At the markets, we’ve seen feathers being added to the hair of people from all ages, both male and female. They are becoming a really popular hair accessory. They look so perfectly earthy I couldn’t wait to try it on my three girls. All were very willing to let me experiment thankfully!
Did you know that adding feathers to your hair is not only really easy to do but it’s quite inexpensive if you do it yourself?! You only need a few tools and about ten minutes of your time. Yep, it’s that easy!
You can see how we secured the feathers to the hair in the tutorial below.
What you need
- Feathers. You’re looking for a couple of long, thin feathers for your hair.
- Crimp tubes
- Beading needle
I bought most of the materials from a local craft shop. I used feathers from one of the girl’s old hair pieces for the twins and I used real emu feathers (from our molting emu at work) for Miss Possum’s hair. To make it easier, you can always just buy this similar Feather Hair Kit with Natural Feathers (affiliate links).
How to attach feathers to your hair
Before starting, think about how obvious you’d like the feather to be displayed in the hair. Miss Possum goes to school, so I wanted her feathers to be quite subtle. To make the feather stand out, place it near the top of the mid part of the hair, or at the front, near the fringe (bangs). If you’d like a more subtle look, place the feather an inch below the natural part line in the hair.
- Thread some hair through the beading needle. I used a comb to sweep up a small pinch of hair. You’ll need enough hair to go through the crimp but have some space left for two feathers to be added.
- Slide the crimp onto the beading needle and thread it all the way through bringing the hair with it. The hair should now be through the crimp.
- Now, thread the base of the feather through the crimp. Try to keep the crimp close to the scalp while you’re doing this step.
- Place the pliers over the crimp and squeeze the crimp tightly. Gently test the crimp, if it’s still loose, try to squeeze it harder. This worked really well for ours but one just wouldn’t stay. If it’s not tightening, warm the pliers up with a hair dryer and try to squeeze it one more time. Be very careful not to touch the scalp when you’re doing this. This worked perfectly and it was super secure after that.
So far our feather hair extension accessories have lasted over two weeks, through swimming, spas, hair washing and brushing and even blow drying! The girls love them and check every morning too see if they are still attached.
The subtle look was perfect for Miss Possum’s hair and I was a little more bold with Miss Platypus and Panda’s hair. I love that you can play around with it yourself.
To remove them, just use a small metal cutter to cut the crimp.
I didn’t think adding a feather extension to the hair would be that easy but it really was. I know we’ll be experimenting with different feathers now and I’ll be adding some to my hair as soon as I get some more emu feathers!
Would you wear feathers in your hair?