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Hey, phriends...Well, I've noticed something odd.  My dreads at this point have reached...well...I'm calling it nipple-length.  Some are longer than others, but generally, that is how long they've grown.  I have two issues... 

A.  They aren't very full when I tie them back.  I guess that's normal, but I'm not sure.  I'm loving the big, full updos I see here all the time, though, when I pull mine back, I just get a smaller bun.  I don't have pictures of my own results with this at the moment, though.  I have noticed it's getting harder to contain a bun of all my hair with one hand though, so that's pretty exciting...But It just isn't very big.  Not really so small if I work it just right, but it still lacks that OOMPH, if y'know what I mean.

B.  When I put them up in a ponytail, I have a somewhat similar issue...No OOMPH. 

Of course the girl in this photo has way more hair than I do, but I just can't get mine to have the same appearance when I pull it back.

She's just got that EFFORTLESS look about it! And it's about the same story with a friend of mine who has dreads...And hers are closer to the model's size/length...What am I doing wrong?

If you'd like to see how my dreads look, the newest pics on my page are only about 6 months old.  Sorry I have no actual examples of how mine look when I try this.

C. Yeah, I also have an issue with wrapping.  I'm not sure if I have enough hair for a wrap, but conventional pony tail holders/headbands are TOO SMALL for my hair at this point! They're breaking and squeezing against my head, etc.  I also have issues concerning whether or not I'm even ready for a wrap...

Generally, my dreads have more of a lion's mane look to them, instead of the cascading flow like the model.  Not sure what to do about any of this.  Thanks for all your help!

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i'm not even sure her dreads are completely real. i've seen a technique on youtube where they add synthetic hair to the persons own hair as they're creating the loc. i'll have to look for the video. 

i'm personally not a fan of this look. it lacks personality. i saw your pictures and yours are one hundred times better than these:)

When you pull your hair up and back how tightly are you doing it? I can make my hair look like hers (to a degree, my dreads are not that fat or fluffy) but I can also make my hair look pretty much like I don't even have dreads.

Do you pull on the top and sides when you put your hair up?

My method for grabbing my hair into a pony tail is to lean my head back until my hair is falling in the direction I want my ponytail to sit...I don't know how to make that make sense...Like if you want it to sit on the crown of your head you lean way back until your crown is facing the floor. If you want it on top of your head lean forward...yeah...

But yeah..lean back and then grab the hair, not right at the scalp but an inch or so away from it, and put the hair tie there.

I find this way gives me the most volume with the least effort. It also works if you are using dreads to tie your hair.

I'm not sure what you mean by not being ready for dread wraps. You mean the long cloth headband things? How can you not be ready? Just cut up an old T-shirt and give it a whirl!

Oh, and I agree with Heather and Cherie. Something smells fishy about this girls hair. I would be shocked if it was her own. With the way the hair near her ears looks I'm kind of thinking it's a wig. In which case there is nothing effortless about this look because it was completely manufactured!

If her dreads are real, her hair must be made of cotton wool or something. They look suspiciously too fluffy. Anyway, I have the same problem I guess. I have so much loose hair that when I try to do anything with it, styling-wise, it just looks like a mess rather than any style. I wouldn't mind, but everyone else seems to be able to pull it off nicely :\ maybe it's because they're not as mature yet? I dunno.


That's what I was thinking too Tara. Marshmallow dreads. They look too fluffy and too pure white.
Tara C said:

If her dreads are real, her hair must be made of cotton wool or something. They look suspiciously too fluffy. Anyway, I have the same problem I guess. I have so much loose hair that when I try to do anything with it, styling-wise, it just looks like a mess rather than any style. I wouldn't mind, but everyone else seems to be able to pull it off nicely :\ maybe it's because they're not as mature yet? I dunno.

Yea I think that is bad photo to compare your dreads to honestly.. I am pretty sure those aren't real and if they are that girl has some crazy thick hair and lots of it. I would love if my dreads would be thicker as well but they won't ever be.

This is a picture of my first set of dreads at 4 yr old.
http://www.dreadlockssite.com/photo/000-0016-01?context=user

They were all bundled up and as a plain ponytail they were at least half the size at where the ponytail holder goes. The picture above is very unrealistic. They look too fluffy so are probably just done and I don't believe thay are real hair..

Most people wont be able to create a look even remotely close to that. Your not doing anything wrong it is just your hair type. Once your dreads get longer you can fake thickness by wrapping pieces around certain ways with updos but that is about it...

those look complete;y fake in fact im betting they arent even attached to her head but that band instead..looks like a wig

they look like wool not hair

i gotta agree your dreads are a  a hell of alot sexier  and look way more real



Apryl said:

Thank you very much.  <3  I agree...I instantly assumed when I found the picture that they were probably fakes. 

Heather said:

i'm not even sure her dreads are completely real. i've seen a technique on youtube where they add synthetic hair to the persons own hair as they're creating the loc. i'll have to look for the video. 

i'm personally not a fan of this look. it lacks personality. i saw your pictures and yours are one hundred times better than these:)

Easy T-shirt wrap:

Lay tshirt flat. Cut off bottom. Don't worry about making it super straight. Doesn't matter. You now have a t-shirt tube.

Lay the tshirt tube flat so you have a rectangle (2 layers on top of each other).

Start cutting across the shirt at an angle. From bottom left to top right, top right to top left, etc. Just pick a corner and cut to the opposite one.

Voila. A quick and dirty headband. Pull the ends and the edges will roll, you will barely notice that it's not perfectly even.

I made about a dozen of these. They're long enough for me to use as a headband and tie my hair back at the same time.

I'm pretty sure her dreads are fake.  I've made enough of them to pick out the signs (whether or not they are add on's or all fake is hard to tell since they are so white.)

Oops. Forgot to mention that when you cut on the angle ONLY CUT THE TOP LAYER!

That's a rather important step!

I agree with you all, this does not look real or attractive. To me it looks contrived, not effortless at all.

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