By Liana Jacob
MEET the real-life Rapunzel who has been growing her hair for TWENTY-TWO-YEARS and admits to receiving disgusting requests from men with SEXUAL HAIR FETISHES asking her to do ‘vile things’ like give ‘HAIRJOBS’.
Supermarket employee, Cory DeAn Cowley (29), from Florida, USA, was inspired by her mother to grow her hair since she was just seven-years-old.
She is part Native American from her mother’s side, so as she grew older, her passion for growing her hair re-focused to keeping her Native American roots alive.
She hasn’t cut, dyed, straightened or applied any synthetic chemicals to her hair since she was a little girl and has recently steered clear of conditioning her hair to keep it ‘away from the elements’.
Her long hair, which has grown to the length of three-foot-nine, has since attracted positive attention from men, some comments she welcomes, and others have been from men with a hair fetish, also known as hair partialism and trichophilia.
“I get mostly positive reactions from men. Sometimes I do get very disgusting and lascivious questions or demands from them asking me to do vile things with it,” Cory said.
“Most of the men who ask me things like that attribute my hair to a sexual fetish they apparently have.
“Many men ask if I give ‘hairjobs’ which entail a female giving a male pleasure by wrapping her hair around his penis and ejaculating him. It’s always a daily bombardment, but I suppose I’m used to it at this point.
“I’ve had numerous hair fetish sites on Instagram direct message me and ask me to send hair videos in which I lick my hair. Disgusting.
“I get very questionable men asking me for my other social media handles, so they can get a more ‘intimate’ insight into me and my hair care routines.
“I can only deduce that most of these men indulge in their fetishes via hair pages on Instagram. It gets hard sometimes posting pictures or posting a story without some sort of perverted comment.
“Overall, most of my male friends or random people say nice things and give me praise as to the dedication in growing it.
“I started growing my hair when I was seven-years-old. When I was a little girl my mum always encouraged me to keep my hair long, and as a result, I grew up into maintaining its length.
“I decided to grow my hair originally because of my mother. She inspired me so much as a little girl in the way that she looked and dressed.
“Me, my sister and my mother all adorned long hair up until my sister reached her late teens and abandoned the tradition.
“The last and only time I cut my hair was in year three. I trim it from time to time, but that was the only time I cut it and it will be the last.
“I’m the only one who still loves my long hair, and mum still loves braiding it to this day. While growing up, my mum was my hero, and being that her bloodline encouraged women to love and honour their hair, it wasn’t difficult for me to keep the tradition alive.
“Even though I am mixed, I still consider myself very much Native American in my spirituality and respect of the Earth.
“Also, culturally, long hair is a person’s way of being able to pick up extra-sensory vibrations from their surroundings. Without it, I feel like I would be naked.
“The thing I love most about my hair is its natural colour and look. I feel like my hair is very unique in the way that it waves and falls on my back.
“Aesthetically it’s always nice to look at. It’s my signature, and I’m pretty well-known for it, so it has quite literally become an extension of who I am.”
Cory explains that maintaining her hair is easy despite its length, the toughest part is ‘sitting on it’.
“Maintenance is not difficult; given I have never dyed my hair, it provides an extremely easy platform to build upon,” she said.
“I used to only condition the ends of my hair, but lately I have completely kept it unwashed and braided in a bun to keep it from being exposed to the elements.
“As long as you treat your hair like a newborn baby, anyone can have healthy hair, but thousands if not millions of people enjoy polluting their hair with chemicals. The more you let your hair be free, the better it will grow and look healthy.
“Sitting on my hair when I get in my car is a pain, though. Also, there have been times I’ve had elderly people at my job sit on my hair when I’m sitting on the bench.
“Where I work, women are not permitted to have their hair down. I think the thing that most people tell me is they’re shocked at how long and healthy it is.
“Most of my clientele only ever see me one way, so when they see me in my civilian clothes, with my hair down, I always get a reaction of ‘wow’.
“Sometimes little kids also call me Rapunzel and that’s something that puts a smile on my face. Even one of my friends from Instagram coined me, ‘The Black Metal Rapunzel’.
“My best advice to anyone who wants to grow their hair is patience. You have to be patient and dedicated. If you aren’t willing to let nature take its course, then hair growing isn’t for you.
“I’ve been doing it my whole life so of course I’ve mastered the art. Dedicating yourself to making sure your hair is maintained is like taking care of a child.
“It becomes a part of you, intertwined in your soul. It can also represent you and it’s always important to make sure you treat it with respect. Don’t weigh it down with hair spray, dyes, product; hair doesn’t like that or need it.”