Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 2:57pm

Beauty supply merchant uses old bank vault to protect pricey human hair extensions.

Electronics, car parts and jewelry are items popular with thieves because they have value and can be quickly resold.

Now it seems things on the steal-and-resell circuit are getting a bit hairy.


There has been a rash of robberies involving human hair.

A Houston salon was recently robbed of hair extensions totaling $150,000, and a beauty supplier in Michigan was actually killed during a robbery.

The problem appears to be nationwide.

A salon in San Diego reported a loss of $10,000.

In Los Angeles Vince Selva of Indo Asian Human Hair stresses that extensions are a big, and expensive, business.

"It's a lot of money because each one of those pieces is like $200," Selva said.

Back in 2009, his shop was robbed twice in the same week.

The robbers actually bored through steel doors before running out as the alarm rang.

In an effort to secure their business - Indo Asian Human Hair moved their shop - to a vault.

They now operate out of an old Washington Mutual Bank Building in Inglewood.

Customers need to have appointments and are buzzed in.

Co-owner Lucky Selva says it is now the "Fort Knox" of hair because when you pay by the ounce "hair is as good as gold."

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