Sheila Agnew; Is Hair Weave the new Diamond?

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( I’m not kidding and this is no joke. There is a new and often violent crime wave sweeping the country where thieves are robbing beauty supplies and stylist salons for human hair weave and extensions. At least one man has been murdered in Michigan when thieves stole packages of hair valued at $10,000 from his shop. Earlier this week and last month in Atlanta, thieves pulled off smash and grab robberies, each valued at approximately $30,000. The thieves boldly smashed cars into windows of the establishments similar to big diamond heist in movies. Most of the victimized  businesses have video recordings, which helped police find the murderers of Jay Shen in Dearborn, Michigan. Two young people have been sentenced to life in prison.

The popularity of hair weaves and extensions have made the product more desirable by women of all races and walks of life. While hair weave is very often associated with black women, Hollywood’s new elite reality stars have made weave more popular with Caucasian women. The red carpet awards and ceremonies have just as much added hair on the runway as diamonds and pearls. This celebrity status and overall demand has caused the price to raise as much as $200 a package for some quality of hair. As Chris Rock pointed out in his movie, Good Hair, some black women are paying as much as $1000 to get weaves and stylists have adapted a layaway plan to accommodate the demand.

I’m really not so concerned about whom wears weave and what nationality wears it the most. I truly don’t know that much about weave and extensions as I have never worn any. I am more concerned about who is buying the stolen goods and the fact that people’s lives are at risk both physically and financially. I would not support a stylist who purchases these stolen goods because that would be assisting a criminal and no one deserves to be victimized because they are selling a product that is in demand. The more weave crimes that take place, the higher the retail prices will go up to cover the loss. Please keep this in mind if the weave dealer comes knocking at your door, “Got that Hair.”

Staff Writer; Sheila Agnew

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