Hawking Your Hair
Darling, your locks are worth a million. It may sound strange, but people are actually making decent money by selling the strands right off their pretty little heads.
Sites like TheHairTrader.com specialize in online hair sales. Anyone can post a listing for free, then potential hair-buyers -- a title I'm guessing folks don't proudly display on their business cards -- bid on the soon-to-be-chopped tresses. (Most use the hair for wigs, extensions, and dolls.) An average bundle brings in around $500, while the really impressive manes go for thousands.
The site's current sales record? A healthy $3,600 for 27 inches of "thick, gorgeously long, body-filled" hair. Geez...Vidal himself couldn't write a better description.
It wasn't just length or body that made the $3,600 hair so special, though: According to its former owner, the fibers had never been dyed, permed, or mechanically dried. That's what people in the biz call "virgin hair" -- yes, seriously -- and hair-buyers are willing to pay a pretty penny for it.
Jamie Benzies is a proud hair virgin who's hoping to cash in. His 15-inches of curls are described on the site as "beautiful and thick tawny brown."
While Benzies says he's gotten a fair amount of spammy responses to his ad, he's also attracted some genuine interest -- and he's optimistic he'll end up walking away with his wallet well-filled.
"I'm effectively making money for something that I was otherwise going to throw away," Benzies says.