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Woman's four-and-a-half-foot afro is the world's largest {VIDEO} Takes her two days to wash

Aevin Dugas at home in Reserve, Louisiana

  • Aevin Dugas has spent the last 14 years  growing her hair
  • Record-breaking natural afro has entered Guinness Book of Records
  • It takes two days to dry and five bottles of  conditioner to get it in shape

 

Proud of her record-breaking afro, Aevin  Dugas says her hair is inspiring legions of women to ditch chemical  straighteners and 'go natural'.

The 37-year-old, whose hair entered the  Guinness Book of Records at 4ft 4ins around, says everyone from toddlers to  grandmothers are following in her footsteps.

Aevin said: 'At one time I strived to get  hair that was bone straight and now all I want is it big and poofy'.

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Aevin Dugas boasts the world's biggest afro - measuring an incredible four-and-a-half foot around

Aevin Dugas boasts the world's biggest afro - measuring  an incredible four-and-a-half foot around the middle

 

Aevin struggles to see out from underneath her extravagant hairdo if she does not style it up properly

Aevin struggles to see out from underneath her  extravagant hairdo if she does not style it up properly

 

14 years in the making, Aevin says that she loves her bouncy hair

14 years in the making, Aevin says that she loves her  bouncy hair

 
The World's Biggest Afro VIDEO
 
 

She believes her voluminous hair may have  grown even bigger, but she cannot reveal its size until Guinness  take an  official measurement.

'When my hair is stretched out to its  complete length and pressed, it  goes down to my butt. But I don't wear it like  that because it looks  weird.'

 

The newly single care worker is proud of her  unique style but usually  ties her hair back when going on first dates, only  revealing her secret  later.

'I did tell one guy and he was shocked and he  Googled me and was like 'oh, wow'.

'But then when I saw him again - he was  wearing an afro too.'

Despite loving her hair, she has to tie it back while driving as it is so difficult to see past it

Despite loving her hair, she has to tie it back while  driving as it is so difficult to see past it

 

On first dates, Aevin likes to restrain her afro as she says it can be 'overwhelming' for new people

On first dates, Aevin likes to restrain her afro as she  says it can be 'overwhelming' for new people

Aevin, who has won fans from Brazil to Italy,  has spent the last 14 years growing her hair.

Her jaw-dropping look brings her attention  wherever she goes but it does have its drawbacks as she often gets it caught in  trees, car doors and  people's earrings.

It can also take two days to wash and dry and  is so big she  struggles to see clearly out from beneath it - which means she  cannot  drive with her 'hair up'.

To get her hair ready for a night out she  shampoos it and then uses up to five conditioners.

She then puts her hair into two French braids  and from then it takes about two days to dry.

But the positives far outweigh the negatives  and she has become a hero in her hometown of Napoleonville,  Louisiana.

Her biggest joy is inspiring young girls to  stop using chemical straighteners, which can cause long-lasting damage to  hair.

Hair washing has turned into a long-drawn out affair as it takes her two days to wash and dry it all in sections

Hair washing has turned into a long-drawn out affair as  it takes her two days to wash and dry it all in sections

 

However, Aevin is thrilled with the results and is keen to encourage other Africa-Americans to let their hair grown naturally

However, Aevin is thrilled with the results and is keen  to encourage other Africa-Americans to let their hair grow naturally

She said: 'I don't know why but there's  something very important to me  about little girls appreciating my hair and then  wanting to wear their  hair the same.

'I tell them there is nothing that I did  special, there is no magical formula, we are born with our hair like  this.'

Aevin was originally inspired by a picture  of her mum Deborah Dugas  wearing an afro in the sixties - and she remains one  of her biggest fans today.

Mrs Dugas, 62, who runs a care home, said:  'I'm humbled by the fact she  did this because she liked my natural hair, way  before she was born.

Aevin getting her hair tended to at a salon in Reserve, Louisiana. Her mother says that she is particularly proud of her daughter for wearing her afro before it became fashionable

Aevin getting her hair tended to at a salon in Reserve,  Louisiana. Her mother says that she is particularly proud of her daughter for  wearing her afro before it became fashionable

'It was about half the size of Aevin's and  everybody loved it.'

She added: 'Her hair has definitely had an  impact on the community.

'She made her decision when wearing your hair  natural was considered unattractive in the black community.

'But, against all that, she started wearing  her hair natural years ago. I am really proud.'

 

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Comment by gloria mcwilliams on August 8, 2013 at 2:20am

SHE SHOULD GO ON OPRAH

Comment by Leroy Bogle on August 5, 2013 at 5:21pm

Love you my sister,wear that Afro and to top it off you are a most beautiful African queen worthy to stare on.Jah bless you.

Comment by barbara glover on August 5, 2013 at 12:48am

big woman i am a natural woman i love to use every thing natural as possible black is beautiful i love coconut oil my skin is very beautiful i use african sha butter and black soap

Comment by Bim-Mon on August 4, 2013 at 11:01pm

Beautiful! Wear it, Sis!

Comment by robert shank jr on August 4, 2013 at 9:30pm

wow!

Comment by Mr. Johnson on August 4, 2013 at 8:20pm

What a beautiful Queen! Black Power! Hotep!

Comment by Ignar on August 4, 2013 at 4:59pm

Cool.

Comment by tanya tho on August 4, 2013 at 3:19pm
Too cute do ya thing sis
Comment by Selina Kyle on August 4, 2013 at 1:27pm
GORGEOUS :)
Comment by J. Wilkins on August 4, 2013 at 7:47am
Nice!

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