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Thieves look to cash in on expensive hair extensions

Actress Gabrielle Union says wearing quality hair extensions have helped her to grow out her long, thick natural hair.
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In this image-conscious society, many women resort to hair extensions to achieve beautiful hair, and unfortunately hair thieves are cashing in on the action as well.

In the booming billion dollar industry, women are willing to pay into the thousands for high-end hair extensions, and hair thieves are well aware of this.

Headlines often show thieves smashing storefronts, bypassing the register, and heading straight for the bags of hair because of its high value.

According to a 2013 study by the Professional Beauty Association, the number of salons offering extensions has jumped 28.5 percent, and when celebrities advocate for hair extensions, it encourages even more women jump on the bandwagon.

Actress Gabrielle Union often praises hair extensions, but she advises fans to use "quality hair."

The 41-year old star of the hit television show, Being Mary Jane, says wearing hair extensions actually helped her to achieve long, thick and healthy locs.

She posted an Instagram photo for her over 1 million followers that showed her real hair, and she offered encouraging hair advice along with it.

“Ladies... You can achieve hair growth... With a weave! This is allllll mine, no clips, no extensions, hadn't even been pressed...And it got this healthy thick length from responsibly wearing weaves. #weaveandflowletitgrow.”

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