Dreadlock thieves on the loose!
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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Many bloggers and naturals are talking about this right now. It's hard to imagine that people would be so desperate to even concoct such a crime. The hairdressers and salons that install human hair dreads on customers should be strict about making sure they know where the hair they're buying originated from. If the demand wasn't as high and the professionals were more careful about what hair they use, then thieves wouldn't be compelled to steal them off of people's heads. There are rumours now that even if your hair isn't locked but you're rocking a big lose fro, you could also be a target. Very scary.
Heather @ Neno Natural
26/3/2013 10:09:32 pm
VERY scary indeed! Wow...
5/9/2013 04:50:11 am
sorry but l thought that your article started off very negative to Jamaican Rastas. The remark not having a proper job and weed smoking, not all Rastas smoke weed? So unless you were living in Jamaica at the time, you should be mindful how you stereotype other people from other cultures and put it up on the web for others to read.
5/9/2013 06:10:25 pm
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