It started years ago, with criminals brazenly cutting off people’s dreadlocks. They’d always catch their victims in the CBD or on busy streets or near taxi ranks.

In recent years, it has evolved into weave snatching and it’s on the rise. Fitness guru Sbahle Mpisane is one of the most recent victims of this kind of theft, with Brian Dube – the man who helped extinguish a fire that had caught alight in her car following an accident – relaying how a woman who had witnessed the accident snatched the wig off her head as she lay barely breathing and fighting for her life.

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Depending on the type of hair, the quality, length and whether it’s virgin or synthetic hair, a weave can start from a couple of hundred rand, but easily run right up to R20 000.

While most insurance companies cover the theft of hair, often this is restricted to business insurance only where the theft of a weave or hairpiece would constitute theft of stock.

King Price was the only firm that Business Report found to offer cover for wigs and weaves through personal insurance.

“For personal insurance portable possessions, wigs and weaves are covered under our portable possessions insurance cover,” King Price’s Cathy Nolan was quoted saying.

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“If a client’s wig or weave is valued under R2 000, it would fall under unspecified portable possessions cover, which means the client doesn’t need to let us know exactly what the sum insured that they chose, includes. If the value is over R2 000, the client would have to specify the items.”

Well, there you have it, ladies. The questions remains, would you insure your weave?