Mutsa Madonko, who had been growing his dreads for 10 years, was the victim of a hair thief – an increasing criminal trend as the demand for hair extensions is on the up.

The hair-raising criminals weren’t interesting in cash – Madonko’s friend Jasper Munsinwa, who discovered his unfortunate friend shaved bald, told Sowetan Live “When we found him, he still had his cellphone and wallet with all his money inside.”

Women are apparently more vulnerable to hair-crime.

“You are an easy target if you walk around the CBD (Johannesburg’s Central Business District) and your hair is loose. They don’t care about your money or fancy phone. They are only after your hair.” said local stylist Lebo Masimong.