A Louisiana woman holds the Guinness record for the largest afro for the third time in 13 years. 47-year-old Aevin Dugas, Reserve, LA, says it all started thanks to her sister.
“My sister unbeknownst to me put a picture up of me on Facebook. Someone saw the picture and suggested I try out for the Guinness World Record holder of the largest afro.”
Dugas earned her first title in 2010 when her afro measured four feet, four inches in circumference. 13 years later, her hair has grown to a 9.84 inches tall, 10.4 inches wide, and 5.41 inches in circumference. Dugas says she began growing her afro by going natural.
“By going natural, I cut it probably twenty-four years ago and I just happened to post a pic where one night I had taken my puff out so you got this big afro and that’s how it pretty much came about.”
And while she has set three records styling her beautiful afro, she doesn’t wear it out often. Dugas says it takes a lot of adjustments to wear the afro so she changes hairstyles
“I see people comment, “Oh I wouldn’t want to sit behind her in the movie theater”. And you won’t because I wouldn’t go to a movie theater with my hair picked up. There’s no reason for me to walk around with a five-foot ‘fro on a daily basis.”
Dugas says she hopes to inspire young girls that look like her to love everything about themselves. She has been growing her afro for nearly 25 years.