October 23, 2014

Fur-Out: Fur Hair Extensions

The author receiving her fur-out new hair accessory

I walked into X*  with a black and white feather hair extension, a trend that has swept San Francisco and has been responsible for many compliments sent my way. But I was ready to take the next step in wild hair embellishments and try something new: fur.

For that, I met with Hair Stylist Y**, who alone is bringing fur extensions ($15 for two pieces) onto the local hair scene. When I arrived at the salon, Y sat me down in her black leather chair and opened a case filled with hair goodies such as feathers, gems and, of course, the fur, which is the same chinchilla rabbit used to make fishing flies.

“Everyone loves it. I open this box and everyone’s like, ‘Oh my god!’” says Y.

And it’s no wonder, as the case is filled with a wide selection of colors, from neutral browns and grays for a more conservative adornment to purple and olive for the Burning Man-bound wild child.

If you feel overwhelmed by the selection, like I did, Y will place several options in your hair and throw in her feedback. I opted for the neutral brown with dark horizontal stripes, and Y whipped out her tools.

The pain-free process involves Y taking a strand of hair located above the neckline and pulling it and the fur through two circular beads and next clamps. It’s all done in a matter of 15 minutes or less.

Ever since, the fur has survived hot showers, blow drys, brushing and even a cut and color appointment. And according to Y, the fur can be curled and flat-ironed and should last about a month on average. For me, managing the fur has been so minimal that I even forget it’s there…until of course that inevitable compliment is again sent my way.

Fur extensions in a variety of colors

* and ** Editor’s Note: The SF Indie Fashion editorial team has removed identifying information for the salon and its stylist due to threats made against the business. The salon has since stopped offering the service. While it is against our editorial policy to remove content after publication, this post has been amended due to safety concerns for those originally mentioned in the post. Comments for this post have also been closed, and others that originally appeared have been removed due to their inappropriate content. We hope that SF Indie Fashion’s loyal readers understand our decision. We do not condone threats made against others for any reason and hope those who disagree with content on this site can find a more constructive method for communicating their views in the future.

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Full disclosure: extensions were gifted to us for use in this post. Though we don’t think that biases our judgment, we think it’s only good, fair reporting to let you know.
  • Kristen B

    Very disappointing. Fur is extremely unnecessary, cruel and in no way embodies the spirit of the San Francisco fashion scene which strives towards sustainable and ethical fashion. I normally love this blog, but it makes me very sad to see that you are promoting such a terrible practice without a second thought.
    I would encourage you to educate yourself about the horrors of fur farming.

    • http://sfindiefashion.com SF Indie Fashion

      Thanks for your comment Kristen. I have no doubt that many readers agree with you whole-heartedly. The ethics of fur in fashion are certainly worth debating and should be debated. Some consumers detest fur, others love it. Those of us at SF Indie Fashion fall on both sides of the fence, and we try hard to offer readers a wide variety of fashion view points, not only when it comes to fur, but also in terms of pricing, aesthetics and style. We definitely welcome readers’ opinions and are glad you added yours to the site.

      • http://www.plantmade.me plantmade

        You say your writers fall on both sides of the fence. What fence? This is not a debate on abortion, or the Iraq war, or our healthcare system – where there is much more of a fence. Please enlighten us on the justifications used by these people who “love” fur so much because I really don’t see what possible sound reasoning they have for believing that the horrors that the fur industry inflicts on millions of animals is ok – save for a selfish desire to be trendy. The thing is, real fur is getting less and less trendy (if trend is all you care about) and more and more designers are opting out of using the real thing because of the cruelty that occurs to produce it. And those designers who still use it constantly get heat for it – and not just from PETA.
        If you can’t live without the look of fur, look into all the faux furs that are out there. While even faux has arguments against it since it represents an approval of using animals for clothing, it’s still better than buying the real thing.
        Fur is cruel, tacky, and a great way to show just how ignorant and self-centered a person can be. And this post makes me really sad – for you and for the fashion conscious citizens of San Francisco who you purport to represent.
         
         

      • http://daniellegeist@gmail.com Danielle G

        Just because people might like it doesn’t mean it is ethically okay to promote it.

  • ian

    Absolutely repugnant. There is no excuse for fur, least of all in this application. I am horrified.

  • Gillian O’Neill

    This is disgraceful and disgusting and just highlights the attitudes of the fashion industry. Once again, receiving an ‘inevitable compliment’ with a ‘wild hair embellishment’ takes priority over ethics, humanity and an animals right to live. Read up on the fur farming industry, then ask yourself: Do I really want this product of torture in my hair?

  • Sara

    Please don’t use your blogging platform to promote the needless suffering of other creatures, regardless of where you personally stand on the issue.  There are so many amazing companies selling hair products, makeup, etc. that are 100% cruelty-free!  leapingbunny.org is a great place to start looking.

  • Megan

    Seriously?  What century is it again?  I feel nothing but pity for you, because the majority of people who realize that you are wearing a PIECE of a DEAD ANIMAL (probably raised in horrible conditions) in your hair will be repulsed.  Grow a heart.

  • Autumn

    At least fur coats, which are still inhumane and desgusting, have a purpose.
    Can we, as humans, get any lower than this?

  • meowmixsf

    The worst kind of tacky

  • Jessica

    Thanks for expressing your comments and concerns. This post, like all others on the site, was written with our mission in mind: to cover all facets of local fashion and beauty. In order to provide our readers with what we feel is the utmost professionalism in journalism, we cover all sides of fashion, including what some may consider unethical. I believe passion is an admirable quality and respect your opinions.

