When you meet this 81-year-old grandma, it is difficult not to notice what seems to look like a “snake” curled on her head. But on closer inspection, you realize that it’s, in fact, just her hair!
Life was normal for Trinh in Vietnam until about 22 years ago, in 1995. That’s when she started noticing a mass of hair sprouting from her head. She first tried to untangle the mess. But to her disappointment, it was not so easy. So, she decided to cut it off and be done with it.
But it was as if the hair was not done with her. It grew back once more in exactly the same way and Trinh had to cut it again. And after the cycle continued several times, Trinh decided to let it grow, and now, it extends to around 3 meters.
The “dragon hair,” as she calls it, is completely distinct from her regular black hair. It is light brown in color and is also much thicker. In fact, her regular hair is greying but there seem to be no such signs in the tangled mass.
Maintaining dragon hair has not been easy for Trinh. She has to shampoo it thoroughly once every three days to keep it clean. And for this alone, she has to spend about an hour.
She also has to curl up the hair into a bundle if she wants to go outside. To ensure that curious children do not run up to her to touch her hair, she also covers her head completely.
After her story came into focus in the Vietnamese media, it was shared across the internet, making her instantly famous.
Though she had to face difficulties in the beginning, trying to adjust her hair, Trinh has gotten used to it now. In fact, she has become rather fond of it and thinks of it as a blessing from heaven.
Well, we aren’t sure about whether it is a blessing sent by the gods or not, but it is indeed unique, and these days, when hair loss is common, growing dragon hair is something everyone will be keen on learning about!
Photo Credit: Dantri.