Thursday, April 7, 2011

Fine feathered friends

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Perhaps you've noticed them tucked in the tresses of shop girls and hair stylists: streaks of color with a decidedly avian twist.

Gabriella Burst, a stylist at Steven Sobel Hair Salon, models her feather hair extensions.
  • Gabriella Burst, a stylist at Steven Sobel Hair Salon, models her feather hair extensions.

"It's basically a decorative, whimsical hair ornament, and they come in a multitude of colors," says Steven Sobel, who owns the eponymous Maple Street salon. "People ages 15 to 50 are wearing them."

The hair extension consists of a bundle of feathers installed in the hair with a small, silicone-lined metal clamp. Once they're in, the extensions last three to four months or longer, and can be shampooed or heat styled.

Installation takes just a few minutes and doesnt damage hair.
  • Installation takes just a few minutes and doesn't damage hair.

"They are actually real rooster feathers, and they are hand-dyed to get these kinds of bright, vivid colors: red, turquoise, blue, key lime," Sobel says.

This rooster would like to beautify your tresses with its tailfeathers.
  • This rooster would like to beautify your tresses with its tailfeathers.

Prices range from $10 to $30 depending on the number of feathers used. All prices include the cost of installation. Dara Johnston of Rocket Science Beauty Bar (640 Elysian Fields Ave., 218-8982) custom designs Rocket Science's bundles, which cost $15 each. Jamie Gandy of Fifi Mahony's (934 Royal St., 525-4343) installs feathers individually, at a price of $10 per feather. "We make it look more like a feathered highlight in your hair," Gandy says. The bundles at Steven Sobel Hair Salon (7818 Maple St., 866-1593) cost $25 and contain approximately six to eight feathers. "If it looks too wimpy, it's not going to show up in the hair," Sobel says. "Ours have a nice show."


The extensions come in a full spectrum of colors.
  • The extensions come in a full spectrum of colors.

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