Feather Hair Extensions: A Trend Worth Killing For?

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Posted June 13, 2011 by peta2 staff

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As much as I’m down for some good ol’ hair featherin’ (seeing the ’80s are back and kickin’), I am not down with flaunting real feathers from our bird friends in the name of fashion.

It seems as though these cruel feather hair extensions popped up overnight, and now everyone and their grandma is wearing them. Sure, at first glance, these feathery accessories may look kind of cool, but they are in fact the reason that many roosters lose their lives. Roosters used to make these extensions are bred and genetically altered to produce long, luxurious saddle feathers (the ones on their backsides, which take years to grow) before they are killed and de-feathered. What costs these animals their lives in turn costs anywhere from $40 to $500 per saddle and can only be worn by the consumer for a mere two or three months.

So instead of supporting the slaughter of thousands of animals each week just to have feathers in your hair, why not instead opt for a pretty flower, some spunky-colored hair extensions, or a classy rhinestoney barrette… or stay tuned for our DIY ribbon version of these accessories (coming very soon)!

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  • 1284 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I know several people who wear these and NONE are real. I had no idea this was even happening. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised…

  • 1346 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    we are manufacturer of feather extention, there is synthetic, 100% no bird harmed! there is ten strip and ten solid color for choose 16″ long just 25 cents per pieces. also have mirco beads For more information,or need picture, email hairforyou1@hotmail.com

  • 1349 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Why don’t they just go to a salon that don’t use feather?

  • 1353 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    what??.. feathers?.. how would that turn out?

  • Kym

    1370 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I received a email from Hair Flairs, stating that they are getting 1000’s of feather extensions in. I posted on their facebook page about how horrible it is. They blocked me and removed my post. Will you guys post on their wall speaking out against the trend. Thanks so much in advance:)

    http://www.facebook.com/HairFlairs

  • 1379 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Killing is not fashion. Get the fake hair extension!

  • PV

    1380 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Definately NOT worth killing for. Fake or not I won’t be wearing them.

  • 1381 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    How do you know if your feathers are fake?? They die the real ones to make them look different colors. Your input would be helpful

  • 1389 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think they are adorable, but I don’t want to follow the crowd, and when I found out that they were cruel, I immediately was off board. I now find them ugly, and am 100% against them. (As a vegetarian and animal-lover, this isn’t a surprise.)

  • 1398 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Fabulous Feathers for All only sells naturally dropped/molted feathers. There is no sense in killing an innocent animal for our greed of appearance. Before you bash this trend, look up sellers that clearly state they do not kill their birds to acquire feathers. Support honest, animal cruelty free businesses!

  • 1414 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ack i saw Aria wearing these in Pretty Little Liars, but in real life Lucy Hale is a big animal lover! i think peta should tell her of the cruelty involved and maybe convince her to go veggie! that would be brilliant! she’s lovely, a great actress and beautiful :)

  • tay

    1417 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    The roosters are killed for dog and cat food and then used for feathers. the roosters are not simply killed for feathers only. if you want to stop this cruelty then boycot dog and cat foods.

  • 1426 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    just my opinion but i think feather extensions are really cute. Then i read this and was APPALED! i have bought 2 feather extensions and 2 pairs of feather earrings from the mall. I just assumed they were fake, but now idk. How do you know if they are real or not???

  • 1427 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I didn’t know u could get fakes. When I posted this story on twitter I got a response from an MTV personality that told me hers were fake to mind my own business and to keep my comments to myself. All I did was put this info out there to her. I said nothing mean at all. I had just found out myself and was trying pass the word along.

  • 1427 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thats so weird… like wearing a dead persons hair in yours, but much worse because these poor guys were murdered :( I have chickens and could never imagine how someone could kill them for meat or indirectly for eggs

  • 1428 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    my birdies are appalled by those meanies >:/ they don’t even look pretty xP

  • Jes

    1434 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    These feathers didn’t pop up simply for this hair trend. These same feathers are what people use for tying fishing lures.

  • 1435 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Nice to know,’J always wondered before if they were real feathers that people were wearing.

