My daughter begged me to get feathers for her hair for the start of seventh grade. I understood because I had feathers in my hair when I started seventh grade as well. Back then we had Farrah Fawcett to thank for that trend, and I remember wanting hair that feathered all the time like my classmate, Heidi Smith’s. She was popular, and had naturally straight hair that was well cut to frame her face in cascading layers. I had naturally curly hair that I needed to blow dry into what turned out more crashing waves than cascading feathers. In any case, I went to the Haircuttery and told the hairdresser that for my $8.00 cut I wanted permanently feathered hair. I walked out with a mullet. It took forever to grow it out, and needless to say did not catapult me into instant popularity as planned. So when my seventh grader asked me for feathers, I embraced her request with all the enthusiasm of my own youthful hair debacle. (I have to add here that as an adult and parent I am now acutely aware of the benefits of being nerdy in the long run). Much to my dismay, my daughter is innately cooler than I ever was. Thus, I am even more willing to support a harmless whim like getting feathers in her hair, so that when she asks me later for the tattoo or belly ring, I can say no without the reply that I never let her do anything.
My daughter’s feathers are a bit different than my late 70’s hair feathers. Thanks to Steven Tyler on American Idol last season, Fly fishermen are finding a shortage in their long feathered fishing lures. The hair extensions are made from chicken feathers. The same ones anglers would have paid about $5.00 for in order to catch some fish. I paid $10.00 to have one chicken feather attached to my daughter’s hair . The feathers have been snapped up nationwide by hairdressers to feed the fashion craze that has swept our nation. Applied like hair extensions to the root of a small cluster of hair they can last up to a couple of months of washing and styling. Either subtly applied to the nape of the neck to peak out from under the hair, or boldly laid as a top layer in natural or neon colors, they are certainly intriguing. They are also easily removable, making pre-teen hair regrets much less traumatic than back in my day!