HAMZA Yassin has opened up about the reason he has not cut his hair in over 17 years.
The wildlife presenter has been wowing audiences on Strictly Come Dancing with his long dreadlocks often being a focus of the screen.
He has become notable for his impressive hair
Hamza has incredibly long locks
The star admitted it had been 17 years since he lost cut his long locks and told ITV’s This Morning of the reason behind his decision.
He said: “I remember, my mum used to sit me down, me, my brother and my dad, and just give us the number two the whole time.
“I just rebelled one year, I’m like, ‘I’m done’. And that was it!”
Despite this, Hamza admitted he had occasionally trimmed his locks over the years purely for practical reasons.
He told Good Morning Britain: “There’s been bits that have [been] trimmed because I was in the Arctic and it dipped in a bit of engine oil so it’ll get snipped off every now and then.
“My hair is part of me and Jowita’s nice enough to put up with it in training.”
It comes after Hamza opened up about some of the struggles he has faced in his life.
He has overcome homelessness, dyslexia and racism to follow in the footsteps of his idol Sir David Attenborough.
Hamza lived out of his car for a year, using a nearby community centre to wash his clothes.
After that, he lived in holiday homes before saving enough money to buy his own place.
Hamza said locals welcomed him “two thousand per cent” and are often keen to tell him about sightings of golden eagles and red deer.
In a 2020 interview he said: “I’m the only black person on the whole peninsula and most of the west coast.
“Even people on neighbouring islands know who I am.”
Hamza has been wowing on Strictly
Hamza has been honest about the struggles he has faced in his life