I guess I am just writing this down so I don't forget. Using synthetic hair is a challenge. The type I'm using is still attached to the wig, so I don't have to worry about using any elastic. (I'd be lost if I did!)Here is what I've done to achieve what I have so far, with a pre-made, synthetic (non-human) hair wig:1. Brush the wig as you normally would as if you'd be putting it on your head and wearing it. Use aerosol spray sold at your local supply store to "soften" the hair, as it is naturally thicker than human hair. You want it as thin and manageable as possible.2. Begin by separating, using about a pencil width of hair at a time.3. Backcomb.
Do NOT over do it. Do not pull the hair(s) too rough, nor be too afraid. The idea is to get it puffy, not to maintain it's straightness.4. Work from one side to the other, in layers. Layering is very important, and do not dread all of it, because then where the extensions are attached will be visible to anyone who looks at your head! With a wig, dreading all of it will make it look like extended spider legs, so be sure to layer, keeping 70% dreads, the other 30% straight. (It sounds odd, it's not--- trust me!)5. This is new and up to you: I use tiny, tiny bands at the base (root) to keep the dread from unraveling. Remember, this hair will NOT grow. Chances are, you will have to heat seal it using a blow dryer or soaking it in boiling water in order for it to smooth the dreads and make them look their best. Even with the greatest amount of back combing, some pieces are just stubborn! And because it doesn't grow, you will have to maintain it in all likelihood, by occasionally doing a little bit of combing.6. Don't be afraid to try on your dreads. I highly, highly and strongly advise against using any type of wax, even if its clear. If you want the dreads to maintain the strength, a water based (more malleable, non-sticky) pomade is a good option, plus it gets rid of the sometimes irritating "wig" smell. (I used "Men's Grooming Pomade by Christophe" and I found it @ CVS.) The tips are tricky, those have a tendency to unravel after you've worn them awhile, and this is natural. Again, applying glue or anything like that would be a death sentence. It will NEVER come out of synthetic hair. Just flow with it! Be creative!
7. Since this is all experimental, don't fear trying something new! Just remember, synthetic hair is completely different to work with as opposed to human hair (which will be my next, AFTER I successfully finish this piece!) It is resistant to dye and every hair product except those made for "synthetic hair pieces."So far, I am happy with the results. I am near completion, and have not yet decided whether or not I want to leave in the bands or remove them. This hair is quite stubborn. And since its "fake" no product in the world is going to work. It could do more damage than good. But all in all, it has taken me three days to dread almost a full head of synthetic hair (wig). Here are some before and after pictures below to illustrate. Same wig.Before:
:)PS: This is also a great option if you don't know if you are ready to dread your hair yet, or simply want to try something different, either for one night, a week or until your hair grows out to where it needs to be to start dreading it. You may find that you love it (like me) or maybe you want a different color that accentuates your face better. So, that's how I did mine. =] Thanks Bonnie, for re-awakening my interest in dreads!!Love,~Juno (aka Bethany)
so i just had real human dreaded hair extentions crocheted to my dreads,i ve done them myself in order not to use wax or nasty stuff to my dreads..thats not love..no..noo.on the second day of crocheting them in the fell off,well,some of them.Sice i didnt use any product..so i decided to use thread as a decoration and to help my locks stay together until the hair knots up...now in need to wash my dreads...d you think it would be safe D:?i mean would they say in place?i need help ..gahh.lovelovelove bredrens and sistrens =]
I got my hair backcombed back in apr 2008. I did not really know much about dreads other than from when i had it in my hair back in 2006, but back then they fell out after 3 months and it became straight hair again. So during my time in Iceland i got an idea to try having dreads again, i sort of missed them, but this time i wanted them to be there permanen. Back then this site was not even thought of so i tried out with a lot of natural beeswax and melted it in to a big area of all the dreads, the result being really sharp and heavy dreads, sort of the stiffness of a candle, but permanent they where; and still are. Today they sort of grow thicker and thicker because of all the melted beeswax =0). I have not added any after april 2008, now they have taken a life of their own, and the beeswax slow gets out.
By Daryl Brandon, 2010-05-20
Alright, the First Post was kinda like an intro.
Now, i'm going to pick some brains.
My hair is weird.
I'm half Black and Half White, and my hair is like no other.
It looks like similar to some hair, but it's got a personality unlike any other.
It's never obeyed for more than an hour.
I tried everything when I was younger.
Straightening, Cornrows, even when I wanted it to do what it did, it seemed to find a way to do the opposite.
Well, as you can guess, i'm here to learn how to dread.
