On October 28th, a news story broke about a Kenyan woman who got more than what she bargained for when she purchased hair that harbored maggots for her weave. A panic among weave wearers quickly spread as the story snaked its way across the globe, with many questioning the quality of hair that is used for weaving, according to the Kenyan Standard.
The story began when the Standard printed a story about a Kenyan woman who suffered from excruciating headaches. After several tests, a doctor finally examined the woman’s scalp and discovered that the source of her pain were flesh-eating worms that were burrowing in to her scalp.
The worms had also laid eggs.
The weave story — which supposedly came from worm-infested corpses — was quickly picked up by news outlets across continents and includes a quote urging women to take heed: