Beauty: Feather extensions

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Bird's the word with this new hair trend flying our way from the West Coast. Extensions made of rooster feathers can be washed and styled alongside natural tresses, adding pops of unexpected color and texture.

"I first saw them in Colorado Springs last month," said Lindsay Hord, a stylist at Michael David Salon in Westerville. "All the girls had them. They will be hot this summer."

In the last two weeks Hord has applied the crimp-bead extensions to the locks of about 20 clients - from teenagers to soccer moms.

The extensions will stay in your hair for about a month and a half and can handle any heat-centric styling tool you throw at them. Different lengths are available, so they work well in both long manes and pixie cuts. They look pretty rock star on guys, too.

"I love them," Hord said. "They're fun and add a little something to your hair without a big commitment or cost."

Most local salons offering the speckled feathers have them in a collection of colors. There are warm, natural-looking tones in gold and brown plus neon choices such as pink or blue.

Phia Salon in the Short North has seen customers flock to get the look. Salon manager and co-owner Gendala Kelli Anna recently covered her entire head in hundreds of different types of feathers (pictured, right).

The artisan-like layering of color makes it look like it's her real hair. She calls the fashion-forward style "otherworldly avian."

While Anna's extensions were done with a fusion technique so it could last several months, the salon mostly uses micro-link attached extensions, sort of like clamps that hold the look in place.

Phia co-owner Elizabeth Bella said customers have generally been asking for three to five clusters of feathers.