By Kadia Blagrove , FashionnStyle Reporter | Sep 13, 2012 12:52 AM EDT
Move over NASA mohawk guy, there's a new wild mohawk in town.
Tokyo fashion designer Kazuhiro Watanabe has the world's tallest mohawk, according to the Guinness World Records. The sky-high 'do stands at a staggering 3-foot-8.6-inches.
The 40-year-old designer says he's been growing his hair for 15 years. But just because he hasn't cut his hair doesn't mean he doesn't style it. It takes a lot of work to keep up a nearly 4-feet-tall towering hairstyle. Watanabe says it takes his hairstylists two hours, one can of gel, and three cans of hairspray to make the mohawk stand upright. How's that for "high" maintenance?
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Watanabe decided to grow this stalk of a mohawk in rebellion against the conformity of Japanese society. But his reason for allowing his hair to grow so incredibly long is a bit less valiant. "I really wanted to be in the Guinness World Record book," he told The Huffington Post through a translator. "I considered trying to set the record for drinking most tabasco sauce," said the 5-foot-7 Watanabe, whose hair reaches his knees when let down.
With his incredibly long hair, Watanabe has held the world record title since January 2011. He appeared in Washington Square Park in New York City on Wednesday to promote the newest version of the Guinness book of World Records, which for the first time includes him. Watanabe beats previous record-holder, Stefan Srocka of Germany, who had a 31.5 inches high mohawk. According to the Japanese designer, his children have only seen his mohawk up in pictures. However, his 10-year-old daughter plans to beat his record.
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