Hello Meltingpot Readers,
Since we were talking about hair, I had to share this alarming story I read last week. Apparently, the latest wave of crime to hit the streets of South Africa is called a ‘cut and run.’ Thieves are attacking people with dredlocks, chopping them off and then selling them to folks too lazy to grow their own damn hair. Seriously.
According to the article I read at CNN.com ” Shoulder-length dreadlocks are sold for between 200 rand ($23; £15) and 700 rand, while longer ones cost as much as 2,000 rand.”
These gangs of dredlock thieves are apparently working their trade in Johannesburg and Durban.
Can I just say, that besides the obvious fact that any type of violent robbery and assault is completely abhorrent and wrong, this is just kind of gross. As a proud dredlock wearer myself, I can honestly say you wouldn’t want to reuse my hair. I’m not saying it’s dirty, because I wash my hair regularly, but locks hold on to fuzz and sweat and other things more so than unlocked hair. And not everyone washes their locks on a regular basis. I think wearing somebody else’s locks would be like wearing somebody else’s underwear. Just kind of nasty. Besides, locks are very personal and unique. They’re not meant to be shared. Locks are non-transferrable.
So, while I’m totally holding these thieves responsible for their illegal and ridiculous acts, I’m also wondering who is doing the buying. Shame on everyone involved. And remind me if I ever make it to South Africa, to wear a wig.
What do you make of this story, dear readers? Is this scary or just shameful? I’m listening.
Peace and Hair Grease!