Maggot Infested Weaves From Corpses?

hair weave extensionsThis sounds like something straight out of a horror story book and with today being Halloween you would imagine that it is a crank tale but alas it is reported as true.

Let me give you a moment while you read an excerpt from the below article found on ireporterstv:

Nairobi, Kenya: Irene Myangoh, a personal assistant working at a law firm in Nairobi went to an up market hair salon along Kenyatta Avenue, and spent more than N5, 500 on a human hair weave. Two weeks later she started suffering from severe headache that would not go away. She would wake up with severe headache at night. She went to a private doctor who gave her drugs for the relief of mild to moderate pain of inflammatory origin with or without fever; they would only work for a few hours and then the headache would be back worse than even before.

Desperate, she went to see a specialist who did blood tests and even a brain scan. All the tests were negative but the headache persisted, making her unable to concentrate at work and sleeping very poorly. She went back to her doctor who decided to examine her scalp and under the beautiful weave he found worms!

The worms were burrowing into her skull and after sending the samples to the lab they found that the hair had eggs from which the worms had hatched. The doctor told her that the hair was probably from a corpse because those worms are usually found on dead bodies.

Irene had to take antibiotics and shave her head after this traumatic event. The manager of the salon where Irene got the hair is said to be shocked that this happened as she imports the weaves from the UK, USA and India.

Although the manager didn’t want to be named, she has promised to follow up and compensate the woman in question on the matter.

The story goes on…

Elsewhere, 16-year-old girl from Buruburu, a Nairobi surburb, also suffered the same fate but unfortunately for her she died. Cobweb eggs were found in her hair after she died. There was a profound cobweb design in her weaved hair. She dropped dead after constant headaches. The root cause? The weave had unnoticed spider eggs. The warmth produced after weaving provided a very conducive environment for the eggs to hatch. A spider grew in her scalp and bit her. The poison found its way to her blood. She could not survive the attack.

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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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  • Try and break a woman from her weave. Maggots, roaches, rats. Not gone happen. Lol

    • Exactly. This will go down as another urban legend.

    • Thank God- I’ve never worn weave- dont need it- but for those that do- please be careful

      • Valerie

        @ Angela West. I don’t wear a weave either!!! And YES they do use hair from corpses, as well as from people in poorer countries that cut off their hair and sell it for profit and/or religious religions. Now the thought of wearing someone else’s hair on head???? Gross!! BTW a friend of mine works for a salon that does weaves and I know for a FACT that they some of the hair is from corpses. When she told me and showed me the hair, I almost puked!!! She also said that people are so desperate to have long hair, that they will pay for anything and they are cleaning up $$$$$. She also told me that one of the manufacturers let them know in advance, about the corpse’s hair, due to the proper maintenance of it prior to selling it to some unsuspecting buyer/wearer.

    • Misconception. Just because a woman wears a weave doesn’t mean she “needs” it. I have a lot of hair, thick, long some would call “good hair” but I’ll still wear a weave in a minute.

      • Leticia

        We’ll pray for you and the soul of the corpse the weave came from.

        • estere

          You re amazing xD

  • Ugh :(

  • Faux hair is in again

  • that is insanely scary af

  • even if no bugs. . . The hair may be from a corpse!
    to that I say no!

  • Don’t wear F*****G FAKE HAIR and Newsflash! You won’t get worms and s**t in your head. Not rocket science ladies.

  • See thats why I will stick with my model model synthetic 9.99 that aint real and it blends well with my natural hair.

  • Love my weave am addicted!

    • Leticia

      Are you also in love with the person who’s head it came from?

  • Do your research, buy from a reputable dealer and you should be fine.

    • Valerie

      Not necessarily. It’s not about dignity – it’s about the cash!

  • Omg…shocking. I just removed my very first sewin last nite. Jaw dropping.

  • LOOL I first saw this crap on csi miami thats why me wear synthetic and not human

  • Corpse? I knew it!

  • Tonya B., you’re right! People gonna start doing RAID treatments at the salon, but they still gon’ sew that hair on! :^)

    • Leticia

      How do you spell S-T-U-P-I-D?

  • Yes. I. Am! Lmbo

  • Its a hoax/false story. Its still safe to buy weave, lol!

  • Wow!!!

  • Yup will not go without my 27 piece! And my real hair is down my back!

  • You must do research. I’m a Retailer of Virgin hair. I Skype with my manufacture company when choosing my hair to sell. Once received its then taken thru a complete cleansing process before sold. You should make sure when purchasing hair that they have a process. What I’ve just read is scary and that’s why I do what I do.

  • I dont wear weaves

  • Never have. Never will.

  • Wow! I knew it had to be something about buying that hair from India, and china. It’s to real to be

  • Article source??

  • This story is a hoax.

  • this is a fake story.

  • Do all the research you want but this is a billion dollar business! Greed will cause people to lie up the wazoo to keep making money off those of you who want instant gratification! ( long hair over night).
    My sister died with hair her natural hair down to her elbow. Before her funeral it was mysteriously gone! I knew something was wrong right at that moment! No chemo….people will get that hair by any means necessary! !

  • Wow. Other than the synthetic hair to get my hair braided I never wore weaves (on the track) & after that I know I won’t start either

  • IDK if this is a real story or not. But anyone paying virgin hair prices surely inspects their hair upon receipt. If there are bugs, surely you will see them while you are co-washing and sealing your wefts.

  • The article was a lie!!

