A blogpost about my hair, yes. Because I get so many questions about it and my hair is rather complicated to explain it in one sentence..! I have real dreads, but I also wear fake oneís. I dye my hair but not all of it and I have long undreaded hair, short undreaded hair and then thereís the real dreads, and the fakes, and the tentacles and the magic. My hair is so big because itís full of secrets.
How do you wear your dreads?
My own hair is dreaded and I attach synthetic & wool dreadextensions with them. Before I had real dreads, I wore fakeys in Ďdreadfalls'; a ponytail of dreads which is easy to tie around a bun. Easy to take in and easy to take out! Wore this style for yeaaars and years before I got the real dreads!
Lots of people also braid in their dreads. Thereís a couple of different techniques you can use when braiding in, but I like to use this method when you basically make a braid with 2 strands of hair, and the dread counts as the 3rd strand. I donít have a tutorial for that, but there are loads to find on YouTube!
Your hair needs to be atleast 6cm to braid in dreads.
I change my hair, or actually my fake hair, really often, sometimes every week! A lot of people think that takes ages, because braiding in dreadlocks really does take up a few hours, depending on the length and texture of your hair. But nope, it only takes 10 minutes for me to change my hair color without dye!
Because I have real dreads, itís easy to loop fake dreads around the roots, to add more volume and color. I only have 14 dreadlocks on my head, because of my massive undercut (shaved haircut) all the way around my head.
Hereís a video on how I attach fake dreads to my real oneís:
This method will unfortunately not work on undreaded hair. The texture of the (real) dreads will prevent the fake oneís to slip out. Undreaded hair will be too smooth, youíd have to braid them in or wear dreadfalls in order to wear dread-extensions!
My real dreads are made by my best friend Zombiesenn, she first made parts, so that my hair was equally divided into 14 strands, backcombed each strand and then knotted my hair with a crocheted hook. Thereís more ways to start real dreads, but NEVER use any products, such as wax in them, as this will get caught up inside of the dreads and eventually rot (gross!!). Itís also a myth that you canít wash your hair with dreads; I wash my hair weekly! Itís recommended to use special dreadlock-shampoos with no chemicals in it, to prevent that awfull dread-rot. My favorite dread-shampoo is from DreadsUK !
You can wash synthetic dreads in a bucket with (warm, NOT hot!) water and some detergent, while the dreads are uninstalled. I suggest not to get your fakeys wet in the shower, as they can get crazy heavy, since they kinda work like sponges!
I personally own ALOT of dreadextensions by different dreadmakers, and lots of people ask me who to recommend. Thereís a list of dreadmakers Iíve worked with in the past on my Facebook page, under the ĎLikes of this pageí tab, but it also depends on what youíre looking for! Every dread-artist specializes in different dread-styles. Thereís smooth, thick, thin, wavy, curly, crocheted. Wool dreads and synthetic dreads.
Do you make and sell dreads?
Nope! I have a lot of lovely sponsors I work with and many of them are dread-artists!