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How To Make Your Own Hair Falls

Updated on February 19, 2016
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Raye loved playing dress-up so much, she studied costume and makeup for her BA, then got an MFA in surface design.

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Crafting Dreads & Hair Falls

Hair falls are temporary hairpieces which can be made to look realistic or fantastical, using anything from genuine human hair to synthetic hair to yarn or nylon tubing or ribbons or braided whatever you got! You clip or tie them to your own hair, so think of them as adding to what you have, while a whole wig would be completely hiding your own hair.

Here are some great links and tutorials for making your own hair falls and dreads. The essential process is making a sturdy anchor for attaching the fall to your own hair. Much of the crafting of hair falls can be done just by knotting.

Remember that with synthetic hair comes a certain amount of fire factor, with a propensity for melting. Hair dreads made from natural wool would have a higher amount of resistance to embers and heat. Braids would offer more structure than loose fibers. If you go synthetic, you get options like glow-in-the-dark or blacklight reactive. If you decide to work in some yarn, you get to pick from both natural and man-made fibers and your choices of colors are nearly endless. Most crafters like to work with a wide mix of materials for their hair falls because you get a truly unique look that way.

Kanekalon - Hair of Crafters

Kanekalon Jumbo Braid Hair Extension Purple
Kanekalon Jumbo Braid Hair Extension Purple

Kanekalon is a readily-available synthetic hair that comes in just about any color and is the hair of choices for most people crafting a hairpiece. It can be dreaded with teasing and friction.


How To Make Yarn Falls

Making Hair Falls

Hair falls can be simple or complex, real hair or synthetic, or can even include ribbon, beading and other fibers. You can think of them as fake ponytails added to your hair or attached to a headpiece. They are often accessories in the world of dance, being frequently worn by tribal bellydancers but you'll also see them out at clubs and costume events. They can be as thin as one added strand or so big a bunch they almost look like a whole wig.

Yarn - One of the easiest and most popular type of hair fall to make is from yarn. A mix of sizes and colors can create a really fun effect. You can do little braids within the fall or just have a big bunch of strands. Economical acrylic yarn is easy to buy and comes in lots of colors and textures. Higher-quality falls are made from wool and often contain felted "dreads."

Cyberlox - This is a nylon material used for falls and it can come in neon colors or special blacklight-reactive shades. It's a thin tubing.

Kanekalon - This is a brand of synthetic hair most often used for the mass production of wigs. You can buy hanks in colors to match your own hair, or just about any color you might want.  This can be tied to be loose falls, braided or hand twisted into dreads.

Ribbon - Thin ribbon is sometimes used to make hair falls but most often it's mixed in with some other fiber as an accent.

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Attaching Hair Falls

The main thing to remember as you craft you hair falls is that the end goal is to wear them comfortably. Material choices and the size of the falls have the most effect on weight, and the longer the falls, the heavier and more likely they will be to catch on things.

There are a few main strategies for attaching hair falls to one's head, and professional belly dancers will tell you that sometimes you need to use every single strategy all at the same time.

Anchored to Buns - the most common way to attach hair falls is to make one or two buns with your own hair and then attach the falls to them.

Headband - one option that works for short-haired dancers is to have hair falls sewn to the edge of a fabric headband which is anchored by tying around the head. Plastic headbands that fit very securely can also work for this method.

Hair Clips - smaller, lightweight falls can attach on their own using hair clips. Tiny teeth or clips which "lock" with pressure are popular choices. You can also tie a fabric headband over falls that have been put in with hair clips.

Bobby Pins - one trick to remember when anchoring heavier hair pieces is to put on multiple bobby pins and to make it so they cross each other, forming X-shapes. They can hold more weight that way.


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      jseven 6 years ago from Michigan

      Now that is creative and they look awesome! Voted up.

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      Raye 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Whitney, you should be able to pin or tie in extra faux falls to the real deal.

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      Whitney 6 years ago

      How can i add dread falls to natural dreadlocks? I was looking at the Single ended ones to go with my natural dreadlocks?

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      cyber bunny 7 years ago

      ive used fuzzy yarn and crochet` a line foe each fall to make it thicker.

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      Research Analyst 7 years ago

      This a really interesting hub on hair falls, I like the idea of using synthetic yarn and with all the color choices its just fantastic.

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      Midnightchan123 7 years ago

      do you think that you can use shoe strings or yarn for hair falls? ( like red sparkly shoestring or yarn diped in sparkles) als i found out that my hair can go up in pig tails which was no easy feat (my hair is irish and i go nuts when i mess with it)

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      Raye 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Luna, it probably would work best if you sewed the falls directly to whatever headband you are working with.

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      Luna Lynn  7 years ago

      How would you attach it to a headband?

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      Raye 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Trisha, if you wanted to make your own synthetic hair, you'd probably have to get an advanced degree in chemistry and then specialize in the production and extrusion of nylon fibers.

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      Trisha 7 years ago

      How could you make your own synthetic hair(like KK hair)?