Last week I indulged in a rare treat–cruelty-free feather hair extensions! And before you call PETA, I promise they really are cruelty-free. I asked many, many questions. These feathers were either molted naturally or trimmed from a rooster–not plucked–and no birds were killed to obtain them.
Here’s how it works: a stylist attaches the feather to a small piece of your hair with a little plastic bead that’s lined with silicone to keep from breaking or damaging your locks, using a tool that reminded me of those Topsy Turvy tools that were all the rage in the 90s (anyone else remember those?). Then, he or she flattens the bead with a special pair of pliers to hold fast to your hair and the feathers.
I picked out two of the more natural-looking ones, but you can also get them dyed in some really fun colors. You can wash and style them just like your regular hair (they’ll even curl or take to a flat iron). My stylist (at Escape Hair & Skin Studio in Charlotte) said that they can last for up to three months–but you can have them removed or take them out yourself easily.
I’m already contemplating where I might put a few more feathers. Maybe in with my bangs? Would you get feather hair extensions?