New feather hair trend upsets US fishermen

LOS ANGELES

Salons all over the country are now putting feathers in women's hair. They sell for about $5 to $10 a strand and are typically the long, skinny rooster feathers fishermen use to make lures.

But fishermen coast to coast say the fashion statement doesn't fly with them. Tackle and bait shops can't keep the feathers in stock now.

The feathers are not easy to come by in the first place. They come from roosters that are genetically bred and raised for their plumage. In most cases, the birds do not survive the plucking.

As hair extensions, the feathers can be brushed, blow dried, straightened and curled once they are snapped into place. The trend has become so popular a company online even sells feather extensions for dogs.

The fishermen say the feathers are for attracting fish and not to be used as hair ornaments.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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