Melvin Booth has the official Guinness World Record 'longest fingernails; Lee Redmond used to have the longest female fingernails.
The photo above was taken just a few months prior to Redmond’s accident which resulted in the loss of her fingernails, for the 2010 Edition of Guinness World Records.

Lee Redmond’s nails are more famous, Melvin Booth has the world record!

The official Guinness World Record ‘longest fingernails’:
2008 – Melvin Boothe, whose nails measure 9.05m (29 ft 8in)

Female record ‘longest female fingernails’:
2008 – Lee Redmond, whose nails measure 8.65m (28 ft 4in)

In an interview with Guinness World Records Lee Redmond talked about her meeting with Melvin Booth:

“I have very, very fond memories from Melvin, he touched my life. He also broke my heart, to see this man who wouldn’t even go out of his home. Tears when I left, both he and I. I hope that some day he will realise that he’s more than his fingernails. . . I think the difference between Melvin and me, for one thing they didn’t keep me from going out in public, and they didn’t make me be secluded. I would have never, never chose to keep them if they would have had to keep me away from people or you know, living whatever normal is you know.”

“I hope he will decide to go out and interact with people and I’m sure that he felt the love that I had for him and respect. It wasn’t his fingernails; it was him that I cared for.”

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Guinness World Records honours Lee Redmond’s record: ‘longest female fingernails!’

Earlier this year (februari) Lee Redmond became world news after a car crash which resulted in the loss of her Guinness World Record longest fingernails. This week Guinness World Records announced that due to the popularity of Lee Redmond’s Guinness World Record, her (former) ‘fingernail life-work’ will be honoured in the 2010 ‘The Book of the Decade’!

But the best part of the Guinness report is that six months after the car accident mrs. Redmond is doing just fine!

In an interview with Guinness World Records she described:

“Losing my fingernails has been the most dramatic thing that’s happened in my life. I think it was my grandson that said, ‘Grandma, they are like your baby; you’ve taken care of them for 30 years and lost them in a second’.”

“The thing that bothered me with losing the fingernails was that it becomes your identity and I felt like I’d lost part of that. Yet I would always say when people would make comments about my fingernails, you know there’s more to me than my fingernails.”

The 68-year-old Lee Redmond, of Salt Lake City, Utah, admitted that it had become much easier to get around since she was robbed of her record-breaking assets.

By the way… last month a British research reveals that a humidity of 55% is perfect for growing strong, lengthy fingernails. Interestingly, the average relative humidity in Lee Redmond’s residence – Salt Lake City – is reported to be: ‘67% in the morning, 43% in the afternoon’: which results in an average of 55% – an exact copy of the percentage reported by British researchers! Coincidence? (Discover more of the details below!)

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:

The full story about Lee Redmond’s world record fingernails!
How to grow long, strong fingernails & avoid brittle nails!
Fingernail quality depends on humidity & climate!

Lee Redmond’s (female) world record fingernails some time before the car crash – 8.65m long [28-ft 4-in]:

Lee Redmond's Guinness World Record longest fingernails - measuring 8.65m long [28-ft 4-in] at some time before the car crash.

Lee Redmond six months after losing her world record fingernails in a car crash:

Lee Redmond six months after losing her world record fingernails in a car crash.