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Annie220588
« on: May 12, 2011 05:52:42 PM »

Hi everybody,
as you may have noticed one of the hottest summer trends are feather extensions.
I'm an Aupair here in the States. I cannot afford these expensive extensions in a Salon so I thought there must be a way to do it myself.
I looked up what this feathers are made of and I found out that it's a flyfishing supply. So I went in a Store and bought natural rooster Feathers for about 25 bucks. Than all I needed was crimp beads: ordered over amazon for about 11 bucks. I watched some of the youtube tuts about how to get it in you hair.
This is what I ended up with and I love it! I get a lot of compliments for it! Smiley
Picture is not the best but it's enough to show you the effect.

This is what I used:

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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2011 06:08:44 PM »

Awesome!  Yay do-it-yourself solution.  Smiley

Do these survive washing your hair?
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2011 07:06:39 PM »

Just washed my hair for the first time after putting them in and......
All are still in!!!! Grin Grin Grin
Used Shampoo and blowdryed my hair. Look like brand new!
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2011 07:52:51 PM »

It's crazy how much people pay for those. Silly people aren't as smart as you, apparently. Awesome work.
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2011 01:44:38 PM »

Ooh, I've been ogling these on the interwebz for a while - I'll have to try it myself now that I know where to get the feathers.  Thanks for sharing!

Btw, what kind of crimp beads did you use?
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2011 10:46:44 PM »

Would be awesome if you made a tute on how to do this!  I've been eyeballing these on people for awhile now too, and i've been looking all over the stores for them thinking they're clips or something.  I love the way they look!
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011 12:11:40 PM »

So washed and brushed my hair several times now and they're still in!
Here a Tutorial that I made for you Smiley



If somebody wants bigger images (since I admit it's hard to see) I'm going to post it on my blog too. As soon as I find the time.
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2011 04:04:38 PM »

I had some put in at my salon and one came out after a couple days and I put it back in myself and it lasted longer.  I won't be wearing the feathers anymore as I found out that the roosters are killed in order to get the feathers. A lot of roosters are being killed to keep up with the high demand.
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2011 07:00:03 PM »

brillant! my friend is stylist and they offer them at her salon for like triple the cost! so savvy!
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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2011 10:22:42 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial! I think these are so pretty!
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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2011 05:22:52 PM »

Awesome!  I talked to a lady who had some done at the salon and they still looked good after 3 weeks.  Can't wait to try this out!
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« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2011 04:11:19 PM »

Crimp Tubes!  I refused to pay to get these in my hair but have been coveting them.  I could not figure out how to attach them and it ends up being something I have had hundreds of in my cabinets.  Thank you!
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« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2011 04:36:34 PM »

Put one in myself in june and its still there! 
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« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2011 02:29:48 PM »

I had some put in at my salon and one came out after a couple days and I put it back in myself and it lasted longer.  I won't be wearing the feathers anymore as I found out that the roosters are killed in order to get the feathers. A lot of roosters are being killed to keep up with the high demand.
Actually, the roosters are eaten.  Just so you know.  Plus feathers can be plucked without killing a rooster.
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« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2011 02:55:25 PM »

the crimp beads used for this are actually lined with silicone to help hold the hair longer,

also you can get a tool to pass the feather through on ebay for about a dollar and you can get synthetic feathers as well quite cheaply (under 2 dollars) on ebay.
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« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2011 03:36:26 PM »

What kind of crimp beads are used and where can I find them.  I use the small ones for jewelry, but don't know about the larger ones.
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« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2011 03:39:50 PM »

I had some put in at my salon and one came out after a couple days and I put it back in myself and it lasted longer.  I won't be wearing the feathers anymore as I found out that the roosters are killed in order to get the feathers. A lot of roosters are being killed to keep up with the high demand.
Actually, the roosters are eaten.  Just so you know.  Plus feathers can be plucked without killing a rooster.

THANKYOU! i eat enough chicken to earn some extensions, not only that i use feathers in almost all of my crafts, yummy chicken! hmm now i know what im cooking for dinnah!!!
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« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2011 04:19:34 PM »

They are lovely.

If anyone knows someone who keeps chicken (inc roosters) they naturally moult every year so you can even get feathers without killing them if you are a veggie. Plucking feathers out of a live rooster would be cruel and I've never heard of anyone doing that. They wouldn't be killed just for feathers their days are numbered anyway so may as well make use of the feathers as well as the meat. Some species of pheasant as reared purely for their feathers so you may want to avoid those if that bothers you. Hackle feathers are the really pretty pointy ones.
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« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2011 05:27:25 PM »

If you redo the post, please use a darker color on the font.  this one is very hard to see.  Thaks
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« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2011 05:30:25 PM »

This is awesome!  Thank you for posting this!  Just wondering what size crimping beads to buy though. 
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« Reply #20 on: September 09, 2011 06:20:43 PM »

Just search for hair feather kits on amazon or ebay and you will find the crimp beads
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« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2011 12:42:24 AM »

I've done mine myself for months.  I have naturally curly hair; the feathers will actually somewhat adapt to your hair's original texture.  I treat them just as I would the hair growing out of my head other then being careful brushing and using heat products around the crimp bead area.  I flat iron my hair quite often and have used a curling iron on them as well.  The feathers hold up just fine.  I knew this shaping method wouldn't be harmful to the feathers as it's the same way I've been maintaining several pairs of feather earrings I own when then because unruly or misshapen.  For me it takes about 2 months for each extension to start to slip, which then I carefully slide it out once it gets low and lose enough to remove without damaging the hair it is attached to.  I then clip off the crimp bead and start all over with the feathers, putting them in different places and mixing up the color combinations.  I have no desire to die my hair, so these have been a great way to add some color for a unique style.
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« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2011 07:27:34 PM »

thank you for the tutorial.  I can appreciate that price is a major factor -- however, because of the booming popularity of this trend I've already seen an alert about roosters being put to death in factory-fashion to meet the demand.  Please do consider finding sustainable, humane suppliers for your feathers.  (I cite this article http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2011/07/28/flee-from-feather-hair-extensions.aspx?PageIndex=2).  I love the tutorial and thanks for the information -- I hate to be a buzzkill but i also know people who are thoughtful enough to craft are also caring enough to check into their supply sources and make sure inhumane methods aren't being used.
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« Reply #23 on: September 30, 2011 11:07:13 AM »



Just thought I'd add that Etsy is a great source for cruelty-free feathers
http://www.etsy.com/search/supplies?search_submit=&ref=auto&q=cruelty+free+feathers&view_type=gallery&ship_to=US&noautofacet=1

That being said, when I had dreadlocks, I sewed in feathers of all kinds that I had found on hikes. In my experience, they wouldn't look very good after a month or two. Maybe rooster feathers are different?

Anyways, great job DIYing it!
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