By Emma Pearson @emma_pear

THE WOMAN with the world’s longest hair has found love with a hair stylist whose massive dreadlocks rival her own

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Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan
Producer: John Balson, Nick Johnson
Editor: Kyle Waters

The dreadlock queen: Asha says her dreads are a special part of her

Real-life ‘Rasta-Rapunzel’, Asha Mandela, has locks that measure a lengthy 55ft - longer than a London bus. 

Now the 50-year-old, from Florida, has found a match made in heaven with new husband, Emmanuel Chege, a qualified hair stylist from Kenya.

The smitten couple mutually worship each other’s bountiful barnets and say that their beautifully maintained dreadlocks are their crowning glory.

TLC: Emmanuel spends hours caring for Asha's long locks

Asha said: “It’s really added spice in the bedroom and it does not get in the way of anything at all

“There are times when my hair will be on the bed with us and we can use it for whatever or we put it on the floor if we want it out of the way.”

Asha and Emmanuel met online three years ago after he was struck by pictures of her famous dreadlocks on hair websites.

He decided to contact Asha, and when she visited Kenya on business eight months later, the chemistry between them was undeniable.

Madly in love: Asha and Emmanuel feel lucky to have found each other

And after adoring Asha’s locks from a far, Emmanuel was eager to get his hands on her famous tresses.

He said: “It was so amazing to see all this amount of hair. It was more than in my imagination.

Newly dreads: The couple got hitched in America
Locked in love: Emmanuel fell in love with Asha's dreads

“At first I thought maybe her locks were almost to her knees or to the ground, but the first glance when I saw her hair, it was so long, so it was so amazing and her beauty was so amazing too.”

A whirlwind romance followed, and within eight months of meeting, Asha and Emmanuel were married in America.

Entwined: Asha's three-stone dreads brought them together

Now, almost two years later, Asha has entrusted the care of her precious dreads solely to Emmanuel.

Emmanuel, who has worked as a hair stylist for 15 years, spends his days lovingly grooming Asha’s three-stone dreadlocks. 

In the bedroom: Asha says that her dreads add 'spice' to their love life

They take two days to wash and dry and require full-time care and Emmanuel devotes countless hours to their upkeep.

He is also growing his own dreadlocks and hopes to become the male record holder in the future.

Whirlwind romance: It was love at first sight for the dreadlocked lovers

Asha said: “My husband helps me with everything with my hair. I’m so spoilt since he’s been taking care of it and I’ve got totally lazy.

“He will massage my scalp, groom my hair or twist or wash it. He does a really good job of taking care of it so that’s a plus.”

Despite dedicating their lives to maintaining their locks, Asha and Emmanuel insist that their efforts are not a pursuit of vanity.

Early days: This was the photo that Emmanuel admired from afar
Hair care: Emmanuel couldn't wait to get his hands on Asha's tresses

Despite dedicating their lives to maintaining their locks, Asha and Emmanuel insist that their efforts are not a pursuit of vanity.

 Emmanuel said: The purpose of me having locks is spiritual. I’m a Rastafarian, and locks symbolises a lot.

“I gives me a lot of positive energy and a lot of positive vibration - it’s like my antennas to the spiritual world.

“It’s part of my creation and it’s part of my body.”

Asha often carries her hair in a handbag to prevent it trailing along the floor, but when she wears it loose the couple receive a lot of attention.

Measuring up: Asha is still letting her locks grow

Asha said: “The reaction is always a Kodak moment, it’s always a conversation piece, especially when it’s out. They always want to take pictures.

“The reaction is always really positive, I’ve rarely had any negatives.”

Proud: Asha is proud of her dreads

Asha, who owns her own hair product business, was told by doctors her dreadlocks would paralyse her if she kept on growing them as the weight of her hair is affecting her back.

Now Emmanuel is training her at the gym to strengthen her back muscles and Asha has already lost 65lbs.

Rasta Rapunzel: Asha's dreads reach from floor to ceiling
Romeo and Juliet: Emmanuel is trying to grow his dreads to match his wife's

But although Asha admits her hair can be a hindrance at time, the couple says the positives far outweigh the negatives – especially in the bedroom.

Emmanuel said: “In some instance maybe it adds up to some spices you know in our love life.

Dreadlock legacy: The couple would love to have their own 'rasta baby'

“There are some days she will sleep on the bed and put it on the ground, some days she will feel like letting it sleep on the bed with her so sometimes you might feel like it is three of us in the bed.”

The couple have talked about having children in the future, and hope their child will continue their dreadlocks legacy.

Training: Emmanuel is helping Asha strengthen her back muscles

Asha said: “If we are blessed with children, no comb is going to go on their head.

“There will be locks straight from birth, however long that takes to come in.

“If we going to be lucky enough to be blessed with a child, it’s going to be a cute little Rasta baby.”