In recent months, there’s been a rise in burglaries at hair salons catering to African American clientele. But thieves aren’t stealing money or expensive equipment — they’re taking hair extensions, specifically silky, expensive human hair that clients pay top dollar for. At the My Trendy Place salon in Houston, Texas, thieves made off with more than $150,000 worth of the stuff. Another $10,000 in hair was stolen from a San Diego shop, $85,000 from a business in Missouri City, Texas, and $60,000 from a salon in San Leandro, California. In most cases, the thieves overlooked the cheap synthetic hair the salons carried and went straight for the real stuff.
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Forget everything you thought you knew about Balmain. The luxury design house, which is well known for their sexy creations by Christophe Decarnin, has officially launched into the beauty world, and now boasts hair extensions!? Already Sarah Jessica Parker, Demi Moore, Madonna, Rihanna, and Beyonce are fans of the Balmain “Doublehair” extension system. But these are hardly the cheap options you’d find in drug stores … these are designer hair extensions. They’re made of 100% human-hair, require only 35 minute to, uh, install, are reusable up to three times, and include a six month quality guarantee. Each piece will set you back $18.60-$29.85, depending on the length. Good news for those based in NYC: you can head to the Francky L’Official salon on the Upper East Side for your own designer set of hair. [Balmain via Racked] Keep reading »
“The Tyra Show” came back for its fifth season yesterday! Perez Hilton (barf) stopped by as the first guest. But the main event was Tyra Banks, who is usually weaved to within an inch of her life, hosting the whole show with her natural hair.
Unforch, Tyra’s real hair is anticlimactic—i.e. she’s not bald. Underneath those weaves and extensions she sashays down the red carpet in, she has regular, boring, shoulder-length brown hair. On yesterday’s show, though, she may have straightened it or had a relaxer in it or something, because it was not kinky in the slightest—which kind of defeats the purpose of her saying “It’s my real hair!” Doesn’t it?
Anyway, during the show, her hairstylist, Oscar, blow-dried and curled her natural ‘do, while she chatted with three women who have some serious issues about their real hair. One of her guests was a biracial woman whose white mom didn’t want people to know she had a black father. This evil mom shaved her daughter’s hair off as a kid because she didn’t want a “nappy-headed baby.” Keep reading »