What the Hair?

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What the Hair?
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(Photo: John Palminteri / KEYT)

By edhat staff

Earlier this week we received several emails about thick braids of hair found all over Santa Barbara. Ed thought this was a joke and decided not to post it. Well, turns out it might not be.

Our friend John Palminteri at KEYT received similar reports and the community shared their encounters with these hair displays.

Currently far our readers have sent in reports of these hair bundles seen near the Mesa Shopping Center, the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy on Carrillo, and San Andres. 

So, what's it for? Perhaps it really is a joke or social commentary. Or maybe there's a wig truck traveling all over town with their tailgate open. It's hard to tell, but locals are very concerned about their owner or owners.

Share your hair sightings in the comment section below.

 

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kxcamera Mar 12, 2019 09:04 AM
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buddy of mine confessed of the 101 paint prank. laughed that it was blamed on someone else.

REX OF SB Mar 11, 2019 03:00 PM
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This wouldn't be the first time that a mysterious public prank was pulled locally. Back in the late 1980s—early '90s when the Crosstown Freeway was completed, there was a section of southbound 101 between the Micheltorena overcrossing and the Castillo offramp that was suddenly covered in large splotches of paint in all different colors. The roadway looked like a huge Jackson Pollock painting. Every day, it seemed there were more colors added. This went on for months and everyone was mystified. Eventually, evidence pointed to a bunch of random SBCC students (who were never identified) who'd drive to that section of freeway at night and throw sealed plastic baggies of paint out their car windows. Other cars would run over the bags, shooting the paint all over the place, kind of like when you stomp a ketchup packet with your boot. It was noteworthy that the paint was localized to the freeway section adjacent to the only two southbound offramps that lead to City College. As with the present hair mystery, locals weren't angry or frightened, just puzzled. I'm sure this, too, shall pass. You know—hair today, gone tomorrow.

Sprigofsage Mar 11, 2019 06:30 PM
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Thanks for the memory, Rex! I hadn't thought of that in a long time! The paint bombs!

ParvoPup Mar 10, 2019 07:18 PM
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Now that our brave City Leaders have banned straws and baggies - let's ask them to take up the ban against discarded hair. My wife's hair clogs the shower drain every week - think what damage these massive locks of destruction could do if one got stuck in a storm drain. BAN THE HAIR NOW!

PurpleBee Mar 11, 2019 12:47 AM
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LOL!!! I hadn't thought about the hair in the sink and shower drains! Ban The Hair Now!

a-1561634131 Mar 10, 2019 07:00 PM
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I agree with PSTARSR It looks like the way donated hair such as locks for love is collected. Maybe someone transporting it lost it?

Sprigofsage Mar 10, 2019 03:54 PM
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All the same? Straight, dark "hair"?

Flicka Mar 10, 2019 11:06 AM
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Horse hair would not be mistaken for human hair. Possibly these are synthetic for hair extensions, or real but not likely horse hair from manes or tails.

a-1561634131 Mar 10, 2019 09:50 AM
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@352.. "Scalping" is a European concept, & not Native practise.. Peawatt.."Toynbee tuft" went right over their heads. Toynbee tiles...

Emmenanthe Mar 10, 2019 09:34 AM
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Please, let's all pick these up and keep them out of the storm drains, which is where they will end up. If they are not human hair or other biodegradable material, they are plastic and will travel out to the ocean where they will potentially harm thousands of fishes and other sea life. This could well be from someone trying to get attention. Like a tagger. Let's just dispose of the trash.

shopgrrll Mar 10, 2019 09:15 AM
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Speaking professionally, I would say these are bundles of hair that would eventually become hair extensions. The give away is the way they are tied. Hair extensions are expensive and human Remy quality hair is valuable. So much so, that salons and wig shops have been robbed for them. I would guess, that this is probably the spoils of such a robbery and they were disposed of all over the Mesa to avoid being caught?

Phantom Blot Mar 10, 2019 08:30 AM
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This is truly a hair raising mystery. Just sayin....

holothuroid Mar 09, 2019 07:38 PM
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It looks like these are hair extensions. They could be synthetic hair or natural, the latter is more expensive.

195930 Mar 09, 2019 07:26 PM
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When my husband mentioned this hair mystery I immediately thought he was referring to some of my observations of several random piles of long, dark, brown hair strewn on Westwood, Sage Hill Rd, and Fellowship Rd, (Alta Mesa) I noticed awhile back on my dog walks. These were not neat, purposefully bundled, uniform hair packages as recently found in the area, but pretty big clumps, that looked like handfuls of long brown hair. The hair looked like human, or possibly horse tail hair. I also thought that it was maybe something naturally falling from trees, or tree bark. I found it odd and noted several clumps over the course of about a month. These observations were made about 2 or 3 months ago. At the time I thought someone did major brush cleaning and threw hair in the garbage and it made it to the street. It looked like long coarse brown hair and was the amount of hefty handfuls.

ParvoPup Mar 09, 2019 05:50 PM
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Maybe someone had enough of their dreadlocks and decided on a new look?

peawatt Mar 09, 2019 04:00 PM
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Toynbee tufts?

a-1561634131 Mar 09, 2019 03:07 PM
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These were not hidden. They were in the middle of the street all the way on Meig's/Carrillo hill about 5ft apart each. They were usually just one not a bunch together. Spread out.

a-1561634131 Mar 09, 2019 02:07 PM
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Hidden Object Games? Treasure Hunt?

a-1561634131 Mar 09, 2019 01:42 PM
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It really did look like they fell out of or off of a car. I thought the girls getting them in the street were picking them up for that reason. Except they were everywhere on Carrillo hill and the Mesa area. I saw the news about them last night and they never mentioned it was human hair, more like horse tails but less coarse. I would love to hear the real story because like someone else stated It is really Creepy!

a-1561634131 Mar 09, 2019 02:14 PM
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To many to be of nefarious origin . If they are human I would tend to think donated vs taken.

a-1561634131 Mar 09, 2019 01:32 PM
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Uhh . . . Creeeeepy.

shorebird Mar 09, 2019 11:38 AM
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They need to take a look at the DNA to see if it’s human.

a-1561634131 Mar 09, 2019 11:00 AM
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Perhaps it's what left of some humans. Drug Cartel message to people getting out of line?

a-1561634131 Mar 09, 2019 10:59 AM
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Looks like a serial killer lost his trophies . ( kidding )

a-1561634131 Mar 09, 2019 10:51 AM
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The casino has adopted a new, yet traditional, method of dealing with scofflaws; albeit not as severe as in previous centuries.

pstarSR Mar 09, 2019 10:31 AM
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what would the police investigate? littering? it looks like how they cut hair for "locks of love" where you donated your hair for wigs for cancer patients.

a-1561634131 Mar 09, 2019 10:29 AM
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Has anyone reported this to police for investigation?

a-1561634131 Mar 09, 2019 01:45 PM
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Police investigate crime. Where is the crime, except in someone's fear mongered imagination?

a-1561634131 Mar 09, 2019 10:29 AM
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There were a dozen or more of them on Meig's Rd heading up to the Mesa. People were running in the street picking them up. Looks too disgusting to me to even touch. I was wondering what was going with these too. All the hair I saw was black and wrapped in rubber bands as if a pony tail was cut off.

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