Whether boho chic, or bold and colorful, feather hair extensions are taking flight this spring! After seeing a few of my fashionista friends with them, I just had to find out more! Here’s the 4-1-1 on the trend:
What are feather hair extensions?
Brandi Carra, extension expert at Avanti South Salon in Boston, says feather hair extensions are actually dyed rooster plumes. You can find them in virtually any color, from bright pinks, yellows, and blues, to peacock toned browns and greens. The coloring comes from a safe and washable fabric dye. One extension is made up of a few feathers, both short and long, stuck together in a small bunch with a glue residue. Hairstylists will secure the feathers to your head by bending a small metal link around the extension, then attaching it to your hair with a metal tool.
How long do they last?
Feather hair extensions are durable, versatile, and last one to two months. The feathers withstand heat and can be styled, so go ahead and wash, brush, dry, iron, or curl them. Just don't weigh down your locks with lots of product. Carra says oily serums and gels could make the metal link slip out.
Where should feather hair extensions be placed?
It's completely up to you! However, Carra avoids placing them directly on the crown because the attachment shows. Instead, bury them under a few layers. The peek-a-boo effect is more subtle and sophisticated. Short hair? Try having the extension attached to one of your longer, bottom layers. You can keep the extensions longer than your actual hair, or trim them.
How do I decide which color is right for me?
Carra says… anything goes! If you’re looking for more pop, pick a bright bunch with bold pinks, yellows, or blues. Want something more natural? Go for browns, blues, and dark greens. Blending the color of the feathers with the color of your hair can look also look sleek. Most salons have a large selection with many color choices on hand, but if you have a specific request, talk to your stylist about special-ordering it.
How much do feather hair extensions cost?
Most salons put in the extensions for around $35. My friend Amanda Bent says they were worth every penny. “They are really cute and a quick way to change your hair – so much easier than getting highlights!” Everyone has been flocking to her with compliments – including me!