split image of Big Rich and Sidak Chahal

There are several new hair-related records featured in the recently released Guinness World Records 2024 book.

Craig Glenday, the book’s Editor-in-Chief, posits that this may be because people stopped cutting their locks during lockdown, though he acknowledges that many of the new record breakers have been growing their hair for years – even decades – prior to the pandemic.

Including afros, mullets and moustaches, here are some of Craig’s favourite new hirsute record holders…

Largest Afro

14-year-old Amir Manuel Menendez from California, USA, was verified to have the world’s largest afro on a living male, with his natural hair combing out to a circumference of 2.26 metres (7 ft 4.9 in).

Amir’s hair has been growing for around four and a half years. He didn’t initially plan to grow it out, but decided to do so after noticing how quickly it was lengthening.

Amir usually keeps his afro in twists to protect it, and his haircare routine involves consistently moisturizing and oiling his scalp and hair.

He gets space in the book next to the women's record holder, Aevin Dugas of Louisiana, who sports an afro measuring 165 cm (5 ft 4.9 in). – Craig

Big Rich

Longest mullet

“I was thrilled to learn that there was an official Mullet World Championships held annually, so I got in touch to ask which entrants had offered up the longest mullets,” Craig said.

The record for the longest competitive mullet (male) went to "Big Rich" Price of Ohio, USA, with a magnificent mullet measuring 99.06 cm (3 ft 3 in).

Boasting an even longer mullet is Tennessee’s Tami Manis, who achieved the longest competitive mullet (female) with a 172.72-cm (5-ft-8-in) “party in the back”.

Tami, 58, has been growing her mullet for 33 years!

Longest hair on a teenager

15-year-old Sidakdeep Singh Chahal from Uttar Pradesh, India, was confirmed to have the longest hair on a male teenager, with luscious locks measuring 146 cm (4 ft 9.5 in).

Sidak washes his hair twice a week – the task takes over an hour in total each time.

“I’ve never had a haircut in my life, and that’s due to my religious beliefs,” Sidak explained. “I practise Sikhism and we are forbidden from cutting our hair.”

Sidak usually ties his hair in a bun and covers it with a dastār (turban), as is custom for Sikhs.

Although many of Sidak’s family and friends are Sikhs, none of them have hair as long as his.


Longest moustache

Paul Slosar (USA) twirled his way into the record books with the world’s longest moustache on a living person.

Paul’s long lip hair – which he’s been growing for almost 30 years – measured 63.5 cm (2 ft 1 in) when submitted for competition in the US National Beard and Moustache Championships in Casper, Wyoming, on 12 November 2022.

This record category was redefined recently, in line with official international beard and moustache-growing rules for length, which insists that 'taches must be wetted and combed out straight before measuring. We met Paul through the US National Beard and Moustache Championships, which I was lucky enough to be invited to as a judge. The styles on offer were mindblowing! - Craig

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