Skip to comments.Fishing feathers set hair-extension trend
Posted on 06/06/2011 8:41:14 PM PDT by smokingfrog
Jim Bernstein, the manager of a fishing supply shop, was warned that hair stylists would come banging on his door, but he didn't listen.
Sure enough, less than 24 hours later, a woman walked into the Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop in the US and made a beeline towards a display of hackles - the long, skinny rooster feathers fishermen use to make lures.
"She brought a bunch up to the counter and asked if I could get them in pink," he said. "That's when I knew."
He learnt that fishing supply shops across the US were at the centre of the latest hair trend: feather extensions.
Supplies at stores from the coasts of Maine to landlocked Idaho are running out and some feathers sold online are fetching hundreds of dollars more than the usual prices.
"I'm looking around the shop thinking, 'Hmmm, what else can they put in their hair'," Bernstein said.
Fishermen are not happy, bemoaning the trend in online message boards and sneering at so-called "feather ladies".
Some also blame American Idol judge and rocker Steven Tyler, who began wearing the feathers in his long hair.
"It takes years and years and years to develop these chickens to grow these feathers, and now, instead of ending up on a fly, it's going into women's hair," said Matt Brower, a guide and assistant manager at Idaho Angler.
"I think that's the reason a lot of people are a little peeved about it."
The feathers are not easy to come by in the first place.
They come from roosters that are genetically bred and raised for their plumage. In most cases, the birds do not survive the plucking.
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There's nothing quite like a hot chick with rooster feathers in her hair...
Save the roosters, use artificial hackles!!!
I wonder if they do brazilian hackle waxes.
Fashion trends don’t last. Next week it could be the leaden sinkers at the ends of elaborate braids or fluorescent floaters worn like barettes from the 70’s.
Either that's a lie or they're plucking them wrong. Feathers fall out. Pick them up and ship then to the factory. Or pluck one or two out at a time and the rooster will grow them back with no harm done.
I think that this is prettier than Lady Gaga with raw meat hanging on her skinny body.
Now, if they were char-broiled with A-1 steak sauce, I might take a second look.
This article shows that women have really gone to the birds.
Careful here, the start of the Audubon Society was two women noticing the increasing use of feathers in hats!
“Boston socialites Harriet Lawrence Hemenway and her cousin Minna B. Hall founded the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the longest-lived organization dedicated to bird conservation and public education. After reading about egret hunting practices in 1896, the two women were determined to persuade and convince other prominent women that they were committing a deadly and tragic wrong by wearing birds or bird feathers on their hats.
Through a boycott and tea parties, they convinced some 900 women not to wear feathered hats, and to work with their new group to promote bird protection. They also encouraged the use of ribbons and other millinery decorations in place of feathers. “
Ancient DNA points to Maori feather trade
I don’t understand why they can’t use fake feathers.
They did wear some crazy feathered hats back then.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
“Are facial tats the next big among our fashionable betters?”
Mike Tyson is waaaay ahead of that fashion curve.
How long do chickens/roosters live?
Around here, until there’s a bbq or some varmit gets ‘em.
The feathers aren’t usually “plucked”, it depends on the type of bird and what feathers are being harvested. Generally the feathers are sold on the skin. Obviously the bird is killed first.
For people who tie flies, this fashion trend is an expensive PITA.
Sexy is when you use a feather in bed.
Kinky is when you use the whole &%$# chicken.
It sure sucks that these women are allowed to spend money in of all places a tackle shop.
Some man HAS to tell them they have no right to purchase these feathers because some other man might want to buy them...
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