Posted on May 19, 2011

Costly Hairstyle Is a Beauty Trend That Draws Thieves’ Notice

Timothy Williams, New York Times, May 16, 2011

The thieves {snip} did not give the safe or cash register a second look.

Instead they went straight for what was most valuable: human hair. By the time the bandits at the My Trendy Place salon in Houston were finished, they had stolen $150,000 worth of the shop’s most prized type, used for silky extensions.

The break-in was part of a recent trend of thefts, {snip}.


The most expensive hair type–and the one in highest demand by thieves and paying customers alike–is remy hair, which unlike most other varieties is sold with its outermost cuticle layer intact. This allows it to look more natural and to last longer without tangling. Remy hair from Indian women is the most popular.

But remy hair extensions can cost as much as $200 per package and the average person requires at least two packages. {snip}


Not long ago, hip-hop songs and black comedians belittled women who wore extensions and weaves. No longer. {snip}