DIY Cruelty-Free Hair 'Feathers'

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Posted June 23, 2011 by peta2 staff

The following article was written by Ashley Palmer.

Feather hair extensions seem to be the latest fashion craze, but is this trend worth killing for? Thousands of roosters are losing their lives so that people can wear their feathers as hair accessories. To me, that sounds more like a tragedy than a trend.

Luckily, I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve, and with these easy, fun, and animal-friendly DIY versions of feather hair extensions, you can get the look without harming any birds. It’s a win-win situation! So get craftin’, and go flaunt your featherless fashion.

DIY Hair ‘Feathers’

  • Scissors
  • 3/8-inch (or smaller) shiny ribbon, any color
  • Your favorite cruelty-free paint or nail polish, any color
  • Bobby pins

Cut the ribbon lengthwise to form very thin strands. One end of each should come to a point. Lay out the cut ribbon and add colored stripes with the paint or nail polish. Let dry overnight. Secure to your hair with the bobby pins.

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  • 1215 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    a gazzilon of my friends wear the real feathers and i tell them not to and they just insulted me but will def. tell them about these, maybe even start a business with this as my main product!!

  • 1235 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Neat idea. <3

  • 1257 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thats such a good ideaa!(:

  • 1326 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That looks lovely, I should try it!

  • 1348 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i want that!! Awesome!! ♥ iT

  • 1350 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Great idea!:D I have 2 chickens I keep as pets, 1 hen and 1 rooster. They naturally lose(malt) their feathers, so I pick them up and have made feather earrings out of them! There super cute and cruelty free!!:D

    • 1251 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      how do you wash them? what do you use?

  • 1356 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    HairWeGo Products carries cruelty free feather hair extensions. I think they are also called printed hair extensions.

    http://shop.hairwegoproducts.com/hair-feather-extensions/synthetic-hair-feather-extension.html

  • 1371 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i love the idea! but i’m so cofused on how to make them.

  • 1373 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I liked your option very much! I’m from Brazil so I’ve never heard about those hair feathers before. It’s sounds freaky to me that someone can use a rooster feather for that. I’ve saw here this hair braiding made with a thin and decorated wire and string.
    http://girliedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/tranca.jpg?w=420&h=305

    (img from google)

    bye

  • 1373 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have 2 parrots that shed their feathers and I keep every one of them. There may be places that sell these types of feathers. Not sure, but I would never buy anything that a poor animal has to pay their life for. Poor things :(

  • 1376 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Awesome I made quite a few and they’re extra pretty because my nails polish has glitter in it. You can make them any length, color, style, get a whole roll of ribbons and you can have a multitude of ‘feathers!’

    • 1376 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      I’d like to see a rooster grow them as long as I am making them. XD

  • 1383 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That is a great idea. But for those of you that would like to curl or use as your hair, we have designed human hair loop ‘n’ lock alternatives to hair feathers. You can now get the look without the cruelty! You will get two feathers for the price of $15.00 ready to install. These are also 20″ in length, so you can cut them to the appropriate length. We have grizzily and solid colors availible.

    http://www.urbanhairdesigns.com/2-Alternative-Feathers-Cruelty-Free_p_70.html

  • 1393 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is great — I love this idea! A wonderful, cruelty-free alternative.

  • 1406 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m just collecting feathers I find in the wild. It’s not that hard when your friend lives on the lake and your grandparents have a bird 😉

  • 1409 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It doesnt really look like a feather though…

  • 1413 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    How cool! BTW, i find it really weird how people can wear real feathers in their hair -.-

  • 1416 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is awesome, i love that your “feather” looks so real!!

  • 1417 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I just made those for my daughter and she loves them! She’s such a cruelty-free animal rights child, but she wanted to enjoy this fashion trend too. It’s a win-win situation for her and for the animals that didn’t have to die for a few feathers! Great idea.

  • 1418 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Why not just NOT wear them?? Dont get me wrong I am a vegetarian, but I think that people who need “Feathers” or “Pleather” are just holding on to obsession. Simply give it up if you want to be humane!

