Hair weaves from corpses are filled with flesh-eating worms


Here's a nice Halloween story for you. Irene Myangoh, a nice young lady working for a law firm in Nairobi, went to a swanky salon to get her hair did. She got herself an expensive weave put in made from human hair and all was well for a few weeks.

A fortnight later, she found she had a rotten headache and went to the doctors and after a bout of medication, it wouldn't go away. She ended up having blood tests and brain scans until she ended up getting her scalp checked.

The doctor found worms burrowing into her skull which had hatched after eggs which were found in the weave, hatched. It was deduced that these flesh devouring worms came from a corpse (these worms are apparently only found in cadavers).

This means there's a clutch of ladies walking around with corpse hair, potentially about to have their scalps eaten by worms. And you think this is just some African problem? Think again. The manager of the salon where Irene got her weave said: "I am shocked to hear this because this is the first time such a thing is happening to my clients. I will get more information from my supplier because we import these weaves from the UK, USA and India."

These weaves are already in the UK, which means you might be getting your hair did, or indeed, getting off with someone with a weave, and you might find worms gnawing at your skin. Delightful.

And there are increasing numbers of cases regarding this. One young lady didn't notice spider eggs in her hair and they hatch and bit her 'til she died.

Happy Halloween everyone. Enjoy throwing your lunch up.


  • Gasglow
    Or, you knoe, not -
  • Charley
    "Irene Myangoh, a nice young lady working for a law firm in Nairobi, went to a swanky salon to get her hair did." Want to rephrase that?
  • Grandma N.
    Gimmers fails again!
  • PJH
    Oh dear. Not another urban myth dressed up as news from BW:
  • Dionaeamuscipula
    I hope you're being ironic by posting this crap as if it is true.
  • Grammar N.
    Is that Lucy in the picture?
  • LL J.
    @Charley I don't think it's a typo, take a look further down the article, twice Mof got his weird grammar did.
  • Ian
    "went to a swanky salon to get her hair did.” Sounds like a slightly stereotypical bastardisation of ebonic slang to me, although with Mof's grammar, you never know.
  • chewbie
    Coon talk
    Iz zis true my man ?
  • Lisa
    Try grammar class because this article is ass.
  • Sledge
    She was getting a hair-do done. But 'hair-do', as a gerundive construction, does not have a past participle, even though it originates from a verb. Inserting a past participle is just a comedic way of pointing out the euphonic inadequacy of the sentence. Look, if you have to explain it, it just ain't funny!
  • zeddy
    You're right. It's not.
  • PJH
    Well since the moderators are, once again, being extremely tardy in approving my previous comment because there was a URL in it, may I suggest that readers (and, perhaps the authors themselves before posting urban legends on BW as news items) search google for "snopes hair weave" and examine the veracity of the story at length before coming to their own conclusion.
  • Unbelievable J.
  • jt
    So the doctor didn't examine her scalp until after prescribing medication, doing blood tests and ordering brain scans? Really? I think something's not quite right here.
  • Jo
    If it was a microscopic type of bacteria/worm that had already burrowed into her skin only a brain scan would show the problem. Theres a really intersting series on this kind of issues called 'monsters inside me' Hair extensions don't come from corpses or dead people despite popular belief. And a batch of hair extensions would usually be a mix of tens/hundreds of peoples hair to ensure the quality is equal for each batch. Hair extensions also go through really chemical heavy cleaning/dying/processing/treatment before they are passed onto salons for installation so its pretty much impossible for hair to arrive with any kind of mite or bacteria. Unless the hair was unprocessed/'virgin' hair cut straight from a head and then installed but i doubt a salon would offer that type as its pretty specialist. And even then the hair would still go through a thorough cleaning process first...i'm inclined to agree with the 'urban legend' comments above. If you like those sort of stories/myths though Snopes might be an interesting read. The disney page I found pretty eye opening on there too...
  • Jo
    Just an afterthought, though I have some hairdresser friends and I have heard from them that the trainee hairdressing mannequin heads they use in cosmetology school (also made with real hair) are sometimes infected with head lice/dead lice eggs. This helps train the students how to deal with/treat clients with head lice. Not quite the same as worms though...
  • Weird A.
    Ted Bundy had the very same problem around his pubic region.

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