I know about the crap I bought and I respect my hair enough to refuse to use it.
So this is where i'm at.
I hired a Loctician to do my hair, we backcombed it, (My hair NEEDS the push)
rubber banded it to start the Lock, and i'm going to start meeting with the Loctician every couple of weeks to get the dreads looked at.
I know that most of you guys like completely natural growing dreads and that's awesome, but I like to make a path for them, you know?
Me and my hair have been through alot. (people throwing gum in it, people taunting me for having it, etc.)
I've learned alot about my hair and my hair is a valuable companion to me.
and as such I take special care of it ALL the time.
I want to find out how people with difficult to tame hair manage to dread theirs.
Tips on what to use when Backcombing.
What Shampoo is best to help Lock and clear bacteria.
What I can do to keep my scalp moisturized.
How I can keep my scalp from being oily.
Basically, what can I do to Keep my Dreadlocks super Clean>?
By Daryl Brandon, 2010-05-19
Well me and my hair have always been close.So much so that it was what people defined me by.I was the dude with the 'Fro.Then I became the dude who looked like Corbin Bleu...Meh, it's always stuck by me, and i've always been a bit overprotective of it.It's gotten me chicks, conversation, friends, pretty much anything I wanted...Til High School ended and I needed to find a job.So about two years ago I decided to end the relationship.It was fun while it lasted, but it was time to move onto other things.I cut my hair, kept it short for a while and went on with life, started making money and everything was good for a time.Now i'm kinda done with my job and making a different life decision soon.So I finally decided to act on my dreams and make myself some dreads.As with most I decided to drop by a certain site and buy a kit.I also hired a Loctician to help me out.After touching the wax she told me it smelled pretty, but she refused to use it.So we went on using some other stuff, mostly non-stick hairspray to help backcombing.After it was all said and done I was kinda puzzled.I saw so many pictures of satisfied customers with beautiful dreads, and I wanted em.Meh, I calmed down and did some dreadhead searches.I hit some Superhippy.com
guy barking about the Wax and trying to promote his own crap, Many Johnny Clean defense vids
, Johnny is a tyrant
Vids, and everything was pretty much saying "Do Not Use Wax
".Only 1 Video made a difference to me.It was this little asshole
.I don't know why, but what he said and did really made me want to check out that banner he threw up at the end.So I jumped in and I saw what I needed.The Johnny Clean vs. Dreadlockssite.com argument.Now i'm lost...Because i've no pictures for the Site, check my Myspace for the pics of my old Hair...Myspace.com/Demerick
By amber hand, 2010-05-11
Trying to start my dreads out of braids. What are the pros and cons? What should I expect?
So,I just got dreadlocks by back combing about 4 days ago..i have very straight hair and they turned out very soft and flat.i got really turned off,but the majority of my friends are dreaded (they're all guys) and they told me to give it time because rome wasn't built in a day.i've put elestic bands at the roots and on the ends,though i 've heard loads of different opinions about the concept.it's just my hair doesnt look like dreadlocks at all.it looks like matted hair and it wont stay in place,so currently i'm pinning up my hair to my head to avoid looking like sonic the hedgehog.i really do looove my dreads,as i really got them because of the rastafarian fact and not just the fashion statement.i really do need help and support as i m thinking i d never get the dreads i longed to have for ages.
By Andrew Harder, 2010-05-03
i'm stoked for so many things right now. spring for starters. i love winter and everything that goes with it but a change of scenery is always nice too. i'm not glad it's finals week but on the other hand that means i get to go home to the beautiful land of North Idaho in a matter of days. today my brother and i went out longboarding for a bit when we needed a break from studying. i have been rooming with him this year and that has been interesting since we haven't shared a room in 7 years. such a great sensation to arc and slash turns across the smooth asphalt with your dreads whipping back and forth. i love the feeling of leaning into every turn, flowing with a rhythm created as you go. i just needed a little bit of outside time doing something. anything!it's wonderful to be physically active again after my injury. i broke my back almost two months ago. i think the downtime recovering from an injury is worse than the physical pain itself sometimes. i still have to take it slow and try not to get too wild for a few months according to the "doctors orders". he's a pretty laid back ortho and i plan to try to follow his advice. no sense in taking unnecessary risks. on the plus side, it's been almost two weeks since i have had any hydrocodone! i wake up sore and by evening i'm pretty achy but i feel like i'm having fewer REALLY BAD DAYS. i don't really sleep good still but things are getting better. i'm just thankful to be on the mend so i can start doing the things i love again.i really like how my dreads are forming. they're a lil different everyday. it seems like i catch myself playing with them all the time, its just fun to touch them. i'll be outside most of the summer so perhaps that will add some "character" to them.by the end of the week i'll know whether or not i will be working at mt hood this summer. i won't be disappointed if i don't get it, i'm mostly just anxious waiting to find out. if i end up spending my summer snowboarding on the glacier so be it, but i wouldn't mind roaming around the Bitteroot Mountains or the Selkirks i call home either. regardless i expect the next few months to hold great memories to be made with friends, family, and nature. i need a break from school. a break from the state of nebraska.i'm just really happy to be switching things up a bit. i'm pleased with the direction my life is going. content with what i see. there is alot i'm unsure about. that's scary but at the same time i want my path to be flexible. thinking outloud is so much better than studying right now. plus i cant sleep. i look forward to sleeping in my new hammock. ah, the vagueness of the future is perhaps what excites me the most. goodnight.
