“They’re climbing in your windows, snatching your weaves up…” Antoine Dodson should really consider doing a remix to that song.
In a recent burglary report, instead of taking the contents of a safe or going for the cash register, they went straight for what was most valuable: human hair. They had stolen $150,000 worth of the shop’s most prized type, used for silky extensions.
What’s even more shocking is during the past two months alone, robbers in search of human hair have killed a beauty shop supplier in Michigan and resold the hair making tens of thousands of dollars at a time.
The high demand is not just for any type of hair, it’s for the most expensive hair, remy hair. It looks more natural and lasts longer without tangling. Remy hair from Indian women is the most popular. Remy hair extensions can cost as much as $200 per package and the average person requires at least two packages. Hundreds of dollars more, and at times thousands, are spent at hair salons to have the extensions attached, often by sewing.
Police have reported that in addition to the $150,000 Houston robbery this month, thieves have recently taken $10,000 in hair from a San Diego shop; $85,000 from a business in Missouri City, Tex.; $10,000 from a shop in Dearborn, Mich.; and $60,000 from a business in San Leandro, Calif.
So ladies, keep your wallets close…but keep your weave closer.