    • Megan

      “In order to provide our readers with what we feel is the utmost professionalism in journalism, we cover all sides of fashion, including what some may consider unethical.”
       
      Journalism made me do it!

    • http://www.plantmade.me plantmade

      Like kellygreen says, if you really want to “cover all sides of fashion” perhaps you should consider writing about how those extensions were “produced.” After all, you are striving for “the utmost professionalism in journalism.”

    • lila fowler

      Yes, like that hack Tim Gunn: http://www.peta.org/tv/videos/celebrities/86967624001.aspx. So unprofessional. He could really learn a thing or two from your coverage of all sides of an issue. Also, uh, this is a blog, right? Don’t tell me you think it’s a legit website because major lolz.
       

    • Kristen B

      The great thing about being a blogger, and especially a fashion blogger (I’m a fashion and lifestyle blogger myself), as opposed to a news reporter for say…the New York Times is that you are allowed to let your opinions shape your writing and your worldview can shine through your posts. No one reads lifestyle blogs expecting 100% unbiased reporting.
      I’m curious to know if SFIndieFashion would choose to knowingly promote a designer who uses child or slave labor, or would you quietly decide to just not to post about them? I’m certain the designer’s line would appeal to your readers, but could you really support such a terrible means of production? You don’t have to take write a post about how awful the designer is, or publicly ostracize them, just don’t post about it.

    • consider this

      You people have taken this too far. This is a fashion blog and this story isn’t about an issue — it is simply about a new service being offered in our city and is intended to inform those who may be interested. To say that the writer is in any way abandoning her role as a journalist is not only rude, but makes me wonder why you’re even on this site to begin with. I mean, obviously something about its content drew you in at some point. If you’re so interested in receiving the highest quality of news check in with the Associated Press or Reuters. Don’t hurt a human to defend a piece of a long-gone animal whose death or harm were by no means at the hands of the writer or salon.
      Also, I am a long time reader of the site and know they have posted about important environmental issues in fashion and beauty. I’m sure the writers of SF Indie Fashion would have loved your enthusiasm then.
       

      • oh come on

        Consider this, I am just as bothered as you are when a brief blog post is chastised for not being the freakin’ New York Times.  I think that’s a bullshit argument from people who don’t get how blogging works. But I must point out that it was the author of this post brought up journalism, not we people.
        If Jessica had said what you quite reasonably noted, that “gosh, y’all, this is just  a post on ‘a new service being offered in our city and is intended to inform those who may be interested,’” I think that might have been a far less incendiary response than saying “In order to provide our readers with what we feel is the utmost professionalism in journalism, we cover all sides of fashion, including what some may consider unethical.”
        But if Jessica’s going to argue that her post was motivated by a desire to “provide our readers with what we feel is the utmost professionalism in journalism,” then I think it’s fair to hold this post to even minimum standards of journalistic behavior.

  • JB

    I can’t believe you guys are getting so worked up about this. Did you actually read the article? It clearly states that these are used for fly-fishing, meaning they are used to harm/kill other animals and NOT made specifically for fashion. And you think this is tacky? what would you prefer, a North Face vest layered over your alma mater’s T-shirt?
    “I say it’s about fucking time SF is whipping out some trendy shit like this.” —Anna Wintour
     

    • http://www.plantmade.me plantmade

      Believe it or not, the fact that these are used for fly fishing to kill other animals doesn’t make those of us who don’t like hurting animals feel any better about these extensions. We can totally start talking about why fishing sucks too if you’d like. And it’s not rocket science to figure out that demand for a product, no matter from what industry, if still demand. And, in this case, more demand means more animals killed.

    • Robin

      Did *you* actually read the article?  It “clearly” states nothing of the sort, instead just saying that the fur “is the same chinchilla rabbit used to make fishing flies.”
      It doesn’t say these extensions are also used for fly fishing, nor does it “clearly state” that these extensions are *not* made for fashion.

      Before you call people out for not reading an article, I suggest you read it yourself. (Note to Ms. Velez: if it was your intention to communicate that you did, indeed, get fishing flies woven into your hair, I do believe that’s worth adding to your piece — JB is right in that some might be less bothered by this practice were they to know that the salon is repurposing pre-made fishing flies, as opposed to creating these for this singular use.)

      In any case, JB if you think Anna or Andre or Hamish or Grace would dig this (be they fishing flies or otherwise), I suspect you read Vogue about as closely as you read this article.
       

  • Yell

    Agreed. The strips of fur are ugly and bulky. I don’t see anything attractive with it.
     
    At least the feathers people are wearing in their hair are cute, light, attractive, and not too intrusive. These fur strips are UGLY!

  • kram

    Wearing animal skins in one’s hair is cruel for the animal who had no choice to sit in your hair.
    Note to trendies, fashionistas and everyone else “Just because you *can* do something for the sake of fashion, that doesnt mean it should be done, nor does it mean it should be reported”
     
     

  • Lisa

    As an animal-lover and a vegan, I was horrified when I read this article, but surprised and relieved to read all of the comments condemning the use of fur. There are soooo many places that $15 could have gone, and so many more worthy causes you could be promoting than frivolous fashion “innovations” and animal torture.

  • mr. knife

    Hell ya, send me a pic I been wanting one of those!