Love it or hate it, one has to admit that when executed well, a feathered clip or hair extension perfectly complements the boho-chic look.
We saw feathered hair on the runway for FW11, and it’s been a hot topic in the forums here on Chictopia. Now it’s time to review—read on for tips to pull off the look, see how Chictopians wear it, and learn how to do it yourself!
“A few of my friends over the past month or so have gotten feathers in their hair. It really does look adorable.” —Angel2450
There are a few different kinds of feathery hair accessories—thin, long extensions, hair wraps, clip in cords with feathers attached….and they come in all colors, too. Before choosing a style to wear, consider your hair color, texture, budget, and how long you want the look to last.
However, not everyone is so in love with this style. In the forums, we heard that pandaphilia is “Not a fan,” and thinks “they look better as earrings.” If you agree with her, earrings are another great option for getting the boho-feathered look!
To DO and to DON’T
DO: Wear feathers in colors similar to or that complement your hair color-A golden toned feather in blonde hair, a peacock feather in black hair, etc. Rainbowsandfairydust and actress Lucy Hale set perfect examples, as seen on the first page.
DON’T: Be sloppy with the rest of your look. To pull off a more colorful feathery adornment, work an outfit that goes along with the bold style.
See: Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt in neon warm-hued feathers with a studded moto jacket, pop star Ke$ha with a black feather, glittery makeup, and signature snarl.
I have to agree, not everyone looks great with feather extensions. GrayHewAnimal looks perfectly edgy-boho with hers, as well as Ke$ha (queen of feathery hair) and Miley, but one guy who isn’t pulling it off—Steven Tyler. I mean, I know he’s a rockstar, but I just don’t like it. What do you think?
Do It Yourself: Clip/Pin-in Feather Hair Extension
“I always wanted to try to wear them. I really need to find a place that sells feathers so that I can make my own.” —EveyHoneysuckle
To start, I recommend checking out your local craft store for materials. I found these pretty feathers at Hobby Lobby, they’re great because they are ready to be threaded with a little plastic loop attached to the top. You will also need: a bobby pin or mini butterfly clip, depending on your preference; sewing thread or a thin cord in a color of your choice (I chose yellow to blend with my hair more nicely); beads if desired; and scissors.
Cut a length of thread that is about twice the length you want the extension to be. Slide on the feather to the middle of the thread, and join the two ends of the thread together with your fingers. Slide on beads if you wish, or just tie a knot. Then, tie the open ends securely around the clip or pin, making sure that you will still be able to open it. Add a dab of super glue on the knot if you are worried it may come undone.
To wear, simply pin or clip the extension underneath the top layers of your hair and cover the fastening. Adjust as necessary.
If you don’t feel like making your own, however, or would like a different type, Etsy and Urban Outfitters are good places to look for reasonably priced styles.