An African American, Simone Williams has broken the Guinnes Record of largest afro.
The Brooklyn based American wears a phenomenon hair of 20.5 cm (8.0 7 inches) tall, 22.5 cm (8.85 inches) wide, and 1.48m ( 4 ft and 10 inches) in circference.
She beats the previous record holder, Aevin Dugas (USA), who held the record for eight years.
Simone said Aevin actually inspired her to grow her hair too but she never she never thought it could reach this far.
She said “At the time, I didn’t think my hair was anywhere close to hers, she was goals!
But I was so happy to see that she was recognized and there was a chance for others to be recognized too.”
Simone started her natural hair growth journey nine years ago.
According to her, she started getting perms or straightening her hair in middle school and wore her hair straight until college.
She decided to choose transition to natural hair around the age of 23.
She actually had to trade that path to save money spent on hair salon to help with the costs of moving into her first apartment.
The record holder admitted the process was a very difficult at first since she was accustomed to wearing her hair straight and she had problems managing her hair texture.
But after lots of practice and patience, she came up person methods and techniques on how to care for her hair.
She didn’t visit the salon at all for hair dressing purposes but had to visit one to get her hair measured for the official record verification.
She said, “I normally wash my hair weekly using very little sulfate free shampoo. I use a lot of conditioner because it helps detangle my hair. I section my hair into 4 twists while in shower.”
After washing, she uses a hair moisturiser and olive oil gel before retwisting her hair into about 8 smaller twists, and then lets it air dry.
When asked about what keeping the hair means to her, she said styling her hair like that silentky reflects her Black origin and pride.
Simone also added that her hair is her biggest accessory.
Her advice to those who want wear large afro is that “Always be patient with your hair. It’s a process and every day is not going to be a perfect hair day. Research and learn what works best for your hair type.”
“I only use 3 products religiously and sometimes try a new product once in a while.
Don’t think what works for someone else, is going to work for you!”
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Credit: Connie Suggitt, Guiness World Records.