Who would’ve thought that putting colorful feather strands in your hair would be the latest and greatest hairstyle trend?
Let’s face it, we ladies have all kinds of accessories that range from barrettes to bump-its! But now you can go to a local salon and have this fashion trend sealed into your hair in a matter of minutes. I have to admit at first I thought this was sort of tacky and only for teenagers, but the more I saw it the more I started to like it. Especially the permanency of it all — they can stay in for up to two months in some circumstances, which to me is great because it’s a low maintenance product that gives you personality without hassle. The best part is they can be washed, straightened, blow-dried and curled along with your real hair.
Hair Culture in Galloway Township is one location in the region now doing feather extensions. They gave me the feather treatment (making my hair look fabulous) before I hosted the Tun Tavern’s 10th annual Golf Tournament & Bikini contest last week. Which may I add, was an excellent turnout all for a great cause to benefit a US Marine and Community Quest. Alison did a wonderful job with my feather extensions. Make sure to see her, the lovely staff and beautiful salon layout. For more information check out haircultureonline.com.
My girlfriend Jackie told me that her salon, Divine Images, in Ocean City at the Flanders Hotel, also does the extensions and my trusty and trendy go-to salon, Art Is, in Brigantine, offers feather extensions as well.
Prices range at these salons from $10 per feather to $50 for a six-feather bunch. Check them out the next time you’re at the salon and figure out what’s right for you — if any at all. And if that’s not enough, wait until you start hearing about and seeing the newest hair trend — “Hair Tinsel.”
I’m attracted to anything that’s shiny, yes, but this is another hair product that will be hot real soon. Hair Culture in Galloway has already started on the trend.
According to people I’ve spoken with on this topic, the consensus is that the majority of people who see it or have it love it.
Atlantic City’s Shannon Lynch McAllister loves them. She just had feathers added to her hair along with a hot pink strip for her wedding. “It’s like hair jewelry, it’s funky,” she says. Amy Sykes, of Somers Point, goes a little further to say not only is it funky (in a good way), but it’s possibly “a little addicting.”
On the other hand, April Christine Kauffman, of Linwood, wasn’t very impressed, stating plainly: “It’s tacky.”
Ocean City’s Natalie Kraft gave an explanation saying that it’s cute, but over-priced, “especially on the Boardwalk.” Which brings me back to checking out the salons I mentioned above. Between Galloway, Brigantine, and Ocean City you’re bound to find a place near you with decent rates.
Tom’s River’s Nancy Adler says it reminds her of the infamous Sex and the City episode when Big left Carrie at the alter. She had feathers in her hair, and Nancy believes only Carrie could pull that off. Then there’s Laura Madsen, of Bargaintown, who thinks girls with straight hair can pull the feathers off better than those with curls.
I say no matter what your hair style, even if you get one feather strand, you should try it out and take the plunge if you’re up for it. It’s fun, flirty and trendy.
Events on the Radar
On Monday, Aug. 1, the Jewish Family Service 24th annual House Tour will take place from 11am-4pm. You’ll enjoy an exclusive tour inside six to eight luxurious Downbeach homes. Tickets are $45. For another $10, you can reserve your raffle ticket for a chance to win wonderful prizes including a getaway vacation, Serago Roberts jewelry and courtside 76ers tickets. Tickets are available online at jfsatlantic.org.
On Thursday, Aug. 4, the last free seminar by chief strategy maven Winnie Anderson, of virtualmarketingmavens.com, will be held at the Atlantic City Small Business Development Offices (SBDC) from 9-11:30am. You’ll hear “The Fast Lane to More Sales: How to drive clients to you door and shorten the sales process.” Anderson will explain the path all clients take to make a buying decision and how you can speed up the trip. RSVP to Cynthia at 347-3174.
As a freelance writer, Whitney's columns were published in multiple press outlets including: GoJaneNews.com The Atlantic City Weekly New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine & The Boardwalk Journal just to name a few.
She is the former host of the Entertainment Minute which aired on the NBC40 News and was featured twice on FOX's Chasing New Jersey.