How To Make Your Own Dreadlocks & Hair Falls
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran
Hair falls are attachable/detachable hairpieces that can be made in almost any way you can imagine, using yarn, real or synthetic hair, plastic tubing or even strips of fabric. They can be straight, curled, dreaded, however you want! These are great for belly dancers, cosplayers or anyone who wants to have some long, funky hair for a day.
Here are some great links and tutorials for making your own hair falls and dreads. Once you get the basics down, the only limit will be your budget, time and imagination. Although I do have to add, if you have super-short hair like I do, you will find attaching dread falls to be challenging. But not impossible!
These Aren't Your Mother's Hair Pieces...
"...long, straight, curly, fuzzy, snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty, oily, greasy, fleecy, shining, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen, knotted, polka-dotted; twisted, beaded, braided, powdered, flowered, and confettied, bangled, tangled, spangled and spaghettied!"This snippet of lyrics from the musical HAIR pretty much sums up what you can do with hair falls. They are limited by if you have enough hair to attach them to your head (it actually helps if you have some but isn't necessarily required), how much weight or length you can tolerate and how you want them to be!
Wearing hair falls can be an every day thing for you, or it might just be for a special occasion. You can frequently see see spectacular hair falls in the worlds of tribal belly dance, goth fashion and club culture.
Making and Wearing Hair Falls
Here's where you find how to instructions for making your own hair falls. You'll also find tips and tricks for wearing your hair falls and how to attach them to your hair and head.
Kanekelon Synthetic Hair
This is the synthetic hair of choice for dreadmakers. It's what most synthetic wigs are made from, comes in gazillion colors and is easy to work with. There are almost four dozen different colors available, availability subject to change. Comes in natural hair colors, neon brights and primaries.
- How to make synthetic Dreadlocks / Dread Falls.
how to make your own synthetic dreadlocks
- Synthetic dreads
You can either make individual dreads, to tie or braid into your own hair and create a full head of dreadlocks, or you can add them to hairpieces, wigs or ponyfalls.
- silky fall care
Elastic falls are falls that are bound with elastic. The elastic stretches over your ponytail or bun and then secured with bobby pins.
- Mookychick: Hair Falls
Falls may look complex, but they are really easy to put in and look amazing.
- Cut Out + Keep | Craft Projects Â» Dreadlocks & Falls
projects filed under Dreadlocks & Falls, including how to hand-roll your own wool dreads and how to make yarn falls
Making Dreadlocks from Wool
A really easy way to make sturdy dreadlocks is to felt your own using wool yarn or roving (unspun wool). The wool fibers can be made to lock onto each other using hot, soapy water and friction. This is what causes the wool to form a smooth, solid surface. If you really want your felt to be super strong, once you get done making it, plunge the dreads into cold water which will shock them (after all the hot water) and cause them to tighten up even more.
Here's a great video I found that demonstrates how you can made dreads from roving very easily. You will want soapy, hot water in the spray bottle and a sushi rolling mat for rolling the dreads. The roving color choice is up to you.
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How-Tos Hair Fall Videos - see how to craft materials including yarn, synthetic and cyberlox
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