How to do your own feather hair extensions

Want to try the newest trend of 2011? Follow these quick and easy steps to doing your own feather hair extensions.

As soon as I saw a coworker sporting summer’s newest trend I was instantly obsessed with the look.

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There are salons that can give you the look, but most charge $20 a strand, which isn’t practical for a college student or anyone on a budget. But don’t worry, there is another option: do it yourself feather extensions.

Sounds intimidating I know, but I promise it’s not that bad. I bought 10 strands of feathers online from for only $20.

Sounds pricey at first but compared to salon prices you get a lot more bang for your buck. I highly recommend this brand not only because of the wide range of color and texture, but also because of the amazing quality of the product.

Plus, they include most of the tools needed to install them.

Now that you’ve got your feathers, it’s time to get to work.  You’ll need:

Silicone-lined beads

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Fishing Line


(If you order from the above link, the fishing line and beads are included!)


1)      Decide where you want to put your feathers. This is a personal preference depending on what kind of look you are going for.

For a more subtle look, put them in the bottom layers of your hair. For a bolder look, go toward

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the top layers of the hair.

2)      Now that you know where to put the feathers, take a very small section of hair in the desired layer. You will then take your fishing line, loop it up and thread it through the bead.

4)      Then take that small section of hair, pull it through the loop of fishing line and pull the hair through the bead. Make sure to take the bead all the way to the root of your hair.

5)  Insert feathers into the bead. You can put between 1-3 strands of feathers into one bead.  Anymore than three won’t fit.

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6)  Take the pliers, I recommend needle-nose pliers, and clamp down on the bead.

And that’s it! You now have feather hair extensions that can last you weeks, and even months depending on how well you care for them.

They can be washed, blow-dried, straightened and even curled. I wouldn’t recommend using excessive heat on them, but every once in awhile is no problem.

The best part about doing it yourself is that you have the option of removing them whenever you want.

(Brooke Whitten | Grand Central Magazine)

To remove the feathers, all you have to do is take your pliers and clamp the extension bead in the opposite direction and it will slide right off.