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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Luann De Lesseps of “The Real Housewives of New York City” has abandoned her brunette cropped look for blond extensions, transforming her into Danielle Staub, formerly of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Maybe Luann is thinking of taking up residence across the Hudson River? Keep reading »
Regular hair extensions are so 2010. Step into the future of hair extensions with colorful feather-y extensions from Wendy Nichols. We’re not saying we’d wear these every day–to the grocery store or the post office, per se–but Nichols’ colorful extensions are perfect for a night out. [Refinery 29] Keep reading »
If you have hair extensions made from real hair, you’ve probably wondered where they came from and whose head they once belonged to. The New York Times investigated the hair extension business, and the atmosphere sounds to us like the making of a James Bond-like conspiracy movie. The reporter goes behind the scenes at one company in Russia, which is a huge producer of the product because of the higher availability of blond locks (which are more profitable). Keep reading »
In Paris Hilton‘s world, it is a crime to leave home without your hair extensions. Ms. Hilton has been slapped with a $3.5 million lawsuit by Hairtech International for neglecting to meet her obligations to promote their Dream Catcher Hair Extensions. Amazing name, by the way. Keep reading »
Sure, great hair is priceless. Just ask any of the celebs named in our “Top 10 Best Heads of Hair in Hollywood” roundup. That said, you’d be hard-pressed to find a star that ponies up this much for mane maintenance. New Yorker Brandi Irwin, 28, has some very interesting financial priorities. The “former-model-turned-foot-model and photographer” spends $10,000 on her long extensions three times a year, plus cuts, color and blowouts. Apparently, her parents made some pretty sweet stock market investments back in the day and now she is determined to use that money wisely. (Also, favorite detail of this story: she has the word “Posh” tattooed all punk rock-style on her knuckles. Amazing!) But Brandi is not alone, oh no. Makeup artist Kate Bazazian cops to getting the fancy extensions (made by a company called Great Lengths), and uses a combination of her savings and credit cards to finance her fix. Another woman spoke on condition of anonymity–after all, she didn’t want to seem, like, high-maintenance or anything: “Don’t get me wrong — I have to budget. But I think it’s a plausible investment that I don’t mind making.” Totally. Normal. [NY Post] Keep reading »