Speeding bullet stopped by hair weave

The primary purpose of this blog post is to celebrate the beauty of that headline. There is also purportedly a real news story there. Snip:
Police in Kansas City, Mo., said a woman's tight hair weave stopped a bullet, rescuing her from injury and likely saving her life. Officers said they arrived at the Country View Market at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to find the woman's boyfriend had allegedly shot out the back window of a car, KSHB-TV, Kansas City, reported Thursday.
Speeding bullet stopped by hair weave (UPI, thanks Glen E Friedman!)


  1. I would love to know more about this.

    My thoughts on his are this is most likely passed through more than a few pieces of the car before stopping in her hair or that this was a bad round.

  2. she must have some crazy thick hair. Though it doesn’t seem that unbelievable, isn’t Kevlar used in bulletproof vests to slow and disburse the impact of a bullet?

  3. Government scientists en route to take woman’s hair in for further testing — could be the break they have been looking for in super soldier defensive capabilities.

  4. Is there any proof that the bullet actually struck her hair, rather than impacting something harder, like the car frame, and then bounced back and landed in her hair?

    Point of comparison, if her hair did act like kevlar and the bullet was traveling full speed, then she should have a massive bruise and possible fractures similar to those cause by a sledge hammer.

  5. “Hyneman and Savage, calling Hyneman and Savage. Come in please.”

    Yeah, I’m gonna need some Mythbusters confirmation before I believe this. There’s probably a really pedestrian explanation, like that it had just ripped through her hair weave or it was a ricochette or something. No way just a hair-weave could have stopped a bullet.

  6. That was exactly what I was going to say. Actually, I was going to say “Paging Doctors Hyneman and Savage.” You still stole my thoughts.

  7. I absolutely believe this. Isn’t hair, per volume, stronger than about any (wo)man made fiber? Just based on some personal observations, a .22 cal would have trouble shooting through 2×4 lumber. So I could see a dense arrangement of stronger fibers easily stopping a round. If there was a bed of more loosely bound hair under the weave, it would act like a cushion and keep the pressure off the skull as well. This would be even more likely if it was a stray shotgun pellet.

  8. HAHAHA, this is too funny. I wear hair extensions and tight weaves suck! I got some hair from perfect locks, the hair was nice but the stylist messed up the install… way too tight! It’s like a straight jacket on my head! When I read this I almost died.

  9. Weren’t some ancient forms of armor made of woven hair, like samurai armor or somesuch?
    Or am I thinking of Victorian hair jewelry?

  10. More research needs to be done in order to ascertain the hairstyle which is most effective at stopping a bullet!

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