The Latest Beauty Crime: Stolen Hair

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Banks and jewelry stores seem like an obvious target for thieves, but it’s hair salons and beauty supply stores that are being warned to increase their security. These stores and salons are being robbed of their wigs, extensions and weaves made of expensive hair that is imported from other countries.

Hair is a hot commodity for thieves since consumers are willing to pay hundreds of dollars per bundle in an effort to resemble stars’ long locks, like Kim Kardashian. One store in Chicago reports that they were robbed of more than $70,000 worth of human hair. Cities such as Atlanta, Detroit, San Diego and Houston have experienced their share of hair crimes as well. According to several reports, illicit hair markets are even popping up around the country and salon owners have reported random vendors trying to sell them hair.

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