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How To Make Your Own Dreadlocks & Hair Falls

Updated on September 17, 2014

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!

multicolor dreads
multicolor dreads | Source

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

Kanekalon Jumbo Braid Extension Hair Jet Black by Zury
Kanekalon Jumbo Braid Extension Hair Jet Black by Zury

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.


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.

Buy 'em or Make 'em?

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Yarn dreads
Yarn dreads | Source

How-Tos Hair Fall Videos - see how to craft materials including yarn, synthetic and cyberlox

Share your favorite tips and tricks for making your own hair falls and dreadlocks! Or give a recommendation for your favorite hairpiece maker!

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      Daniel 3 years ago

      It's difficult to know whtiout knowing what you look like. Dreads look gorgeous on some people, but awful on others. When I was 16 I dreaded my hair myself, and loved it until I was 18 and couldn't get a job anywhere! I ended up having to cut them off, and my hair was just over an inch long for a while XDYou just have to be aware that they are a commitment. If you get them done and don't like them, there's not a lot you can do about it. Contrary to popular belief, dreads can be combed out again if it's done within a day or so of the initial dreading, but it WILL tear out about half your hair if you do this so it's not advised. Happened to my friend and it looked horrible :/You could always put your hair into lots of small plaits/braids to get a rough idea of what you would look like with dreads?If you really want them, go for it. But really think about it, because once you've got them, a shaved head is the only way to get rid of them again!

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      Rae Schwarz 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @flinnie lm: Since these are temporary hair pieces, they can be worn quickly and easily anytime you want.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      This is a fun how-to. It would be a fun style to wear for a while.

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      Rae Schwarz 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @shannon-stephens-1337: That's right! At just the right temperature, nylon (which is what most synthetic hair is) can be fixed to hold a shape, and that's how you make a curl. But it also takes practice and you have to watch your materials and temperatures to do correctly!

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      shannon-stephens-1337 4 years ago

      @anonymous: you make the curly ones with synthetic hair. you make the dred like usual but when you go to set it with the boiling water you first wrap the unboiled dred around a heat safe material and secure it with a rubber band. dip the dred and voila! it's a curly dred that will stay that way!

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      Tom Maybrier 5 years ago

      I've made dread extensions with standard hair extensions mounted on a weft by layering 3 pieces of weft, gluing them together then backcombing and palm rolling the hair. Time consuming but extremely natural looking. Cool lens!

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      Euryale Sinclair 5 years ago from The Left Coast

      @anonymous: Most often, curly dreads are made using a synthetic material which can be shaped permanently or comes already curly. As I have no idea what material you are using, I can't offer more specific advice at this time.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      how do you make curly ones? Iv make some strait one but love the curly spiral ones, do you just dry them in a curl or do you have to make them differently?

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      oiloflife 5 years ago

      Great lens, lots of fun.

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      enjoyecigs 5 years ago

      awesome info/links! i love my hair falls<3

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      BetsiGoutal1 7 years ago

      Great info!

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      rewards4life info 9 years ago

      Awesome! 5*

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      homecominghairstyles 9 years ago

      the hair styles are very different. I am seeing this for the first time