Trend trial: feather hair extensions

Each season, new trends seem to spread like a virus — the sea of Canada Goose Jackets, crop tops and gladiator sandals across. This summer, everyone seemed to be trying out feather hair extensions. Most people I talk to either love or hate the trend with a passion.

Some thought the look was edgy and different, while others thought it was silly to spend money and time to put feathers in their hair.

Still undecided myself and curious about the hype, I tried a Do-it-Yourself approach. This seemed popular among other price-conscious followers of the trend.

There seemed to be such a variety of feathers to choose from, from fluorescent pink and peacock green to more neutral browns. I finally decided on some skinny black and white Rooster saddle feathers from online store Etsy; I figured they would be natural enough to blend in with my brown hair. According to the website, Rooster saddle feathers could be washed, heat-styled and last up to at least a few months.

Materials:

• Rooster saddle feathers (Etsy online store, $12 for five)

• Crimp beads (Michael’s, $4)

• Wire (Michael’s, $4)

• Pliers

The process:

• Section off a piece of hair that the feather will attach to.

• Wrap the wire around the piece of hair and thread through the crimp bead.

• Take the end of the feather and thread it through the crimp bead.

• With the pliers, clamp the crimp bead shut

The verdict:

The DIY version was much cheaper than getting it done at a salon (I found the process priced at around $40.00).

The materials weren’t hard to find, although having to order feathers online took about 10 days. The feathers themselves were good quality and were able to be washed, blow-dried, straightened and curled. I also didn’t feel ridiculous wearing them because they blended fairly well into my hair when I wanted them to (I don’t quite think I could pull off bright pink). I was also proud at my ability to save money and successfully put the extensions in myself. It’s worth trying out.

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