A WOMAN has been arrested after attempting to smuggle 360 grams of cocaine in her hair through Dubai International Airport, The National reported.

Police told the newspaper yesterday that the 25-year-old African woman was arrested in early April, after airport officials became curious about her suspiciously large hairdo.

The woman, who name and nationality were not disclosed, reportedly told officials that the hairstyle was so large because of the type of glue she used to fix her hair extensions.

But when officers looked at her hair more closely, they found plastic bags containing the drugs had been taped to it.

Police say the woman confessed she had accepted money from a friend to smuggle the cocaine from Argentina to Johannesburg.