Real life Rapunzel who started going gray at 13 hasn’t had a haircut in 16 years – World News

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Anna Shepherd, 30, says she was devastated and self-aware when she started having gray hair as a teenager and was cruelly teased about it – but now she’s inciting others not to dye their gray hair

Anna pictured with gray hair when she was 20

A ‘real Rapunzel’ who started going gray when she was just thirteen learned to embrace her 5ft long silver locks.

Anna Shepherd, 30, says she was devastated and embarrassed when she started having gray hair as a teenager and was teased cruelly about it.

But over the years she has come to love her gray hair and says she only needs to wash it once a month, which makes her life as a farmer easier.

Anna, who lives in Hungary, says she sometimes only combs her knee-length hair once a week when she’s busy working and explains how low-maintenance it is.

She says she feels honored when she hears others being inspired not to dye their hair gray after seeing her hair.

Anna proudly shares snaps of her stunning silver locks with her 16,000 followers on Instagram (@prettyshepherd) – despite getting some weird requests from men.







Anna Shepherd, a real Rapunzel, kisses her silver hair
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Her hair is about 5 feet long
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Anna – who has over a million views on her hair care video – says: “It may be partly down to genetics, but I only wash my hair once a month because this is how they behave best.

“And I don’t apply anything to my hair except a little oil after I wash it to tame it and keep it manageable.

“Honestly, it’s easier to have long hair on the farm because you don’t have to style it and you can put it in a bun.







Anna when she was 17 with gray hair
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“Sometimes when I’m doing a lot of physical work on the farm, I can go a week without brushing her and that’s fine.

“I used to be bullied or stared at for my gray hair when I was a teenager, but now I only get compliments.

“I feel honored when women write to me to tell me that they have found the courage to go gray thanks to me. It fills my heart with happiness.

“There is definitely a stigma around a young woman with gray hair and I would love to help change that.







Her hair goes down to her knees
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She is now proud of her hair
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“However, I will admit that I get some weird requests from men online. A follower offered to pay me to lick my gray hair! I was at a loss for words.

Anna says she was distraught when she started having gray hair.

She recalls: “I begged my mother to let me dye my hair when I started to turn grey. I was so sad and worried about looking old.

“I felt extremely embarrassed the whole time. People were staring at my streaks of gray hair and I was getting remarks about it.







Anna’s hair has become “an extension of herself”
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“I remember this incident when a boy called me ‘Cruella’ and it hurt me.

“But over time I learned to love my gray hair and it became an extension of myself.”

Anna says she was inspired to grow out her locks after reading folklore and hasn’t had a good haircut since she was 14.







The last time she had her hair cut was when she was 14
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Anna, who works as a regenerative farmer with her boyfriend, explains: “I joined a folk dance group as a teenager and was inspired by folk imagery and women in history with beautiful long hair. . I wanted to imitate their hair and started growing it out.

“The last time I had a good haircut was when I was fourteen. I went to the hairdresser and asked for a cut but the hairdresser cut way too much.

“Since then, I have never gone back to the hairdresser. If I ever need it, I just ask my mom to cut me off, but that’s only once in a few years.

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