A Nigerian lady have made a shocking revelation that barbers enquire for a letter of consent from a woman’s partner or male relative before they agree to cut her hair.

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The lady with twitter handle @eketiette said the practice began when a soldier arrested everyone in the barber’s saloon after his wife got a haircut without his permission.

Her tweet reads,

Man strolls into barbershop. Gets haircut, pays 1,500 naira, leaves.

Woman strolls into barbershop, is asked to pay 2,500 naira for same haircut, plus present letter of consent from husband or boyfriend.

In Uyo, I was told the practice of asking for a letter of consent began when a soldier arrested everyone in the barbershop where his wife had her haircut.

The request for a letter/note also happens in Enugu and some parts Lagos. I don’t know the reason(s) though.

Other twitter users have confirmed that it is a common practice in some parts of the country.

See some of the reactions below,

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