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I guess I’m a little behind on the trends because I had no idea how popular feather extensions were until I read this article in the Seattle Times about the sudden run on fly-fishing stores in rural towns around the country for the coveted new hair accessory. Blame it on Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler who has been seen sporting the look on the job as an American Idol judge, and Ke$ha – whose style is questionable to say the least, but she seems to hold a significant amount of sway amongst the fickle tween demographic.

Rooster saddle feathers are currently the foul/fowl accessory of choice and the demand has caused the price to soar from the $60/package you would normally see at fly shops to somewhere between $200 and $400! Hmm…rent or poultry hair accessories – life is full of tough decisions.


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    Sep 14, 2011, 10.58 PMby MissJoBananas

    Is it just me or do feathered hair extensions remind anyone else of Dog the Bounty Hunter?

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    Jun 22, 2011, 07.21 PMby agirlnamedflo

    I can not wear this fad even if I wanted to. I have an afro so I will stick to synthetic feather earrings:)

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    Jun 11, 2011, 03.36 AMby woodviolet

    Killing the roosters to get these does seem a waste. I go to the state fair each year with a satchel and collect all the fancy feathers that fall to the floor of the poultry barn. You have to watch out for chicken doobers, but I always find some naffy ones

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    Jun 11, 2011, 02.54 AMby nouvellegamine

    i wouldn’t wear these simply bc the chickens are killed after their feathers are harvested. it’s really lame & unnecessary.

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    Jun 10, 2011, 12.41 PMby lucelu

    I think hat with feathers are more stylish.

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    Jun 9, 2011, 11.13 PMby Rebekah Fox

    I’m not fond of the look but I do have a suggestion. Why not just use faux feathers? I don’t think any passerby will notice or care if you are wearing synthetic feathers or not.

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    Jun 9, 2011, 06.47 PMby Nicole Nolan

    I like them Nina Ricci style- long ostrich pieces in the same tone as your hair- subtle, not funky.

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    Jun 9, 2011, 06.34 PMby jossievons

    I think it’s crazy that no one seems to be concerned about the poor roosters that are being killed so people can glue feather to their heads.

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      Jun 11, 2011, 02.54 AMby nouvellegamine

      thank you for mentioning that!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 06.10 PMby chillwear

    Would I wear this fab item in my hair, that’s a NO. I’m sure Steven Tyler is happy to see people going with this look. It’s tacky/ White trash. Thankfully it’s a fab and will be gone soon enough.

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    Jun 9, 2011, 02.03 PMby epona76

    when I was growing up (way back in the 80s), feathers worn in the hair or as jewelry was popular… but, nope, not this time. definitely NOT something I would “rock”. as an animal welfare activist, I have to say that this trend is as attractive as fur. the roosters are usually killed in the process of collecting/harvesting these particular feathers. i think that killing an animal so that some human can wear its feathers (or even for using its feathers to catch and kill another animal) is wrong. if they were guaranteed to be harvested humanely, now that would be a different story altogether!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 09.09 AMby Rikki Cade Battle

    i quite like them, i find it quite funny though as it ties in with the project that im doing at college at the moment “reclaimed by nature” were im focusing on feathers. i think its quite fresh having a few long thin feathers in your hair, i couldn’t see it working with the shorter wider feathers as well though.

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    Jun 9, 2011, 07.17 AMby varenoea

    Feathers, fabric flowers, fascinators – bring it on, I love it!

    But it’s not for everyone, I’ll admit that.

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    Jun 9, 2011, 06.06 AMby makurochan

    it’s “fowl” not “foul” guys (although maybe you really meant foul, if that is your opinion of it….)

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      Jun 9, 2011, 03.16 PMby themisslinds

      ha – i think i meant a little of both ;)

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    Jun 9, 2011, 12.24 AMby jsanga

    I think it’s cute but because it is so popular now and everyone is doing it… it kind of ruined it for me haha Sephora sells some clip in ones for only $25 though. Screw paying 4-600! haha

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    Jun 8, 2011, 10.42 PMby raving

    I prefer to go for a full-blown headdress. I went to several parks around London to collect feathers and now I need to dye them and put them all together

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    Jun 8, 2011, 09.03 PMby aleah

    Looks quite silly in my opinion, I like feather earrings though.

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    Jun 8, 2011, 08.52 PMby ElleV

    I think it’s pretty stupid looking. It looks like they’re wearing fishing lures in their hair.

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    Jun 8, 2011, 05.48 PMby postmodest

    I prefer feather earrings and earwraps – if it’s superlong and your hair is long too, the effect is almost the same ;)

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