Impressively tressed teen Sidakdeep Singh Chahal has never had his hair cut in his entire life.
The 15-year-old from Uttar Pradesh, India, has grown it to a length of 146 cm (4 ft 9.5 in), setting a world record for the longest hair on a male teenager.
Sidak washes his hair twice a week, dedicating at least an hour each time to washing, drying, and brushing it.
“It would take an entire day if it wasn’t for the help of my mother,” he said.
Sidak grows his hair because he’s a Sikh. One of the religion’s core tenets is to never cut one’s hair, as it is a gift from God.
He usually ties his hair in a bun and covers it with a dastār (turban), as is custom for Sikhs.
Sidak’s family and many of his friends are Sikhs, however, none of them have hair as long as him.
“Many of my relatives were shocked to see how long it was,” he revealed.
When Sidak told them that his hair had set a world record, some of them were in disbelief: “They thought I was pulling their leg and it took a bit of proof to convince them,” he said.
During his childhood years, Sidak was sometimes teased by his friends when he was outside drying his hair. “I did not like that my hair was made fun of,” he recalls.
Sidak told himself that he’d cut if off when he grew older, but now he considers it to be a part of his identity.
I plan to keep my hair uncut until the day I die - Sidak
When he’s not spending hours washing and drying his long locks, Sidak spends his time studying, working out, reading, and playing video games. “Believe it or not but my entire personality is not based around my hair,” he joked.
Sidak is “ecstatic” to hold a world record and be included in the Guinness World Records 2024 book, which is on sale now.
“I was over the moon when I learned that I would be featured,” he said.
The longest hair on a teenager ever is 200 cm (6 ft 6 in), grown by fellow Indian Nilanshi Patel. She finally cut her hair in 2021, donating it to a museum.
There is no current holder for the record of longest hair on a living man – Sidak is poised to take the title once he turns 18, if no one else is verified to have longer hair before then.
The longest hair on a man ever belonged to Swami Pandarasannadhi, head of the Tirudaduturai monastery in Madras, India, whose hair was reported in 1949 to measure 26 ft (7.9 m), however, the veracity of this claim cannot be verified.
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