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Male Rapunzel!

A young man who grew his hair for seven years has been dubbed the ‘male Rapunzel’. Cristiano Braga, 28, regularly maintains his luscious locks with natural oils, such as aloe vera, avocado, camomile, mint and rosemary, and says women often expressed their envy. But Cristiano has also been bullied by jealous and even accused of wanting to “turn” women’s sexualities.

“There was a time, as my hair grew, I was quite criticised; people called me a woman, broom hair, scarecrow, they would cut my hair, they said I was ugly, weird. I get a lot more questions now; the strangest question I got was if I wore a wig, because my hair glowed a lot. Whenever someone approaches me on the street, I get a little embarrassed, because the person always draws the attention of others to me, and although it does not seem like it, I do not like to expose myself much,” the proud model, from Minas Gerais, Brazil, said.

The man, who began starting growing his hair in 2012 for “no real reason”, says he is often called Jesus, John Lennon, Jared Leto, Axle Rose, Ariel, Merida, Little Mermaid and Rapunzel, among other personalities and characters.

He continued, “Prejudice is something very present in our society and must be fought. I get really shocked when someone says that my hair is better than theirs because it demonstrates how low a person’s self-esteem is and needs to be worked on. It makes me very sad when they ask me if I want to ‘turn’ women because I have long hair, it shows that society does not accept what is different from the patterns. An interesting case was a group of deaf people who approached me using sign language to ask me if I was from a band, they thought I was famous, or something. They even took pictures of me. I even find that many people take pictures of my hair without me knowing.”

Nevertheless, Cristiano believes his hair has made him more confident and stronger. He’s even asked his agent to keep his hair this length for his acting career. “I always found long hair beautiful both in women and men, I do not know why, I thought it was incredible that we all have hair the way we want it,” he added.

“Having long hair is an incredible experience, for me, hair has taught me to value myself, to have more confidence, to respect me and to make me respected and especially to not care about the opinions and criticism of others. Life passes by very fast for us to live our lives according to others, so we must live for ourselves and as we wish. Now, many find it cool, and use my hair as inspiration to let their hair grow. Others who are more normative, find it strange for a man to have great hair. Have patience; hair takes its time to grow and people will criticise you, so do not get discouraged, do what you want, the hair is yours, life is yours, enjoy your way, be happy.” Mirror


 

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