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Amazon Links to Supplies

Vendor List:

www.moonlightfeather.com – great collection of feather hair extensions (as well as craft feathers), quick, AA feathers.

www.featheremporium.com – Dave has been doing this for decades and is an incredible small business owner. He has the most extensive collection of feathers on the market and was also prominent during its spike in 2012. The website is outdate but he is old-school, highly recommend for the BEST quality feathers in the game. AAA Feathers.

http://featherlily.com/ – I have only heard of them, I have never used them. Appear to be a great provider!

All referrals are shop at your own risk, these are just my personal recommendations!

Tips & Tricks

  • Don’t double bead, this is clunky and overkill. Just practice!
  • Silicone lined micro links open and close way easier than non-lined, stick to the lined.
  • Non-silicone lined beads are only great for bang feathers or at the end if you are “dropping” feathers.
  • Snip the top of the feathers off after crimping to keep it from poking your clients scalp
  • Keep it .5″ an inch away from the scalp, too close will cause a bumble under the hair and your feathers to poke out in a funny way. Place it slightly down (.5″ from scalp” and give it a light crimp first to make sure it lies flat before crimping closed all the way).
  • Use a fresh bead each time to keep it tight.
  • Feathers will grow out with hair, they can easily be readjusted by opening the bead, sliding the feathers back up and crimping shut.
  • It is completely normal for hair to fall out if you move/readjust a set of feathers, this is normal hair that has naturally shed (instead of landing on our shower walls, it’s stuck in the bead – don’t freak out if hair comes off when you switch it up).
  • Feathers will eventually get greasy after months of wear especially if your customers wear lots of products. Feathers can be re-fluffed and brought back to their beautiful original state by ‘steaming’. Simply holding them over a steaming kettle (at the nozzle) to revive them.
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  • Be gentle with straighteners. Pulling with hot heat will snap feathers, so straighten and curl gently.
  • These can be washed, blow-dried, curled, straightened etc.
  • Hair dye is known to transfer into feathers and change their color, keep this mind if you or your clients have colored hair.
  • You do NOT need a special tool to open links, watch my horrifyingly embarrassing video to see how a normal pair of pliers opens them just fine.


This one is almost too embarrassing to share, I uploaded it with a terrible phone quality camera in 2012. It does go over how I would do it with pulling wire!