Lee Redmond soaks hers in olive oil. Aaron Studham lathers his in
They both say it's worth it.
Redmond, 65, earned an entry in the latest edition of Guinness World
Records with the world's longest fingernails that have now reached a resplendent 24 feet 7 inches (7.51
Studham, 17, joined the ranks of the weird, wacky and wonderful with
the tallest hair on the planet.
"It's a real icebreaker with the girls," Studham said of his
magnificent Mohican hairstyle proudly peaking at 24 inches.
"It started as a dare from my friends," the Massachusetts teenager said
after sharing grooming tips with his fellow record holder at a photocall
in a London beauty parlour.
"It took me five to six years to grow. I don't wear it up all the time
but when I do, it takes about 45 minutes to an hour to put it up. I use
hairspray and then blow-dry it."
Redmond shares a centre spread in Guinness 2007 with the proud
purveyors of the world's stretchiest skin, narrowest waist and longest ear
hair alongside a woman who can pop her eyeballs 11 millimetres ( 0.43
inches) out of their sockets.
Redmond, who started growing her fingernails 27 years ago, has a
meticulous routine to keep
them in tip-top condition.
"I clean them with a toothbrush when they get dirty and always keep
them manicured," she said. Every day she treats them with warm olive oil
and nail hardener.
However, the lifespan of her phenomenal talons is drawing to a close.
"I am going to have to take them off in November as I am looking after
my husband who is suffering from Alzheimer's," she explained.
She has attracted some unusual admirers over the years and was once
offered money to have her nails nibbled.
When asked the inevitable question about how on earth she goes to the
toilet, Redmond said: "Very carefully."