The demand for hair has reached an all NEW level! According to reporter Ruth Mauel-Logan, there is an epidemic of dreadlock thefts in Johannasburg, South Africa. I hope Filmmaker Ava DuVernay and other celebrities who wear locks has heard about this epidemic, and will avoid any travels to South Africa. Considering the years it has taken them to grow out their locks and keep them groomed, should be enjoyed by them...no one else.
Dreadlock theives scout out victims to cut off their hair to resell it to salons. Logan reports, "The stolen hair can be weaved on to the head of a male or female, whereas before, synthetic hair had been used for eons. The typical weaving-in process can take up to two hours and can be woven on to the head using a crochet hook or needle and thread. A stylist can charge up to about $170 to weave in the dreadlocks. In most of the cases, dreadlock thieves are zeroing in on the fairer sex, and according to Randburg hairstylist Lebo Masimong, he says, it is because women appear to be easier targets, “You are an easy target if you walk around the CBD (central business district) and your hair is loose. They don’t care about your money or fancy phone. They are only after your hair.”
This type of re-usage of dreadlocks would not be allowed in the United States, because of sanitation and sterilization laws. A salon would be closed down and fined. In addition, bacteria, dirt, and undescribable diseases may be transmitted very easily if a persons hygiene was poor...the source from where the dreadlocks came. Another consideration is, does the hair stylist shampoo the hair prior to attaching it to someone elses hair? A good question to ask!
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