Superstitious Thai woman has 5ft long dreadlocked hair after leaving it unwashed for 20 years

A superstitious Thai woman's hair has matted into one enormous dreadlock after she refused to cut or wash it for more than 20 years,

Jiam Srisuk, 57, from Trang, southern Thailand said her hair has started to twill together naturally when she reached her thirties.

Locals told her that cutting or washing her dark brown locks would bring bad luck, so she let them grow naturally into dreadlocks.

Footage from Tuesday (02/06) shows her with her 5ft long deadlocked hair reaching down the ground.

She said she was amazed how long it grew and never dared to cut it as neighbours suggested it would cause a bad event.

She said: "I used to have normal hair like other people but when I reached my thirties my hair started to gradually twill together.

"I was shocked at first and wanted to cut it but the elderly residents in my neighbourhood told me that it is like a gift from the deity and should not be cut.

"They told me that cutting it would cause a calamity to me so I let it grow naturally for the last twenty years."

Dreadlocks, also known as dreads, are rope-like strands of hair formed by matting or braiding hair. They are popular with rastafarians.