Perhaps you've noticed them tucked in the tresses of shop girls and hair stylists: streaks of color with a decidedly avian twist.
"It's basically a decorative, whimsical hair ornament, and they come in a multitude of colors," says Steven Sobel, who owns the eponymous Maple Street salon. "People ages 15 to 50 are wearing them."
The hair extension consists of a bundle of feathers installed in the hair with a small, silicone-lined metal clamp. Once they're in, the extensions last three to four months or longer, and can be shampooed or heat styled.
"They are actually real rooster feathers, and they are hand-dyed to get these kinds of bright, vivid colors: red, turquoise, blue, key lime," Sobel says.
Prices range from $10 to $30 depending on the number of feathers used. All prices include the cost of installation. Dara Johnston of Rocket Science Beauty Bar (640 Elysian Fields Ave., 218-8982) custom designs Rocket Science's bundles, which cost $15 each. Jamie Gandy of Fifi Mahony's (934 Royal St., 525-4343) installs feathers individually, at a price of $10 per feather. "We make it look more like a feathered highlight in your hair," Gandy says. The bundles at Steven Sobel Hair Salon (7818 Maple St., 866-1593) cost $25 and contain approximately six to eight feathers. "If it looks too wimpy, it's not going to show up in the hair," Sobel says. "Ours have a nice show."