Let’s face it: a great weave does not come from a $20 pack bought at the beauty supply store and it definitely does not cost an additional $20 to sew in. If you’re trying to get a voluminous look like the one to the right, you will be spending your hard-earned money and a lot of it. We all saw Good Hair and through it, we learned that the weave business is bigger than we ever imagined. It makes sense that extensions are more popular than ever.

This popularity has reached its pinnacle, even garnering an article in the New York Times, but there is nothing positive about the latest development in the weave business. The article profiled the alarming number of thefts occurring at black hair salons all across the country. The covetable items being stolen? Human hair, Remy specifically.

Allegedly, thieves give synthetic hair the once over and pass it by along with valuables including cash registers, stereo systems, televisions and much more. This isn’t a total surprise as Remy is the most expensive kind of hair and the best-looking, thus insuring a good sale for this new gang of weave wielders.

Cities all across the nation have experienced these type of thefts from Houston to San Leandro. One beauty shop supplier was killed in Michigan due to this heinous type of crime. Another case occurred in which a 16 year-old girl used pepper spray on a clerk to run away with her hair extensions without paying for them. In other salons, an upwards of $90,000 worth of Remy hair has been stolen.

“It’s sort of a sign of the times. Folks are being entrepreneurial, and weaves and hair extensions are expensive, so it’s not surprising that people sell hair the way they sell things on Canal Street, like knock-off purses,” said Dr. Neal Lester, an English professor at Arizona State University. With the advent of weave theft, the phrase “snatching weaves” has taken on a new and dangerous meaning.

What do you think of this recent uptick in crime due to stolen human hair? Should we reconsider our hair choices in order to avoid violence? Did you ever think it would come to this?

-Faith Cummings

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  • Fox

    I NEVER thought it would come to this. It’s bad enough black folks probably buy most of the weave but profit the least from all this money changing hands. If more women used weaves in moderation instead of like it’s the only hair they have, then maybe we wouldn’t have this problem. This “Remy” hair has been elevated as if it was cut from God’s head or something. This is ridiculous that hair is THAT serious and expensive.

  • Bronze

    God growing Remy weaves would be a blessing LMAO….Damn that is funny!

    I agree with Fox. If you would have told me this 10 years ago I would have thought you were practicing for stand-up comedy. But I always wondered why wig stores always had tight and I mean tight security around weaves. Sometimes I felt like I was walking into a dope house (not that I ever walked into a dope house but I can imagine) Wow!

    Since I’m wearing wigs I’m totally oblivious to the weave wearers worries.

    I wish we were as zealous with getting our own global African magazine that would blow Vouge out the box.

  • http://www.twitter.com/arosenbklyn ARosenBklyn

    I can’t quite put my finger on why, but this is one of the most embarrassing stories I’ve read in a while.

  • Vee

    This is disgusting–and embarrassing. God Help Us…not that its ever ok to steal: but something is wrong when people ignore cash to steal hair. HAIR!!!! Lord Have Mercy…

  • http://www.beautythesis.net Tamara

    I personally find it disturbing and pathetic.

    I suppose it really highlights what is really valued by too many, which is even more disappointing.

  • Missy

    This is ashame..Good Morning America had this as a story..People we have to get and do better

  • greyeyedgirl

    you’d be surprised as to how many WHITE WOMEN wear this stuff, stop trying to make this out to be a black woman thing, it isn’t!