When I was growing up the older generation, that is, my parents and their friends looked down upon locs. At the time, the only people that had them were weed-smoking rastafarai that hadn't ever held done a "proper" job. Locs came to be associated with this group, hence the negative image.
Those days are swiftly sliding away. A two hour flight away from my native Malawi, in South Africa, long locs are hot property.
If you're rocking long dreadlocks don't pass out at a party; yes, your smartphone and cash will remain intact but you'll have to start growing your locs from scratch because they will be G-O-N-E.
Long locs fetch as much as $300 on the black market, that's right, $300, so they're more precious than a second hand smartphone.
These locs are then sewn onto the heads of people that want instantly long locs. Personally, I find that kind of gross. But different strokes for different folks!
Hair theft is also common in the US, the only difference is that they steal it from a store not right off someone's head!
There is a lesson to this story...
...if you're planning vacation time in South Africa, remember to insure those locs!
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward