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A woman from Houston with nails over 20 feet long no longer has to spend a fortune on polishing after cutting them and breaking her own Guinness World Record.

Ayana Williams cut her nails after growing them for 28 years and reached a length of 24 feet 0.7 inches, according to Guinness. In 2017, Williams broke the record for the longest nails on a pair of hands (women) when he measured more than 18 feet.

For the first time since the early 1990s, Williams’ nails were cut with an electric rotary tool in a dermatology office over the weekend in Fort Worth, Texas, CNN reports.

Before she cut her nails, her last manicure required three to four bottles of nail polish.

“It can take up to five days to do everything, and it can only take two to three days for an elbow,” Williams told Guinness in a live Facebook interview in 2017.

Then many viewers asked the “question of millions of dollars”: How to delete after using the bathroom?

“Since everyone wants to know how I wipe my bottom, put your money where your mouth is and don’t say I’m nasty when I show it to you,” Williams said.

Viewers also asked how he does housework. Williams said he really cooks, but doesn’t wash dishes. She added that she drives with minimal difficulty.

“The only thing that’s hard for me is to turn right,” Williams said.

The longest fingernails for a woman are still with Lee Redmond. Redmond began growing his nails in 1979 and carefully maintained them to reach a length of 28 feet and 4.5 inches, according to Guinness.

Melvin Bute holds the record for the longest nails on a pair of men’s hands at 32 feet, 3.8 inches, measured in 2009, before he died in December, according to Guinness.

Williams no longer has to spend days manicuring her nails and told Guinness she was excited about the new ventures. She said her decision to cut them stemmed from difficulties in daily tasks such as putting sheets on the bed.

Her nails will now be preserved and will be on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Orlando, Florida. She also told Guinness that she planned to restore her nails, but not to their previous length.

“I never thought I would ever be in the Guinness World Record,” Williams said in 2017. It’s such an amazing thing and it took a long time to grow those nails.

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