  • 1418 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I just do hair wraps, you know, with the embroidery thread. So many people asked if I had feathers. At that time I didn’t know what they were, and I’m thinking “ew, feathers?” but I have always done hair wrapping. It takes a really long time, but can last for about a week and it’s amazing. Take 1/4 of an inch of hair, braid it tightly, secure it for the moment (you’ll take it out when you’re done). Get the embroidery thread and tie it at the root of your hair. Wrap it tightly, using a mirror to guide you or a someone else to help you tie it. When you get to the rubber band at the end, take it out, since you have now covered the braid. make a “4” (hair as the 1 and thread in the shape of an L) and slit the thread through the hole in the “4”. Do this repeatedly until the end, where you can tie a knot to end it off. As an alternative to just wrapping, you can do the “4s” with all of the wrapping. I hate the feather trend, I think it’s so stupid. But my hair wrap thing looks like the same thing if it’s thin enough.

  • 1418 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    wow, i had no idea that REAL feathers are used…i was close to getting someO.o

  • 1419 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yes! This is a great idea! At first I thought the feather extensions were cool, but realizing that roosters have to be plucked just for a fashion trend, it made me sick. I hope the fad goes out soon… But in the meantime, time to go buy some ribbon! :)

  • 1419 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is BRILLIANT!!!! Let’s leave the birds alone!

  • 1419 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    gracias por publicar esto . ahora ya sabemos lo que es correcto

  • 1419 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Or you could just use fake feathers?

  • sam

    1419 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Those are so cool, thats an awesome idea ! luuvvv ittt

  • 1420 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    So this is such and awesome idea!! My best friends little Sis wants a fester and I’m going to do this instead it will save her money and be better for everyone

    • 1420 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Feather sorry

  • 1420 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I buy mixed shed feathers from Ebay.

  • Em

    1420 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Aren’t there also synthetic feathers? Are there any synthetic feathers that are hair ready for the less diy crowd? Or supply links for not cruelty free feather extensions? :)

  • 1420 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I made those and they are very simple and cute i used an extra thin ribbon so they look almost like the real del unless you take them out of my huir and put them right infront of your face

  • 1420 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I can’t even understand the appeal (even if you don’t care about animals) of looking like a mutated bird/human combo. It’s really unattractive no matter which side you’re on.

  • 1426 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m going to do this tomorrow:D

  • 1427 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thats such a good idea! i didn’t know they were actual feathers, thats gross. i’m totally doing that!

  • 1428 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    hmm. I’ve run a business making human hair extensions. i saw this is quite a nifty idea with the ribbon!

  • 1428 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    actually doing this, u r subliminally interested in the idea of feathers and the ppl who wear cruelty feathers, dont know the diff….

    • 1419 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      I would say that there is a difference because what people like here is the look, not the idea of where they come from.

    • Em

      1419 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      That’s like saying people who are wearing man made shoes are subliminally supporting the leather industry or that people that eat veggie burgers are subliminally supporting burger products. Come on anon.

  • 1428 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My friend has feathers in her hair, but they are pink! Cruelty free, AND colorful! :)

  • 1428 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Its the smartest thing I’ve ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • 1429 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Looove it! I was against the stupid(yet fashionable) feathers even before i went veggie!

  • 1432 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    YAY! adn my friend has chickens so we use the feathers that fall off

  • 1433 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    You can also get fake feather hair extensions!

  • 1433 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That honestly looks prettier than feathers. I had two fake feathers in my hair but those look prettier!

  • 1433 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    oh my gosh awesome! =)

  • 1433 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Awesome (: Looks Pretty Great From My View Point!

  • 1433 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    People wear rooster feathers in their hair? Are these people on crack?

    • 1433 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      IKR?!

  • 1433 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    it so easy to make that cruelty free accessories and i am gonna m8ke one!!!!! :) <3 it

  • 1433 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    YAY!!!!!!!! I am so excited to buy some ribbon so I can do this!!!!

  • 1433 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    AWESOME.

  • 1433 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thanks so much for posting this! I hope people stop buying those real feathers!

  • 1433 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Great idea! I work at a place that sells the feathers. We recently found out that the feathers where not cruelty-free, so the company has changed where they are getting the feathers from and they are now all cruelty-free. :]

    • 1413 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Where do you work? I’ve been trying to get cruelty-free feathers for awhile

    • 1373 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      me too! i need them!!!

  • 1433 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Great idea! Love it <3

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