Feather Extension Style Guide : Looks for Short Hair April 13 2014
Welcome to our Style Guide! This guide is for those with stylish short hair.
We offer a few different kinds of feather extensions here at One Fine Day. If you have short hair, you have the greatest versatility to work with all of them.
A quick note about length:
The average feather of the long skinny type measures 8.5 - 13 inches (21.5 cm - 33 cm). The best way to trim a long feather is from the top. This will do no damage to the quill, and it will keep the ends nice and sharp. If you do find a need to trim from the bottom, try a soft rounded edge with your scissors. This looks much nicer than a straight-across cut, and it's much easier to do than a sharp pointed end. You can also check out our fluffy feathers which are naturally shorter, and a great fit for shorter lengths.
Look #1: Skinny Feather Fringe Frame ~
You will need about 5-10 long loose feathers for this look. You will also need some hair ties or clips, a brush or comb, the included micro rings and application loop, and a pair of pliers to crimp the rings with.You'll also need a mirror (or a friend ;-p)
1) Part at the side. Decide where you would like your style parted for normal wear. Create a part here. Now, we will want to add our rings 1-2 cm over from where this final part will lie, so that our natural part will hide the rings when finished. Once you've decided where your final part will go, do another part just 1-2 cm over from that one (towards the side where you want your feathers to go). This is where we will be working.
2) Now we can pick our first attachment point. Towards the front of the new part, pick out a strand of hair a few millimetres thick. Use the included application loop to put a ring on this strand. Once it's on, push the ring up about half a centimetre from the scalp.
3)Place 1 or 2 feathers in the ring. We want to trim these to the correct length before we crimp, and the best place to trim is from the top of the feathers. Pull the feathers up through the ring, until the length hanging below is as short as you'd like. We will be trimming off this excess after we crimp.
4)Make sure the feathers are facing outwards. Angle the ring and feathers to the side, so they sit naturally in the direction you want them to go. Keep it about 1/2 cm from the scalp. You shouldn't feel it pulling on your hair at all. If it's pulling, take out the ring and re-angle it to try again. Make sure it is comfortable. Now crimp the ring flat with your pliers, and trim off all the excess sticking out the top of the ring. And that's it for this step. Rings can be removed by just crimping the opposite direction.
5) You can do this 1 or 2 more times, depending on how many feathers you want. Simply move back a little behind the first ring, and place the next ring a centimetre or so further down the part. These feathers can be longer than the front ones. Simply repeat step 2 with another ring. If you're doing more rings, the shortest lengths should be in the front, and the longest in the back. And that's it for the attachments!
5) Once everything is in place, simply go back to your original part, which should now cover up your ring attachment points. Use a hair straightener if possible, to angle and smooth the feathers into your style. A little hairspray, mousse, or gel might help keep things in place.
Look #2: Big Fluffy Feathers ~
You will need anywhere from 1-10 short fluffy feathers. Clusters always look great, but you can place as many or as few as you like in each ring. You will also need some hair ties or clips, a brush or comb, the included micro rings and application loop, and a pair of pliers to crimp the rings with.You'll also need a mirror (or a friend ;-p ).
1) First we must decide where to place our feathers. Fluffy feathers require a bit of tactful placement, because the fluffy bit at the top can stick out if placed in the wrong area. The best place for fluffy, short feathers, is lower down on the head, or deep underneath a layer of hair. The central sides of the head, or behind the ear are ideal spots for fluffy feathers, as these areas blend the feather tops into your style and prevent them from standing out. Decide on a nice spot in these areas that works for you.
2) If you are going along the sides of your head, part horizontally along the chosen point. Clip or tie the upper half of the part out of the way. Pick out a few millimetres of hair to attach to. If you are going behind the ear, pick out a few millimetres of hair first, and then clip or tie the rest of your hair out of the way.
3) Use the application loop to place a micro ring onto the chosen strand. Place a feather (or a few feathers) into the ring. Make sure they are facing outwards. Angle the ring with your natural hair angle so it sits naturally. This is particularly important if you're doing the sides of your head, as a ring that's angled wrong will stick out and pull on your hair. Gently angle it so it hangs naturally.
4) Use the pliers to crimp the ring tightly down. Fluffy feathers have thick quills, so it's important to have a nice and strong crimp to keep them from sliding down.
5) Repeat the above steps until you have as many feathers as you'd like. You can make a new part below the first one to add fresh layers, or follow the original part and place some feathers behind the first ones. Remember to avoid placing fluffys along the top of the head, as they tend to stick out and look odd due to the angle in this area.
And that's it, done! The feathers will stay up to 6 months, but you can take them out at any time simply by crimping the ring the other way with the pliers. Enjoy your playful new look!