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Birds of a Feather

Who says feathers are just for hair (and, well, birds, of course)? Not resourceful nail techs, who adapt the feather hair extensions craze to nail extensions. Here’s how.

Feather extensions for hair are such a hot trend, but why should hairstylists have all the fun? Inventive nail techs have been experimenting with using feathers on clients’ nails too — with striking and colorful results.

Nail tech Abby Metallic of Paryse’s Hair Extensions N Cosmetics in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, shares her step-by-step for creating these trendy nails. “I came across the idea of feather nails by working with two of my friends who own their own business making feather hair extensions and supplying over 300 salons.” (Her friends’ company is Feather Girlz by Jammin’ Jewelry,, which is happy to sell nail techs feathers for these nails.) Metallic charges C$50 (U.S. $48) for a set of feather nails. In addition to the feathers, you’ll need clear UV gels to create these nails. Metallic uses Gel-ous brand’s Flexi and Diamond Sealer.


1. Prep the nails, either with or without tips (shown with tips).


2. Apply Gel-ous Flexi first step gel to the nails. Don’t cure yet.


3. Let the client pick out the first feather, then use a manicure stick to apply it to the nail.


4. Carefully cut the feather at the free edge.


5. Use the manicure stick to straighten out the feather. Do this for all 10 nails. (Tip: Use different colors and patterns of feather on each nail to create a fun and funky overall look.)


6. Flash cure the nails in a UV lamp for 15 seconds. Apply Gel-ous Diamond Sealer gel to the nails. Cure for two minutes. Remove the sticky residue.

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