Tanzanian women have reacted with surprise and anger at the news that Finance Minister Philip Mpango is introducing a 25% tax on imported wigs and hair extensions.
Well-known wig importer Annasatasia Sigera told the BBC:
Quote Message: People love artificial hair. Why of all the things that could be taxed did they opt for wigs?"
People love artificial hair. Why of all the things that could be taxed did they opt for wigs?"
She added that the new tax could affect the market because people will start buying cheaper low quality wigs.
One woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the BBC that she currently spends $450 (£360) on her hair extensions. She added:
Quote Message: It's like they're punishing us because women like hair and we like to look good."
It's like they're punishing us because women like hair and we like to look good."
Aristote MwamtobeCopyright: Aristote Mwamtobe
Aristote Mwamtobe, who runs a popular salon in the main city Dar es Salaam, also expressed his anger and thought it could have an affect on people's relationships.
"The 10% tax [for locally-made wigs] and the 25% tax [for imported wigs] is too expensive for our sisters," he said.
"They might cut their hair and then get a divorce as the men are used to seeing their wives with long hair, and then suddenly things change!
"Women look so good with wigs."