Fishing tackle, fashion and celebrities are not three words you usually find in the same sentence. However, the latest feather fashion trend is causing a flap amongst fishing tackle suppliers and fashionistas.
Fishing tackle feathers are being used as hair extensions, using the same cockerel plumes that anglers use for fishing lures. Saddle hackles, which use the finest long thin feathers, are the most popular. As demand far exceeds supply these premium hackles have fallen foul to soaring prices.
It seems many amateur entrepreneurs have hurriedly bought up all the fine feather lures from unsuspecting fishing shops. And are now selling them on eBay and other auction sites as “feather hair extensions” for inflated prices.
Some fishing tackle suppliers are choosing to protect their local anglers from price hikes and supply shortages, by refusing to sell to hairdressers and fashion suppliers. However if this fashion is more than a passing fad, supply and price could be effected far in to the future.
For those interested in the fashion side of this feather fad – read on:
The trend for wearing feathers in the hair is part of a 1970s fashion revival, with everything from flairs to flowers in the hair coming back in vogue.
The feathers are attached much like hair extensions with carotene wax. They can last for up to 2 months using a ‘hot fusion’ technique, but more commonly they will last for about 2 weeks depending on the method of attachment.
The fine feather fashion is rumoured to have began in Colorado and quickly spread to California, then across the Atlantic. The demand for saddle hackle hair-pieces is now so high that hairdressers are scouring fishing tackle suppliers across the globe.
The trend is proving most popular with teenagers and twenty-something women, but celebrities and trend-setters of all ages and genders are adopting the fashion.
Myley Cyrus, Hilary Duff and Steve Tyler are just some of the celebrities spotted with feathers in their fringe. As more famous fashion-mavens wear fetching feathers in the hair, I’m sure this fad for fishing tackle is far from over.