Feather Hair Extensions

Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett

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.

Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler

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!

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Miracle Grow for Hair?

Who doesn’t want thicker, fuller hair?! Well, of course those who already have it but for gals like me who barely have three strands of hair… It was something I always dreamed about. In college, I went to my dermatologist and told him something needed to be done about it about my thin hair.  He at first told me horror stories of needle injections in your head that sometimes didn’t work and then sent me on my merry way with a sample of Rogaine. Sure, I tried it, secretly in my bedroom late at night, immediately hiding the bottle right away in case my roommate came in to borrow something. Rogaine did not have the magical touch I was looking for.  It may work for others,  but not for me.

Pantene Full & Thick

Miracle Grow for Hair!

One day,  I discovered Pantene Pro-V Full & Thick Collection. It promises fuller, thicker hair. Come on?! If this was so great, why is this not being touted all over the place? I decided to play along and picked up a bottle. It was only $4. The first week or so. Nothing. Like everything else in my life I wanted things to change overnight… did not happen. But a couple of weeks into it, I started to believe my hair was a little bit thicker. I have been happy enough to continue to use it. I also must point out the thickness could all be in my imagination (I don’t have anyone running their fingers through my hair to agree with me) or during the last couple of weeks… I have ended an unhealthy relationship with my flatiron. As a girl with naturally curly hair who hates it more than words and years and years of flatiron abuse. I switched over to the Conair Drying Brush. So my new found thickness could be from a variety of things. I will take whatever I can get and I am thoroughly enjoying running my fingers through it.

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