By Good Energy, 2010-04-22
~~~~***~~~~Good Morning~~~~***~~~~I stood up and looked around.It seemed everyone was passed out, laying on the groundThe daze that clears and the soul asks why, but you can't find the answersso you don't replyI step over the lifelessnessand ponder my everyday occurrencesI think to myself"Whatever happened to mother's everyday assurances?"Running through mazes, crossing bridges, painting white picket fences, falling offthat broken ladder,....screaming on the rollercoaster...., only getting madder.................and then you get off.......You wake up while everybody's sleeping, you slow down while everybody's leaping, you save your thoughts worth keeping, you stand up and love yourselfDoesn't it feel good to be free?You throw down those dirty old broken chainsYou wash your hands and cleanse your brainYou remove all those clouds and wipe away the rainAnd you realize there's got to be a better wayYou wake up to find you never went astrayeveryone else is lost, passed out, and laying on the groundAnd I stood up and looked around~~~~GOOD MORNING~~~join me if you will......6/2/02
By Kundalini Rise, 2010-04-17
There is a discrepancy between the meaning of words and the reality of the situations they are applied to. You might hear someone say, "Good food." While they truly mean the food tastes good, and not all good tasting food is "positive" or good in the sense that it is healthy for you. Which to some, is what should matter.What is more and becomes visible with further examination is that the "good" taste is dependent upon the sense of the person tasting it. This, we know, is personal preference, where there is a measure of similarity but also some unpredictable differences. So the usage of the word in the sense of what is "good" is not only incorrect, in the sense that some value "good" as healthy, while it is also incorrect in the understanding that taste is down to a personal preference.The words themselves are incapable of defining the experience what they are meant to share, without the use of more complex expressions and even then they can only act as indicators of personal preference. In many cases they are used in the same format as fact.While only a part of human experience (communication), I believe this discrepancy creates ripples of confusion through the sea of expression of human individuality and society.Similar to Orwell's 1984, these are aspects of communication which limit the more expressive variety of linguistic understanding and slowly re-routes the more expanse out of the system. This occurs when a person who has a wider point of view, comes in contact with a person with a more limited point of view, and the conflict does not result in a positive transmutation of both views. Learning always occurs, but personal growth and internal view point change, sometimes is replaced with ego. When the result is a more distinguished limitation, rather than a reduction of limitations and conflict and a realization of indirect similarity through variety, then the more limited view is pressing the wider view out of it's reach and will ultimately result in a more limited communication experience.For this reason alone, arguing through raw emotion or on the basis of superficial differences, usually does not initiate anything but a degradation of the quality of experience, unless the experiences of differences are based upon truly internal aspect. Even so, the learning experience always occurs, but the learning process can be accelerate by abandoning or transmuting lower aspects of the experience into meaningful ones. This alchemy of reality is occurring constantly within the interplay of the conscious and subconscious mind.The more expressive usage would be to define what is "good" about the qualities being commented on(the context), as well as to incorporate an "I think" or "To me" aspect to the expression. This is yet another context, but it is a constant, that goes without saying.When it goes without saying for so long, in a society which doesn't seek to expand on individuality, individuality is forgotten, and becomes something of an undesirable aspect to the lesser individual, because it is not understood. Unless it is introduced by a third party (neither the individual, or the society commonality as a whole), in a positive and accepted manner, the individual themselves is the only one who can make the expansive change to look to and accept information that is not in their original realm of experience. Your perspective creates your realm of experience in accordance with how much of your free will you give to the forces at play in the world.To include the context of what you are assigning a value to, whether positive or negative, brings about the larger context of aspects, and to restate that it is your perspective alone, indicates that you in essence, include yourself in the equation as well as cease excluding the rest of the world and it's possibilities.