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After a night of clubbing, Atasha Graham collapsed but it wasn’t because the 34-year-old was partying too hard. She went into anaphylactic shock which, according to the Southwark Coroner’s Court in London, was caused by an allergic reaction to the latex glue used to bond her hair extensions to her head.
After being rushed to the hospital, Atasha never regained consciousness, and died there. After checking her organs and ruling out any alcohol or substance abuse, Home Office pathologist Doctor Michael Heath examined the glue on one of the hair pieces she was wearing. Although allergic reactions to latex typically occur within 30 minutes of contact, Dr. Health said if Atasha was sweating in the club, the perspiration may have caused the latex to enter her bloodstream.
What’s odd is that this was far from Atasha’s first time wearing extensions. She had been wearing weave since the age of 20, which makes doctors even more curious about her mysterious death. Still, they are sure it was caused by anaphylactic shock.
“The diagnosis is correct, but I am not sure what triggered it,” Dr. Heath said.
“If she had recovered we could have carried out tests, but the situation we have, tragically, we cannot take it any further.”
Dr. Heath added that he’s seen increasingly more cases of people going to anaphylactic shock as a result of the hair glues used to apply extensions, which means everyone should be more careful about what substances they’re putting in their hair.
“There are about 10 to 20 deaths a year in this country, many more in America. I have seen four in the last three months.”
That’s definitely a terrible way to go.
Do you use hair glue to attach hair extensions when you wear weave? Have you ever had an allergic reaction?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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