Beauty supply store owners across the country are being hit by thieves. Not only are they robbing the cash registers, but they’re also stealing thousands of dollars worth of hair and selling it on the “black market”.
In a recent CNN Money report, major cities like Philadelphia and Chicago have seen a rise in hair weave thefts. Just last week, a Chicago salon was robbed and thieves got away with 10 packs of Remy hair extensions, worth a $100 apiece.
The remy hair frenzy is not without merit: They’re the highest grade of real, human hair on the market, because the cuticles are kept intact and not stripped. This means they look natural and stay shiny, soft and tangle-free.
But the silky locks, which are often sewn in at salons, come at a high price. The average person uses two packs each time and the hair needs to be replaced every three to six months. This works out to hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars each year.
In the last eight months alone, there have been two similar beauty supply store burglaries in Chicago, according to police officer Jose Estrada.
Meanwhile, last year, robbers made away with a reported $230,000 worth of extensions from the 35th Street Beauty Supply store in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. A year earlier, thieves bypassed Beauty One’s register and beelined straight for the remy packs, taking $80,000 of the product.
Yoonjin Han, who works at Beauty One, said she hears these heists happen even more often — at least once a month.
But if you think having a store being robbed is bad, in India and Brazil, women are warned not to wear their hair down in movie theaters and in public places because robbers are literally carrying scissors and cutting hair off of their victims.
When you think you’ve heard it all, there’s always something new.