Outrage over Tanzania's 'dry hair' import tax

In Africa, the huge "dry hair" market of weaves, extensions and wigs is worth billions. But now, Tanzania's government has announced a 25% "dry hair" import tax. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Tanzania's government has announced a 25-percent "dry hair" import tax, which has sparked outrage among women and business people in the country.

A 10% tax on products, including wigs, weaves and hair extensions, made locally has also been added, in an effort to increase government revenue.

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Those involved in the production line including hairdressers and clientele say the new tax will be devastating for business.

Tanzania is East Africa's third-largest economy and it's hungry for funds, which is due to heavy investment in public infrastructure projects.