Feather Hair Extensions Are Angering... Fishermen?!
You know when a beauty trend really flares tempers in the farming and fishing industry? Hmm no? Well, then, hold onto your hats (and hair). It turns out that the still-going-strong trend of feather hair extensions has pitted stylish women against fly fisherman across the country.
Wallet-savvy fashionistas (and fashionistos, thanks to Steven Tyler) have turned the tackle shop industry on its ear in their quest to get plumes for their DIY versions of the popular hair accessories. In classic Econ 101 reasoning, the spike in demand has led to sky-rocketing prices, and an overall shortage of fly fishing feathers, called hackles. (Who knew fishermen liked to rhyme so much?)
As a Seattle Times article revealed, fishing folk are fuming that feather packages, originally priced around $60, are now going for a whopping $200 to $400. And fisherman waiting to get their fly back on shouldnt hold their breath for more anytime soon: The feathers come from a special breed of rooster and take a year to grow to full length. PETA people, take note, most roosters are euthanized as part of the plucking process.
Still looking to score some of these valuable feathers without a visit to your salon? Go incognito. Hairdressers and DIYers around the country have reportedly been eyed suspiciously and questioned extensively about their plume-y purchases. Talk about female discrimination!