By CHRISTINE MWAABA

Lister Phiri of Chilanga District in Lusaka continues to be one of the few Zambian women blessed with incredibly long hair that is almost twice her height and hopes that one day her extraordinary gift will be recognised locally and internationally.

While others have gone to the extent of wearing artificial hair extensions to lengthen their hair, 49 year old Lister has had incredible long hair from as long as she recalls.

In this context, it was an awesome spectre when this author found a local woman with more than two metres long hair. She is the real-life Rapunzel! – a character in a traditional fairytale who escapes from a tower by letting down her long hair so a prince could climb up to save her.

The decision to not cut her hair may have spared Lister the hurdle of going to hairdressers often but having such long hair is a lot of work.

Explaining to this author Lister says it is costly to use shampoo to wash her long hair, so she resorted to using detergent paste which is more affordable.

“I have never used any chemicals to make my hair grow not even relaxing creams in my life, I have maintained natural hair from the time I was young and only use Vaseline and Boom detergent paste to wash my hair, and style it with cotton thread,” she explains.

She said that although she has to trim her hair frequently, it does not bother her because the hair grows at a fast rate.

Ms Phiri explains that she is able to style her hair with assistance from neighbours and uses cotton thread, without necessarily having to spend a lot of money and time in hair salons.

 

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