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Feather Extensions in Hair: The New Trend in Hair Fashion

Updated on February 24, 2013

What was once a novelty sold at craft fairs, farmer’s markets, and concerts quickly took off in 2010 to become the hottest fashion trend for the average working women and celebrities alike. The rise in popularity of feather extensions in hair is likely because they are an inexpensive and simple way to add some flair to your hair.

Types of Feather Extensions

You have several options for adding feather extensions in hair, both in the type of feather and how to attach the feathers. Most feather extensions are made of the male rooster’s tail plum feathers, the same feathers used in fishing lures. The feathers can be natural or dyed any color. If you want something a little flashier, peacock hair extensions are also available.

For attaching the feathers, the quickest and least permanent method is the clip. You can find feathers attached to a fancy clip or neutral clip. The fashionable clips with feathers are designed to attach where all can see the clip and feathers. The neutral clips are meant to be attached under some hair, so only the feathers play peek-a-boo in your hair, but the clip itself is hidden.

For semi-permanent feather extensions, the feather is attached to a small section of hair as close to your roots as possible. This is done by threading the feathers and hair through a small bead size clip and then crimping the clip with pliers.

Care of Feather Extensions in Hair

For feathers attached to the hair, you care for them the same as your hair. They remain in the hair for up to two months before falling out. You can wash them and even style your hair and feathers with a blow dryer or curling iron as you normally would. However, you should know that heat and styling products used on the feather will damage the feather structure quicker. This could make the feather look frayed and broken long before it falls out. Also, be gentle when combing or brushing your hair with feather extensions in. Hard pulls can pull the feather out.

Where to Get Feather Extensions in Hair

You can get feather extension by buying them directly from a beauty supply store, at a salon, or at online feather extension specialty retailers. Feather hair extension prices will vary depending on where you purchase them and have them installed. If you feel comfortable attaching the feathers yourself, you can save some money buying them online. Packages of about 4 to 6 rooster feathers and 3 to 5 clips will cost about $20 to $25. If you buy from a salon and have a stylist install a single strand of feathers, it will cost you about $10 to $15.

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