I've always wanted to be Rapunzel. I've been growing my hair out since kindergarten or so. But for the past however-many years, it doesn't really get longer. Is it long? Yes. Does it drag on the floor? No.

EDIT: I tried out being Rapunzel, and it was every bit as wonderful as I had always hoped. See the instructable here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Surprisingly-Easy-Rapunzel-Costume/

So when my friend wanted to do a costume with me which would require my hair to be Rapunzel length, I started researching hair extensions.

Hair extensions are crazy expensive. You can spend hundreds of dollars on that nonsense. So that was out, and I pondered for a time. But then I happened to stop into a wig shop, and they had these $3 bundles of long, braided hair. For three dollars a bunch, I had to give it a try- and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

So here you go. How to get ridiculously long hair, for about $6.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
This is the hair I got. My technique requires a minimum of two bunches of hair (I got more, for longer hair, but I haven't tried it yet).

The darker one is more my color; I got the other one to blend and add highlights, as I'll show you in the next step.
It was also integral to the braiding process, and my friend and I worked it in in such a way that the pure blonde didn't show much.

You will also need a helper. Danger is my middle name did the actual braiding in these pictures.

Hair elastics are necessary as well.
sunshiine2 years ago
I loved this instructable so much that  it aroused my curiosity; so I looked to see who had the longest hair. This is what I found: http://www.worldrecordacademy.com/human/the_girl_with_the_longest_hair_Natasha_Moraes_de_Andrade_sets_world_record_112807.html

Hope your weekend is totally awesome!
....guess again for the person with the longest hair in the world: asha mandela

That is who is coming up in the search. ???

Thanks for sharing~ have a nice looooog weekend~
You need to scroll down to see the video or picture.
For that "Extra Touch" you could have woven or braided into the hairpiece a whole bunch (like 500 to 1000) of the fiber optic light fiber strands that glow different colors when light is applied to the ends of them .
As far as hiding the wiring and the batteries , they could be incorporated into a head piece (be creative) tiara or crown .
You would need some help putting on but it would look so different and be a really cool effect .
or this one,

or you can find all kinds of this stuff on Ebay.

Solar battery for lights.
agis682 years ago
omg Rapunzel! how many times told you not escape from your cell on highest tower?
What do you mean, ridiculously long hair? My hair IS that long. If I go any longer, I'll trip on it, I already sit on it by accident.
This is a cute idea though, for those with ridiculously short hair. I would suggest blending the extensions in a little at a time over a longer stretch, to prevent bulkiness and ends sticking out. Center extension within segment and elastic it in place (use the tiny elastics, clear works best), then spray with firm-hold hairspray to tame the ends at the join, repeat with each segment, braid a little further and then add more extensions in each segment, following method above, braid some more, REPEAT this process until all extensions are in place, braid to end and bind with larger hair elastic and bow, if desired. Wrapping the braid along its length with criss-crossing ribbon will also help to keep the braid "tamed." Enjoy your lovely long hair.
In that case, what would (proportionately) be insanely long hair on her would be ridiculously long hair on you.

The cleverness of this method is that you can repeat step six as many times as you want/can before doing step seven.
What she said! ^^^^^^ All though when mine gets that long I donate to Locks of Love :]
SHIFT!2 years ago
Great project! And you say you and Danger worked on this? Ha, so many people are now going to be entangled in this.
SenKat SHIFT!2 years ago
Heh - ENTANGLED - Heh... nice.

Loved the 'ible - I have always thought that super-long hair was really sexy, even though my loving wife of 23 years wears her hair short (sigh !) :-) (op) ------->Nice work, really creative !
I get the pun.
How long are the fake hair bundles?
LilyK21 month ago
LilyK2 LilyK21 month ago

I purchased this Nuhairrx serum because it was economic price and figured if it didn't work no real loss. Well it Works. I have been using it for about six months and I started seeing results after two months. New hairs have started growing in around my hairline. This stuff has returned them to their original thickness and they are even longer than they were before! So I am a happy customer. Lol.

where do you get it

char009twit7 months ago

I'm so disappointed!!! I actually thought that was her real hair and that I was going to learn some hair growing techniques :( I want long hair so bad, but not bad enough to wear fake hair. I would like for my own hair to grow that long (or even longer if permitted). :)

SelkeyMoonbeam (author)  char009twit7 months ago

I would read that 'ible as well.

Hair growth is actually really interesting. Each follicle is on a specific 1-4 year life cycle, after which that strand falls out– which is why, in my case, my hair never really gets longer than my hips (and hasn't changed length in many years): that's as long as each hair grows in four years. (You can read about how that works here: http://www.laroche-posay.com/article/Loss-Hair/a29...

I've read that high-humidity environments can help your hair grow faster (e.g. the tropics), though I can't confirm veracity.

Of course, hair length is also affected by how you treat the existing strands. If the ends break off, you will naturally end up with shorter hair than if your hair was completely protected from dryness/brushes/snagging branches/zippers during its lifecycle. If you have thick hair, or if you don't brush or wash your hair very often, it might be easier for your hair to grow longer simply because the strands will stay whole.

In my case, this is another reason my hair doesn't get longer: I'm always running through forests, so when my hair snags on trees and bushes, it gets left behind– thus naturally controlling my hair to a length suited to my lifestyle.

Auxilium2 years ago
Aw, that's cheating.
I've got mine nearly to that length on my own
CarlA5 Auxilium8 months ago

Agreed. Much rather have my own hair grow from my own scalp to be that long. It is pretty, but it would need to be my own.

So did my significant other. I'm sending her the link to this instructable. That should be rather interesting.
I feel like I would do this to freak out my gymnastics coaches, lol
jenevieve1 year ago

Where did you get your hair extensions?

Can you curl it?
Haven't tried it, but I believe this particular brand is meant to be curl-able.
jd12 years ago
beautiful long hair
jd12 years ago
beautiful long hair
MyMenagerie2 years ago
WOW! The lighter hair on the ends just looks like older hair that has spent more time in the sun that the newer hair closer to the roots. I love the look! Thanks for sharing!
wabijishi2 years ago
Beautiful and fun! Thx :) Looks so cool!
suayres2 years ago
The way that professionals blend synthetic hair for extensions, is with a device known as a "hackle". It's basically a wire hairbrush, affixed to a smooth board. The hair has the various colors laid one one another, as you described, and then first one end of the bundle, and then the other, is passed, rapidly, but carefully, through the hackle, alternating ends. Within a few passes, the color is nicely blended, and very convincing. When I was in my early 20s (and I'm dating myself, because this was more than 40 years ago), these custom-blended hairpieces were extremely popular, and were sold in mid-level department stores. I saved for about three months in order to be able to buy mine, and when I finally owned it, I was pleased as punch. They really are fun....
In India (Punjab) it is called Parandi that is worn as an accessory.
1inspirit2 years ago
for a while there i was mad about the idea of really long hair because mine grows slowly. the only problem is synthetic is so fake and the idea of real human hair just totally grosses me out :(
never the less, cool 'ible
for a while there i was mad about the idea of really long hair because mine grows slowly. the only problem is synthetic is so fake and the idea of real human hair just totally grosses me out :(
never the less, cool 'ible
sunshiine2 years ago
I absolutely love this! I always wanted really long hair! This is awesome! Thjanks for sharing!