Venezuela’s Shocking Hair Thefts

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The Venezuelan city of Maracaibo is a home to some strange hair thieves. The citizens there call them piranhas, but don’t let the name mislead you. They don’t bite off your flesh; they attack women with long hair and cut it off.

“You have to see it to believe it.” a resident of Maracibo, Egmari Villarreal, explained the situation. “We’re not going to be able to have long hair anymore. As a woman, this is something traumatic.”

The hair thefts are supposedly being carried out by thieves attempting to make money by selling the snatched hair off to beauty salons.

“It’s happening downtown, at the beach or at the mall, where you find a lot of young women,” a resident, Sarai Madrid, told Panorama. “The thieves grab them by the hair, pull out some scissors and cut their hair. Then they sell it at beauty or hair salons.”

What is even more surprising about these hair thefts is that the thieves are actually females themselves. “I thought they were going to steal my cell phone, because I had it in my hand at the time, but they took out scissors,” hair theft victim Mariana Rodriguez said. “They did not give me a chance to think or to run or anything. And when I looked, I no longer had any hair.”

Thankfully, the police are now stepping up security and will try all attempts to stop the assaults.

A similar hair theft was observed last year in the Colombian city of Barranquilla, where Arlen Luna, a local resident sporting a hair braid, was attacked by the hair thieves, who cut off 8 inches of hair, before speeding off.

A quick look at the robber’s perspective can explain the entire situation- synthetic hair costs between $40 and $160, purely dependent on the quality, while natural hair costs a lot more-up to $500. Snipping off the hair of a few everyday could pretty much make hair theft an ideal income for the ‘piranhas.’

You might want to guard your tresses now that you know what they’re worth.

Written by: Enozia Vakil

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