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A Houston woman 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.

Ayanna Williams cut off her nails after cultivating them for 28 years and reached a length of 24 feet 0.7 inches, according to Guinness. In 2017, Williams broke the record for longest nails on a pair of hands (female) as they measured more than 18 feet.

For the first time since the early 1990s, Williams’ nails were cut with an electric rotating tool at a dermatologist’s office over the weekend in Fort Worth, Texas, according to CNN.

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

“It can take up to five days to probably do everything, and just polishing can take two to three days,” Williams told Guinness in a 2017 Facebook Live Interview.

Many viewers then asked the “million dollar question”: How does she dry after using the bathroom?

“Since everyone wants to know how I wipe the bottom, place your money where your mouth is and not say I’m ugly when I show you,” Williams said.

Viewers also asked how she did housework. Williams said she cooks but does not wash up. She also said she is driving with minimal difficulty.

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

The longest nails on a pair of hands ever for a woman still stand alongside Lee Redmond. Redmond began growing his nails in 1979 and carefully manicured them to reach a length of 28 feet 4.5 inches, according to Guinness.

Melvin Boothe holds the record for the longest fingernails on a pair of male hands at 32 feet, 3.8 in measured in 2009, before dying in December, according to Guinness.

Williams no longer has to take days to manicure her nails and told Guinness she was excited about new beginnings. She said her decision to cut them stemmed from problems with daily tasks like laying sheets on the bed.

Her nails will now be preserved and exhibited at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Orlando, Florida. She also told Guinness she plans to regain her nails, but not to her 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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