Asha Mandela of Atlanta can honestly say she carries a heavy load. Holding the title as the world’s longest dreadlocks, the Atlanta woman’s dreadlocks measure longer than 55 feet.

Calling her hair ‘her baby’, Mandela carries her dreadlocks in a baby sling, making carrying them easier.

But Mandela doesn’t grow her locks for vanity. She credits them with helping her overcome cancer, two strokes and two heart attacks.

Doctors warn Mandela of the health risks of having such long hair. Mandela’s locks have caused a curvature of her spine and doctors warn of bacterial infection and collapsing of her neck at the back.

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