Real-life Rapunzel with ankle-length hair reveals she’s not been to hairdressers in 15 years

A 5ft 8in security guard who has not seen a hairdresser in 15 years told how her blonde hair is now two inches longer than she is.

Her amazing 5ft 10in mane is a massive hit on Instagram, where Stefanie Classen’s photos – taken by her boyfriend Ralph Kopitz, 29, an IT technician – have attracted 2,000 followers.

Likening herself to Rapunzel – the fairy-tale princess who escapes from a tower by lowering her endless hair down for her rescuer to climb up – Stefanie, 31, of Dusseldorf, Germany, said: “I’ve always associated having long hair with being beautiful.”

“As soon as I became an adult, I made the conscious decision to stop getting it cut.

“Now my hair’s down to my ankles, I’m constantly getting Ralph to take photos.



Stefanie’s hair is 5ft 10in long (PA Real Life/Collect)
(Image: PA REAL LIFE)

“We’re both very creative and the longer my hair grew, the more I wanted to show it off in different scenarios.”

She continued: “I’ll often come up with an idea in my head and Ralph will help execute it.”

Wearing her hair short throughout her early teens, when Stefanie turned 16, in 2005, she made the decision to grow it.

She said: “My parents never let me grow my hair any longer than my shoulders.”

She continued: “I suppose it was easier for them to manage, but as soon as I became an adult I knew I wanted to grow it long, to see how it would look.”

After three years without having it cut professionally, Stefanie’s hair had reached her shoulders and she loved the result.

“It was down to my shoulders and it really did make me feel prettier,” she continued.



(Image: Ralph Kopitz/@rk_portrait_photographie)

She said: “I guess in a way I felt like I was taking back control – it was part of my journey into adulthood.”

Washing her hair twice a week, Stefanie says that is the easy part – it is drying it that can take hours.

“I use regular shampoo and conditioner,” she said. “I go to bed with wet hair and it will normally be dry by the time I wake up – depending on the weather.”

She continued: “I don’t use a hair dryer as heat can be damaging.

“The last time I went to the hairdresser was 2005. I usually cut any damaged ends off once a month myself, but that’s it.”

With her hair growing by 1cm a month, or around 12cm each year, by 2011, Stefanie’s mane was hip length.

“By then it was longer than most people’s and I started getting a lot of comments from friends and strangers,” she said.



Stefanie has always associated long hair with being beautiful (Ralph Kopitz/@rk_portrait_photographie)
(Image: Ralph Kopitz/@rk_portrait_photographie)

“They’d say things like, ‘Wow, your hair is so long.’

“It was nice receiving compliments, which encouraged me to keep growing it.”

She continued: “And if people didn’t like it, I didn’t care, as I love my hair long. ”

In December 2016, with her magnificent mane by then skimming her thighs, dressed as the evil queen from ABC’s fantasy drama Once Upon A Time, she met her boyfriend, Ralph at a comic convention in Dortmund, Germany

“My friend knew Ralph, who is a keen photographer, and suggested he take a photo of me in my outfit,” she said.

She continued: “Afterwards he sent over the photos and we started writing to each other.

“By New Year’s Eve, we were an official couple.”

Now, in their free time, Ralph often helps Stefanie to stage amazing photoshoots – with her hair taking centre stage.



Stefanie’s hair is 5ft 10in long (PA Real Life/Collect)
(Image: PA REAL LIFE)

Sharing snaps of her curls on her personal Instagram account, Stefanie soon drew masses of attention – with some of the less savoury comments encouraging to start a separate page in 2018 just for her hair.

She said: “Strangers started seeing my hair on social media and, although most people were very flattering, I received some unusual requests.

“People would ask if they could meet me to touch or brush my hair, which was knee length by 2018.”

She continued: “One man asked if I could record myself doing sexual things with it, which was very strange.

“I still get the strange comments, but they’re contained on a separate platform.

“I ignore unpleasant requests, though, as for the most part people are very kind and flattering.”

Uploading photos roughly once a week for her 2,000 strong followers, with her hair now down to her ankles, Stefanie has no plans on cutting it any time soon.

In fact, she plans to keep growing it until it is two metres long.

“I hope by 2022 it will be two metres long,” she said. “I think it would be quite funny to reach that goal.”

She concluded: “After that, I’ll probably go to the hairdresser and keep it at floor length.

“I don’t want to walk around with my hair dragging on the floor forever!”

To keep up with Stefanie’s hair goals, follow her @loreleys_hairdream