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February 7, 2013
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Crystal Harrison, Staff Reporter

Jamaicans who sport dreadlocks and aspire to visit South Africa may have to second guess that trip as thieves are reportedly going after locks due to a rising demand for natural hair extensions.

According to a report on www.globalpost.com last week, a growing number of people with dreadlocks are having their hair stolen in Johannesburg, South Africa..

The demand is thought to be coming from the hairstyle trend of dreadlock extensions.

Persons are said to prefer real hair than synthetic, and trendsetters are willing to pay for the natural look.

South African national Mutsa Madonko was reportedly found passed out in a club, and his hair stolen.

THE STAR gathered that women were the most vulnerable to the 'dread thieves'.

A stylist was quoted in the report as saying, "You are an easy target if you walk around with your hair loose. They don't care about your money or fancy phone. They are only after your hair," she said.

It is reported that shoulder-length dreadlocks are sold for between US$22 (J$2,078) and US$77 (J$7,273).

The longer dread extensions can cost as much as US$281 (J$26,543).

Victims have been encouraged by Johannesburg police to open assault cases.

Meanwhile, back home in Jamaica, reggae artistes who sport dreadlocks and who have plans to visit the African country in the near future say they are just being made aware of the trend.

Rastafarian deejay Chuck Fender said that he is not aware of the trend in Johannesburg, but he is not distracted as he is looking forward to visit Kenya and other places in Africa for the first time this summer.

"This is the first time I am hearing about this, and I have never been to South Africa. What I can tell you is that my music is doing well in places like Kenya, Gambia and so on," the artiste said.

"Cut locks and run? That sounds like is a trouble making squad doing it, cutting someone's locks is a violation to the man himself and to his belief. I don't know, maybe is some normal dread and not really Rasta they are doing it to because I went to South Africa last year and the vibes was cool. I am just hoping that this is a rumour," Rastafarian reggae singer Lutan Fyah told THE STAR.

Flex from the dancehall group T.O.K, who also sports dreadlocks, said that he is not aware of the trend.

"This is the first time I am hearing about this. I have never been to Johannesburg, but we love Africa and we have been to other places like Kenya and Ghana and so on. I doubt something like that would reach us still because when we travel, we always have security," Flex said.

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