He’s certainly saved tons of money on shaving cream over the years.
Ram Singh Chauhan, a 58-year-old who hails from India, was given the title of “World’s Longest Mustache” by Guinness World Records, for his 14-foot long mustache he hasn’t trimmed in 32 years.
Chauhan, who spends two hours a day grooming his Rapunzel-like mustache, called it his “most prized possession” calling it “a man thing.”
“The moustache is the symbol of pride and respect,” he told The Daily Mail. “In ancient India, a moustache meant everything. It is priceless. It's a man thing.”
Chauhan said he started growing his mustache as a teenager and hasn’t cut it in over three decades.
“Growing a mustache is like taking care of a baby - you really need to nurture it,” he said. “It has taken me a long, long time to get it to 14 feet. It's not been an easy task.”
“When I first started to grow my mustache, I did not intend to break any record. Mustaches have been a part of Rajasthani and Indian culture for centuries. This is an age-old tradition,” he continued. “We are Rajputs. It's a common practice to sport a moustache in our clan. My father also sported a flowing one. Now my son has also started growing his.”
Chauhan said he also hopes that younger generations take on the Indian tradition of growing mustaches, too, just like his son.
“This is the time of the clean-shaven youngsters, everywhere you look young people are without mustaches,” he said. “It is nice to grow a moustache. It is the symbol of manhood. I would want to see every youngster grow a moustache.”
Chauhan said his mustache has led him to travel the world to show it off, citing trips to Italy and Germany, where he was invited to the famed German Beard and Moustache Club.
“They gave me lot of respect. They loved my moustache. Many said they had never seen something like this before,” he said.
He said his facial hair has led him to roles in Bollywood films and even Hollywood, where he landed a part in the James Bond movie “Octopussy.”
So how did he grow such a long mustache, anyway? According to Chauhan, he only uses all-natural products.
“Once I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is to massage my moustache using coconut, olive or almond oil,” he explained. “I do not use a shampoo or soap, just herbals. Then, I comb them and neatly roll them up. This is the daily routine. Once a week, I do other treatments too. But all of them are natural methods. I never use commercial products.”