  • 1438 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Join the boycott!!! Don’t support a trend with a hand of cruelty!!!
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Feather-Hair-Extensions/223266857707696?v=wall

  • 1441 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I feel like we cannot just focus our efforts on those using these feathers for fashion, but need to also put some pressure on the fly fishing industry which originated the demand for the fatal feathers. In fact, fly fisherman everywhere are probably rejoicing that PETA is trying to put an end to the fashion trend – now they can have their precious bait back. How do we now send a message to them?

  • 1443 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I sent an email into a peta about this…I was shocked and appalled after I read about it in a yahoo article…I was almost more disgusted that they article barely acknowledged the cruelty in the trend and instead focused on the RISING PRICES OF FLY FISHING BAIT. Seriously? WTF YAHOO.

  • 1443 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is going to sound horrible but, when I first saw those extensions I was like “That’s so cute! I want one!” And now that I’ve been doing my research, I feel like crying because I cannot believe that I was going to get that. I am SO against it now. I keep trying to tell my friends that those feathers came from roosters and their “fashions” are just hurting innnocent animals.

  • 1443 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have one fake extension from a crafts store. Their really pretty and come in different colors (mine is hot pink with black stripes). Why kill birds for fashion? Its wrong! I rather be fake and unfashionable then torturing birds.

  • 1444 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    omg! i had no idea those were real feathers! thank God i didn’t get one… O.o

  • 1444 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Here is a more rooster friendly option. Synthetic cruelty free feather hair extensions made from synthetic hair.
    http://www.etsy.com/people/MegsFauxFeathers

  • 1444 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Unpopular opinion: I like putting feathers in my hair.

    The thing is though that I only use feathers I find outside and secure them to a little braid on the inside of my hair so the feather just pokes out. I don’t buy feathers or the pre-made accessories because who knows where they came from

  • 1444 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    wow! never heard of these :S anyone got images? x

  • 1445 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    HEYYY PETA people. REAL feathers are EXTREMELY popular where i live and i want to get the word around. this should be a mission.

  • 1448 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Does anybody have any recommendations on where to find fake feather extensions?

  • 1450 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    gross

  • 1450 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Fakes Last Longer! And Hurting My Birdy Friends?! I dont think so….

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thats gross and sad! :( cant wait for the ribbon version!

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have some majorly cute fake feather hair extensions. The are adorabs, super fun, and most importantly cruelty free!

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is ridiculous! I don’t do extensions, but I put fake feathers in my hair. I have 4 fake ones, 2 red and 2 light pink. They’ve lasted me a good year. They’re made of a fragile man-made silk like fabric that very well looks like feathers unless you examine them close up. IMO its just as bad as wearin a full-fur outfit to have rooster feathers in your hair.

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I know so many people with them in, and they are real. i have got to inform them now of what they have done….

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    **** that (sorry for the language) What is wrong with people feathers??? real ones make it even worse!

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I actually posted a ribbon version of feather extensions on the peta2 boards earlier.Haha It’s on my tumblr as well :http://theheavymetalhippie.tumblr.com/

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Personally, I think the look is really stupid.

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Mine are fake. :) and i convinced my moms friend to fake instead of real. Not only are they cruel…their also very unsanitary.

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That is terrible! Sharing on FB for sure!

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Urgh this knocks me absolutely sick!

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is really sad that people dont think about what they put in they’re hair. Its really messed up. /:

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    How gross! I love bird friends! :)

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    You should make a mission out of this! 😀

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thats messed up..Fakes probably last longer anyway!

    • 1451 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Ya. Fakes last WAAAAYYYYY longer!!! Fakes can last up to six months!

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yayyyyy(:

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I can’t wait for the DIY ribbon version!!!! What’s next? Dog fur hair extensions?

  • 1451 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have two FAKE feather hair extentions. I know a lady who does them. She is a vegan also. She couldn’t believe that people were wearing REAL FEATHERS in their hair!!!! Thats why I am wearing FAKE ones!!!!!

    • 1451 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      do you know where she gets these fake ones? im a hairstylist aswell and really dont like the idea of real feathers either

    • 1381 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Your’s are fake but don’t forget other people might not realize that and think they are real and do the very thing you don’t want and kill innocent birds.

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