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Articles > Life December, 09, 2011

Feather Ray

Ellie Slee
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As soon as my little sister was born, my mother started stocking up on matching outfits. These varied from the wholly acceptable (Nan-crafted tartan dresses with white collars and white tights) to the completely and utterly awful (waistcoat and leggings sets covered in pink upscaled rhododendrons). There is a long standing joke in our family that she drove me to a life in fashion. Not only that, but her stringent clothing rules meant that I never had frilly socks with Belle from Beauty and the Beast on them. I never owned a mini glittery lipgloss. Nor did I have pink sparkly party dresses, nail varnish, my ears pierced, my hair in anything other than a very long plait. But now that I live several hundred miles away, earn my own money and buy my own clothes, I am allowed to do all of the things I was banned from as a child. I have all of the things listed above in abundance. My once-curbed inner seven year old reaches out and grabs anything she likes. It doesn’t matter what it is. My bedroom is absolutely crammed with JEWELS and RIBBONS and FURS and SEQUINS and BEADS and LACE. And, ever the weird woman child magpie, I have recently introduced something else to the mix. It might be the thing that the crazy inner seven year old likes the best.

FEATHERS!

Feather RayNot just feathers though. Hair feathers. Feather hair extensions to be precise, from the absolutely fabulous Ro Greene at Feather Ray. Those bad boys didn’t exist when I was seven, but if they did, far from putting them on the blacklist, I think my mum would probably have sat down and got some herself. They are literally the most ingenius, cost efficient way of making yourself look about 800% cooler in 0-60 seconds. Real, exotic feathers that come in every single colour you can think of – petrol blues, hot pinks, tie dyed pastels, and natural birdy hues – and stay in your hair for at least two months. Because they’re 100% natural, you can curl, straighten, wash and blow dry them, and they can be taken out and reapplied at will. Not only that… but prices start at £3 a feather online at www.featherray.com, whilst the gorgeous Feather Ray team will be hitting Topshop Oxford Circus this festive season, befeathering stylish lads and ladies in time for Father Christmas. I implore you to get down there and meet them – these guys are the best thing to happen to hair since Mason Pearson.

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  1. Ben

    “…I never owned a mini glittery lipgloss. Nor did I have pink sparkly party dresses, nail varnish, my ears pierced, my hair in anything other than a very long plait”

    I suspect your mum was an early exponent of what MumsNet now package as the “Let Girls Be Girls campaign”. It’s sometimes a thin line between letting your 6 year old dress and play and letting your 6 year old practice becoming a WAG. Erring on the side of caution might be the wisest policy. I suspect you’ve not turned into a WAG, so your mum dun good! And I suspect the mums of WAGs encouraged their little girls to own mini glittery lipgloss, wear nail varnish, pierce their ears, and ask Santa for pink hair extensions. It’s just not right for 6 year olds. Note — Hamleys have a whole floor dedicated to this crap, targeting 4 year olds and up! Giving children — girls and boys — a space to grow up without adult concerns — or the desire to ape adults — is surely a great gift. Your mum deserves an extra kiss this Xmas!

  2. Jacqueline

    ‘As soon as my little sister was born, my mother started stocking up on matching outfits’

    I’m not sure if that’s adorable or terrifying!