New Fashion Trend or Old Item Repurposed?

New Fashion Trend or Old Item Repurposed?

I think it is great that young girls are given so many ways of expressing their individuality through new and exciting fashion trends.

That being said..

A friend and I took our kids to the movies Friday night and I noticed that an awful amount of tweens had what looked like feathers in their hair.  Everywhere I turned, more feathers.  Blue feathers, white feathers, long feathers and short. 

I couldn't help but be curious, so I asked one of the girls what exactly it was.  She informed me that it is actually a "feather extension" and all of her friends wear them.  Scrap the individuality, I guess.

They seemed awfully familiar, these feathers dangling from what appeared to be leather straps.

 I have seen these someplace before, but I couldn't quite place it.  Just then my friend turned to me and said...

"It's a damn roach clip from the 80's!!" 

Then it hit me.  I almost peed my pants.  That is EXACTLY what it was. 

If you were a tween in the 80's then you probably clipped them on to your Vidal Sasoons or wore them in your hair.  We had no idea what a roach was other than the bug type.  Looking back, I wonder what my mother thought of my collection of "roach clips" hanging from my dresser top and adorning my hair. 

It looked silly back then and yep, still looks silly now.  I am pretty sure the feathers used for our roach clips were inexpensive and ordinary.  Nowadays, the feathers being used to grace the locks of celebrities and teens everywhere are "hackels" which are feathers that are on a rooster's backside.  Apparently, the roosters are being bred for their long tail feathers and then the roosters are killed in order to harvest them. 

Cue PETA...

So kids are paying astronomical amounts of money to mimic celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Ke$ha in order to wear a rooster's butt feathers in their hair?  What will they think of next?

I'm headed straight to the attic boxes to try to find some of those old feathered roach clips and unload them on ebay before the trend is over.

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