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“You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair.” — Chinese Proverb
A woman’s weave acted like a bullet-proof helmet, shielding her from deadly harm and saving her life. She survived the attack with only a headache.
Fox News reports:
KANSAS CITY, MO – Briana Bonds literally came within a hair’s breadth
of dying late Wednesday night after her tightly-woven wig somehow
stopped a speeding bullet.
Bonds, 20, was in her car in a convenience store parking lot when a man
flagged her down and told her that her ex-boyfriend still loved her.
She replied, “Well I don’t love him,” then Banks says she heard
gunshots as her ex-boyfriend, Juan Kemp, allegedly opened fire from
behind the second vehicle.
“They was going past me, zoom, zoom and the window was shattering,”
said Bonds. “Oh Lord! I am alive! Am I dead? What’s going on? I’m not
even 21 yet!”
Bonds said that her head snapped forward a little when the bullet hit
her, and that there was a small amount of blood, but that she never
“In the back of my head, it was like bam!” said Bonds. “That’s how it felt. It was hot, you could feel it.”
Bonds sped away from the store to another parking lot where she called
police, who found the 40-caliber slug tangled in her hair. Police say
that her weave prevented it from penetrating her skull.
“One of (the bullets) hit the back of my head. Luckily, it didn’t go
through because the back of my wig,” said Bonds. “My wig had stopped
it. It was hanging in my hair. It was about this small scrunched up.”
“I’ve been wearing it for years. I’ve invested a lot of money into this
weave,” said Bonds. “It saved my life. It saved my life.”
Police arrested both Kemp and the other man in the car, and the pair
now face charges for the shooting incident in Jackson County Court.
Pisanello, Luxuria, fifteenth century
From royalty to courtesans
Wigs and weaves have been worn throughout history by men and women as varied as kings and queens, actors, geishas, barristers, and bishops. Wigs have even been worn on the genitals (they are known as a merkin when worn so.)
At various times powdered, pampered, shellacked and pomaded, wigs can be costly and high maintenance. I’m sure Ms. Bonds feels hers is worth its weight in gold.