Beauty How-To

Beauty Decoder: Learn How to Pull Off Feather Hair

Hannah Johnson pirouettes to pretty in the season’s avian-accented waves

Our beauty columnist at the Extension Room in Toronto

Our beauty columnist at the Extension Room in Toronto

Decoder-InspirationNo, I didn’t forget the “ed” at the end; the new version of feathered hair is literal. As seen on Marchesa’s spring runway, soft waves were awisp with floaty ostrich feathers to go with the catwalk’s muted lingerie dresses and ribbon details. It was the idyllic picture of Swan Lake dancers off-duty, freeing themselves from the strictness of onstage chignons.

When I was a little girl, I desperately wanted to be a ballerina, but in truth, I was more enamoured with the tulle costumes and dramatic makeup than with the physical challenge (hence my current acting pursuits). I now admire the delicate leaps and bounds from the audience. The Marchesa look is fitting for an evening spent in the plush, darkened rows of, if not the Royal Opera House of my dreams, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for the National Ballet’s limited run of Swan Lake from January 30 to February 1. (Look out for an encore Toronto engagement mid-March.)



step11. Brush hair into a deep side part and scrunch in texturizing spray to create soft, beachy waves. The slight grit is the ideal base for attaching ostrich feathers (which you can find by the inch at Plumule via Etsy).

step22. Trim your plumage into half-inch strips. Gather a two-inch section of hair above the temple opposite your part. Place one feather bunch underneath, securing with a small, clear hair elastic.

step33. Continue adding in strips sporadically along the side opposite your part, ensuring feathers peek out from beneath to hide the base. Finish with a fine-mist hairspray for lasting hold.Screen shot 2014-01-28 at 9.45.14 AM

The Buys: Plumule Ostrich Thrill Feather Trim, $4.50/4”; Stylize No Snag Hair Elastics (mini clear), $5/pack of 52; Schwarzkopf osis+ Session Label Salt Spray, $21.50

Watch the step-by-step video below!