Large Dread Beads
Yeah it is really hard to find large hole beads when the locs get so thick. Some macrame beads work. I have some bone beads with larger holes, not as large as fingers though. pm me if you want some pics.
That hat fresh for sure, but likely wouldn't fit you for long anyway. It is felted which would hold together well, but you would probably get some shedding from it. Not really enough to be a big deal I don't think. Not all wool is scratchy. It just depends on how its spun and finished.
Sorry I can't really help you with a source. I have order from some ppl online, but the hats were pricy and just ok. Nothing I would recommend.
FYI the type of hat in the picture is more like a bucket hat, if you go for that style, make sure it will be big enough for your hair. I love my brown wool bucket hat, but cant wear it anymore...just wont fit. For tams look for a drawstring once your locs get long.
My hair is a bit longer than yours, but yours looks long enough. Sorry I don't have a pic handy but I will describe what I often do.
I divide my hair from ear to ear across the top of my head, as if making a pony tale with the top part and leaving the rest down.
I take the top section of hair and wrap it around itself like a bun and secure with a large elastic twice.
I then take the hair that is down and separate it in half vertically on the back of my head, one portion over each shoulder hanging in the front.
I twist each of these sections gently and crisscross the sections in the front of the bun.
I wrap the section around the bun and tie them together. I then tuck in any loose ends.
Then I either wear it like that or add a hair wrap or scarf.
It would be a good style for prom, since then you can accent it with flowers or crystals or whateer will match your look.
Hope my directions were clear enough to understand. I will see if I have a picture handy.
I had some red clay years ago. It was packaged, but said air dry. I made beads out of it and loved them. Then I painted them and made jewelry and even sold a few. The beads ended up breaking. Not crumbling. but they would break with very slight pressure. I would do some research and see what kind of temp. you would need for it to cure. Could be something a fire pit would do or maybe a handheld torch.
I know it was some people on this site that was making the beads out of tree branches and selling them on etsy. I just did a search there and did not find them. Maybe if you search this site it will come up? They were very cool looking. Also, some people were making beads out of wine corks. Cool idea, just not sure how well it would hold up. I'm sure if you ask around on the site, some one would know.
you are most welcome for the info. My shop is on vacation since I am heading out of town. But you can see pictures on my site listed above. I will be back on in about 10 days or so.
I do remove most of my hair decor when I wash, once a week also. Tonight happens to be that night and I just took out all of my lovlies. I do have a few tiny shells and turquoise and gemstone beads sewn into my hair with clear thread. But they are tiny and are there for me and not really for decoration. Those stay in, but do not hinder the drying process.
I make my loc jewelry and do sell it. I made it with wire so it stays in securely but is easily removable.
You can use so many different things for your loc decorations.
Looking at my little pile here, I have one sterling silver finger ring from Peru...seriously best place ever.
2 bone beads, one dark and carved and one used to be brown buy has faded...might need to change that one out.
2 toe rings, cool cause they are adjustable.
and 4 of my own design loc jewelry.
Plus about 5-7 small gemstones, carnelian, emerald, turquoise, quartz, amethyst and 2 shells. All sewn in.
If you want to look at my stuff, my website is listed in my profile. Just trying to be considerate about self promotion.
Plus there are some people on here who are making the coolest beads out of tree branches. I love them, but have had funny experiences with the energy from wood. Weird, I know.
very cool. Maybe post some pics with them in your hair?