So I have started my day here at the shop just like any other day starts these days, and that is with a call, email, or drop into the shop to see if we have “those long feathers for hair extensions”. This one was a little different. I brought out the personal tying feathers and said my usual “this is what I have and willing to part with. It is $3 a feather.” This is where things went different. She was like “HOW MUCH? No thanks!”. My first refusal for the price. I thought this was odd especially when the going rate at the salon is $20 to $50 for one to five feathers.
Shortly after here came another, same thing. This was different too because she thought the feathers at the back of the saddle that I will never use were awesome. I guess this wasn’t the first time the “hair extension” shoppers went for those “unusable feathers” but I always think to myself “wow, money for something I’ll never use!”
So it comes down to this. I am not angry or mad at anyone following the trends of today. I am disappointed at the fact that I can not get any of these feathers in because of this trend. I am disappointed that Whiting Farms tells me there is “no shortage of feathers” and I have not seen a grizzly saddle in 6 months. Everyone that is participating in this trend must realize a few things. One is that these are live chickens that are genetically raised. They kill these birds, they do not pluck them. It has taken years and years for these feathers to get to the length, quality, and beauty of what they are.
It has been an interesting year! Oh, and by the way…look for the new “Fashion Packs” at The StoneFly soon!!! (yes, Whiting is selling Fashion Packs. This is no joke.)
Tight lines…..and good chicken feathers in your hair