    Origins: This sorrowful tale about a hair weave that led to its wearer’s scalp being attacked by worms began circulating on the Internet in early September 2010. We’ve so far picked up four versions (the most recent an October 2013 report on, each changing the name of the woman said to have received the contaminated weave, the city she works in, and/or the location of the hair salon, but otherwise leaving the text of the tale largely untouched:

    Krystal, is a PA working in a Laywer’s office in Windhoek. Two months ago she went to an upmarket hair salon on Independence avenue and spent well over $1500 for a Brazilian weave.

    My friend Laimi, is a PA working in a Laywer’s office in Windhoek. Two months ago she went to an upmarket hair salon on Independence avenue and spent well over $1500 for a Brazilian weave.

    My friend Irene, is a PA working in a Lawyer’s office in Westlands. Two months ago she went to an upmarket hair salon on Kenyatta avenue and spent well over 1500 for a weave.

    Irene Myangoh, a personal assistant working at a law firm in Nairobi went to an upmarket hair salon along Kenyatta Avenue, and spent more than N5,500 on a human hair weave.


    • Yes, Emily said in the article that the details of the story seemed sketchy questioning the validity. Smh

    • It is my opinion that this is not helpful in the movement of self love and making healthy hair decisions! Let’s continue to uplift each other and empower with honest and accurate displays of such.

  • I wear weaves, but only synthetic… that is a scary story. I don’t even like seeing spiders, let alone having them in my hair. Yikes. Obviously, not all brazilian, peruvian, indian hair etc are from corpses, but damn!!!

  • Nothing that a mice bleach soak can’t fix. Your supposed to wash it and stuff before you install it anyway.

    • Donnetta57

      Not true. Larvae (eggs) that tiny do not simply wash out. Once hatched they become a part of the fake hair. They’re so small the human eye cannot even see it. Please stop encouraging folks while accelerating the problem. And encourage them to be healthier and more proud of who they are. Think about it if you have to do all that (simply to wear something fake anyway) is it really worth it? I think there’s lot of immaturity, ignorance and stubbornness going around.

  • Maggots would make the scalp itch & feel squirmy which would lead 2 believing that the person has dandruff which would lead 2 looking in the mirror & pulling the weave aprt or scratching which would kead 2 maggots on the fingertips. It wouldn’t have taken several visits 2 the doctor 2 discover maggots burrowing in a person’s scalp. It wouldn’t have just been headaches jumpn off.

  • Ive never had a weave but after this story I dont think I will be trying one anytime soon.

  • OMG! I’ve worn a weave maybe twice in my life! And this mess just sealed th deal for me! No thanks, glad I never got hooked. An for those that do wear a weave, beware! DAAAAAANG!!!!

  • add me please

  • Unbeweavable.

  • I dont wear weaves. Dont get the hype but to each her own.

  • This is supposed to be black hair info not unverified story info? Why would you pass this hoax on without verifying source? This has been passed around for a few years..several people have already posted the snopes info. I just hope people don’t continue to pass it on..common sense no matter what you put on your head you inspect it first….don’t be naive smh

    • I’m pretty sure we’ve covered that by calling the source sketchy within the article text and you will notice that the headline has a question mark to show that it’s not being presented as fact, far from it. But the idea is interesting/gross enough not to keep to ourselves. Much like the silly story of lacefronts causing these huge wounds on the forehead. Untrue? Very likely but fascinating anyway.

  • Lie or truth, maggots are not going to feed on me while I’m alive. Yuck!

  • I thought you might find the following article from interesting:

  • Gross!!!

  • Yuck!

  • This story may not be true but if you think about it. You sew or glue this weave into your hair, you wash your hair and think you totally dry it however the hair not reached is left to mildew and that is why when you change your weaves you hair smells bad and in most cases are wet, breeding ground for all kinds of issues. Ladies God gave you the type of hair you were born with. STOP THE ASSIMILATION and work with the beautiful hair God gave you and be proud of it. I LOVE MY SISTERS NATURAL HAIR. There is an excellent style for your hair that will enhance your naturally beautiful hair.

  • What!!!

  • Thats not true dont push your so called facts on me….real human hair…..some women aren’t comfy with their own hair please with the natural is better bullcrap.

    • Melanie

      Fake hair, fake hair color, fake eye color, fake boobs, fake a$$, fake nails, What Next? Did I miss anything? Why don’t you like yourselves? Is it that you’re too brainwashed by the media or you don’t feel attractive or what? I think it’s ok to enhance your looks, but don’t forget about what you already have. Putting a Band-Aid on a scar won’t heal it, only cover it up and the scar is still there without oxygen. The best way to heal a scar is to let it breathe. Anyway, quit with all of the lies about weaves being protective styles. What are you protecting? And now maggots, corpses? When will you ever learn? It seems like a lot of people are brain-dead!

  • I actually like the diversity but this should for warn people to clean the hair themselves prior to attaching it with a chemical that kills these eggs to be on the SAFE side!

  • Those maggots and spider eggs could have come from anywhere. What were the hygienic practices of the shop with bundled hair. Did the shop owner put the hair on the dead to pray over the hair for the success of her business? People in these 3rd world countries believe in some crazy stuff. The hair had to have had an odor or some tell tale sign that it wasn’t clean or properly treated hair to begin with.

    • Jamie

      You are right that they could have come from anywhere. But they could have also come from the weave. The bacteria and eggs were probably too tiny to detect with the human eye, thus there was no smell or scent either. Regardless of the hygienic practices, it wouldn’t have mattered if the eggs were already in the weave. Who knows how/if it really occurred, but I wouldn’t doubt it at all.

  • I’m so sick of seeing this “story” tall tale floating around FB please people do your research before spreading things that aren’t true! Use your own brain… And investigate on your own. Just because its online or on FB does not make it truth or fact!

  • no weave for me

  • Yuck