Feathers, Feathers, Feathers–Oh My!

Posted on September 23, 2011

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Stephanie Reitz's "Feathered Friend"

They’re green, they’re blue, they’re pink, and they are nearly everywhere. Originated from the famous Steven Tyler, almost every girl has them, but why?

A new trend has begun with kids and teens wearing feathers in their hair throughout the east coast.

“People like new and exciting things that are different,” said student Kylie Wright. “If putting feathers in your hair isn’t different, then I don’t know what is.”

Nearly eight months ago, this trend became extremely popular and well-known.

As previously stated, the trend was set by Steven Tyler which matched his “animalistic rock style,” stated Kylie. Not far behind Steven, celebrities Ke$ha and Miley Cyrus started following his foot-steps, adapting to the trend.

The feathers can be washed, blow dried, and even straightened or curled on low heat.  “Even my four year old cousin wants them!” exclaimed classmate Gabrielle Hill.

Though the feathers add color and diversity to your hair, the feathers are actually real rooster feathers.

The roosters are genetically bred to create the feathers with the special design. Later on, the feathers are plucked from them.

Reported by Courtney Hines; Photo credit Kelsey Hernandez

Of course the roosters are not raised for girls to put feathers in their hair. The feathers were initially, and still are, used as lures when fishing.

While some people are supportive of the trend, others disagree and may find it repulsing. “I don’t know what’s so special about them,” student Ian Siepker stated. “Knowing that the feathers are real rooster feathers is kind of gross. Frankly if I was going to put a feather in my hair, I wouldn’t make it come from a livestock animal. That’s like having cow fur [in your] hair extensions.”

From the farm, to the red carpet, to all of the way to the classroom, these feathers are a steady, growing trend.

Fake mustaches, silly bands, and now hair feathers—we only ask ourselves one question: What will we come up with next?

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