Local eighth-grader sets world record for largest afro

Tyler Wright

Tyler Wright

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – An eighth-grader at Pattonville Heights Middle School has claimed a hair raising world record.

Tyler Wright will be recognized as having the world’s largest male afro in the 2017 edition of the Guinness World Records.

Tyler Wright

Tyler Wright

Wright’s afro is 10 inches high and 9 inches wide, with a circumference of 5 feet, 10 inches.

Wright began to grow his hair out in the third grade after seeing a photo of his father from the 1970s with a similar hair style. His original plan was to make his afro bigger than his father’s, but by the fifth grade, Wright had passed his father’s hair length and just let it continue to grow.