Hold onto your hair, because we're excited to present this story from Allure:
We've told you about three different women dubbed "Botox Bandits" for getting the procedure and then running from the doctors' offices before paying. We also reported on a woman who spent $12,000 on lipo and breast implants using a stolen credit card. But the newest beauty crime wave—the reselling of ill-gotten beauty loot—has hit, and the price tag of the stolen goods is even higher.
This week, weave-grabbers broke into a Houston beauty shop, swiping $150,000 worth of hair extensions. "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, California," according to The New York Times. Burglars at a Chicago beauty shop were so hair-focused that they stole $90,000 worth of extensions, yet left the cash register full!
Maybe the strangest thing about these robberies is that the weave thieves really know their stuff: they only make off with human hair, not less expensive synthetic strands. Store owners say these crooks will likely sell the extensions on the street or to less-savvy salons, like knock-off purses or bootleg DVDs.
Would you buy discount extensions from a shady dealer if the price was right?