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Thursday, 1 August 2013

Meet The Woman With The Largest Afro In The World

As endorsed by the Guiness World Book of Records, Aevin Dugas has the world's biggest afro - which measures four-and-a-half foot around. When left loose around her head, Aevin struggles to see out from underneath her large afro, and so she often has to style it up properly. It took her 14 years to get to this length and fullness and Aevin says she loves the bouncy curls.

She believes her voluminous hair may have grown even bigger since the last measurement, but cannot reveal its size until the next official Guinness measurement. Aevin told Daily Mail

 ‘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’.

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. 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. Hair washing has turned into a long-drawn out affair as it takes her two days to wash and dry it all in sections.
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. It was about half the size of Aevin’s and everybody loved it. 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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