every inch
of their bodies, apart from their hands and feet. Most forms of
excess hairiness are associated with hormone imbalances but the
exact causes of the hairy family's hairiness are not yet known.
Scientists and researchers are studying the DNA of the boys and
searching for clues as to why they are as they are. There have been
rumors that the family was searching the world for a cure. The boys
deny this. "I'd never cut the hair off," Larry says. "I'm very proud
to be who I am."
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Blonde people have the most hair per inch, with an average of 140,000
hairs a head. Brunettes are next in line with an average of 110,000
hairs a head, then come people with black hair with an average of
105,000 hairs a head, and finally redheads, with the least hair
averaging 90,000 hairs a head. It's normal for the average healthy
human to lose a total of 100 hairs per day. About 90% of your hair
is growing, while the other 10% is in a resting mode before it falls
out. It's different for bald men – they have nothing left to worry
Most Hair Updos Styled In 1 Minute
Marco Aldany (Spain) twisted the hair of 25 women into a chignon-style
updo using a chopstick-type implement in one minute on the set of
El Show de los Récords , Madrid, Spain on September 21, 2001.
Longest Female Beard
Vivian Wheeler of Wood River, Illinois, USA, grew a full beard after
the death of her mother in 1990. The longest strand from the follicle
to the tip of hair was measured at 27.9 cm (11 in) in 2000.
As a small child growing up, Vivian was always made to feel different.
Her father insisted she started shaving at the age of 7 but this
failed to stop the taunts. It was only after four marriages and
her mother’s death in 1993 that she finally stopped trimming back
the facial growth and let her beard grow.
She prefers to tie the beard up, which allows her to continue with
her day-to-day routines. Currently the mother-of-three has joined
a touring curiosity show based in Illinois and feels much happier
with her life. She said: “It really helped to have a Guinness World
Record... it showed me I could be proud of being me. It made me
feel like I had a chance in society.”
Largest Collection Of Hair (Historical
John Reznikoff of Connecticut, USA, has accumulated a collection
of hair from 115 different historical celebrities. This collection
of famous locks is insured for $1 million and includes genuine tresses
from the heads of Abraham Lincoln, John F Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe,
Albert Einstein, Napolean, Elvis Presley, King Charles I, and author
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When it comes to hair collecting, Reznikoff budgets himself to buying
three or four new samples a year. And he's decided that he only
wants hair from people who have had a positive influence on history
– no serial killers and no Nazis! John is now scouting for sports
personalities' hair, as well as the historical locks of Mark Twain,
Shakespeare, and US presidents. He doesn't usually look for specimens
from living celebrities because he doesn't want to encourage fans
to go after their idols with scissors!
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There is an average of 100,000 to 150,000 strands of hair on a human
Longest Ear Hair
Radhakant Bajpai of Naya Ganj, Uttar Pradesh, India, has hair sprouting
from the centre of his outer ears (middle of the pinna) that measures
an incredible 13.2 cm (5.19 in) at its longest point. The length
of the 50-year-old's pinna pelt was confirmed by medical examiner
Dr. R P Gupta.
"Making it to Guinness World Records is indeed a special occasion
for me and my family," said Radhakant. "God has been very kind to
Wigs can be made from real human hair, from animal hair – originally
from horses and goats – or from synthetic materials. The largest
wig made of human hair was created by Bergmann of 5th Avenue, New
York, USA, in 1975. It measured 4.57 m (15 ft) in length.
Wigs were originally created to cover baldness and provide protection
from the sun, although it's likely that some societies also used
wigs to make a fashion statement. They reached their height of popularity
in the 17th century, when French King Louis XIII wore a wig of long
curls, and King Louis XIV started a fashion for elaborate powered
wigs supported by plaster of Paris, and scented by perfumes.