Feathers: DIY vs. Professional

27 Oct

Is it worth getting feather hair extensions professionally placed over doing it yourself?

In my opinion… no way!

Although salons place the feathers for you and take walk-in appointments, it’s just not worth the money to me.  Depending on where you go, and the individual who places the feathers in your hair, you never know how long the extension will stay put.  It could potentially fall out within a week or two which is not reliable enough for the money.  Most credible salons around the Iowa City area charge around $40 for a three-pack of skinny feathers.  This is why doing it yourself is less risky and more worth it.

                                                                  Photo courtesy of Etsy, Inc.

How to DIY:

First, you will need to purchase feathers.  To shop online for feathers you should visit Artwear Miami.  Here you can find both feather extensions and clips.  Feather clips are great if you don’t want to commit to clamping in a bundle of feathers that may last for a month or two.  So, after you purchase your feathers you will need a hair clamp to keep them secured to your hair.  (Clamps come with feather purchases from Artwear Miami.)  The round, aluminum clamp resembles a bead and is lined with silicone to help it stick in your hair. You’ll want to weave your hair and feathers through the bead and fasten everything together using pliers.  The pliers will squish the bead/clamp flat.  This keeps the hair and feathers tight, and this step alone determines how long they will stay put. (i.e. the tighter you fasten the bead the longer everything will stay secure.)

Where to place your feathers:

When placing your feathers you should consider two things: look and comfort.  In order to come up with the perfect placement you need to have a balance between the two.  If you want it on the outside of your hair, I suggest using a clip that you can take in and out daily.  Otherwise, if you use the semi-permanent clamp extension, I advise you to put it underneath your hair, just behind the ear.  This way you can see the extension when your hair is down or up in a pony tail, and your head won’t ache from the metal bead resting between your head and your pillow.

Here is a great tutorial on youtube that walks you through the steps on how to master the art of putting feather hair extensions in yourself!


3 Responses to “Feathers: DIY vs. Professional”

  1. Cate Sarrazin October 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    okay not gonna lie I always thought doing the feathers yourself seemed really cheap but after reading this I think it could probably look really cute! good info laur! and where did you hear about the artwear miami sight? I’ll take a look at it.

  2. rena0906 October 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    This is great! I forwarded this to my sister-in-law because she really wants to try feathers in her hair. I’ve been thinking about it too. But, my hair is SUPER curly. Do you have any suggestions on how I could incorporate this super cute look?

    • lauriesthisvsthat October 19, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

      I would probably suggest you look into a feather hair clip, as you can just pop it in and out, for example if you straighten your hair and wear it down you could easily clip in a feather under the back side of your ear to peak out a bit. But, if you’re going to keep your hair curly and want a permanent placed feather, buy a shorter one that goes with the length of your natural curly hair if that’s how you usually wear it. Advice for placing: straighten a small section of your hair, so it’s easy to slide the clamp on. Then obviously wash and dry like regular! (ps- feathers can be washed, curled, and flat ironed just like your hair).

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