By Shannon Lane @Shannonroselane
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Videographer / director: Tom Kelly
Producer: Shannon Lane
Editor: James Thorne
Frankie Cluney from Brighton, England has been growing her hair since she was six years old, after falling in love with pictures of mythical women in fairytale books that had long, flowing hair.
Now the 32-year-old artist has cascading locks that that any princess would be jealous of.
Frankie told Barcroft TV: “Growing up my mum would have these really beautiful art books and I was really drawn to the images of like the pre-raphaelites. And of the beautiful long hair, the escapism and this fantasy world, and so I knew that I really wanted to be a mermaid and have long hair.”
Not only has Frankie achieved her dream of having floor-length hair that trails behind her, but she now incorporates it in her jobs as a life drawing model.
She said: "Hair creates this interesting natural focal points around the figure and because where I do the life modelling, it’s almost like having something to wear when you are naked.
"I have a lot of ideas of how it could inspire certain photos or art works and I make videos using it, almost like different characters or different outfits.”
After an accident with scissors when she was a little girl, Frankie decide to keep growing her hair.
She explained: “When I was at school one day me and my friends were messing around with some scissors. I cut a big chunk out of my hair and my mum was just horrified when I got home.
“So that’s the shortest I’ve ever really been and since then it’s just been getting longer.”
Her mum Xen added: "When I was a little girl I was never allowed to grow my hair. I swore I would let my children do whatever they wanted to do with their hair and so she wanted to be goldilocks so she was allowed to grow it herself.
"And she loved having long hair and she loved having it played with, she loved me dressing it, plaiting it it, de-nitting it.”
Frankie stopped washing her hair completely at age 13, and even stopped getting trims at age 18.
She said: “When I was 13 my hair was probably waist length and already then it was really heavy, it was really thick and I never really enjoyed washing it because it was so difficult to get all of the product out with the shower and just takes so long to dry.
“It was one of my mum’s friends who actually mentioned this idea of not washing your hair at all and so I thought why not give it a go and I think for the first couple of months it was very greasy, my scalp was a bit itchy.”
Frankie’s hair is so long, she has to use strong knitting needles to pin her hair into a bun or she wears it in a long plait down her back.
She said: “It’s strangely very low maintenance. People think it must take a lot but because I don’t use any products on it. All I do really is comb it and I do that not even every single day.
“If I need to do half-an-hour to an hour of detangling I just put on a film and it can be a quite nice meditative process, because if your hair is tangled then you probably had fun getting the tangles in it somehow, like maybe you were dancing or in the wind so you can comb it and reflect on what you’ve been doing.
“It also absorbs scents as well so you can sort of remember where you’ve been, and who you’ve been with."
Most of the time her hair is out of her way, however understandably, with such long hair - she still faces certain issues.
She said: “Once a cactus got tangled up in it, I was in my mum’s living room and it was just so difficult to get out because it was sort of like Velcro. It was a nightmare actually.”