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natural look dreads with weft by post-modernist trash

Postby MissAnthropik » Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:39 am

Originally posted by post-modernist trash on the heavenly hair board, rescued from google cache by me!

STEP ONE: Making organic looking dreads.

I start out by backcombing in the usual way although I tend to do these quite loosely. Just concentrate on getting your nice, tapered shape and keeping the dreads reasonably smooth.
When I'm done, my pre-sealed dreads look something like this:

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STEP TWO: Sealing the dreads.

I usually make my dreads in batches of ten and then hang them over my washing line. Next, I boil a kettle and pour the water downwards, over the hanging dreads:

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Then, when the dreads are cooled enough to handle but still warm, I palm roll them a little:

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Here is the boiled and palm rolled dread:

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STEP THREE: The washing machine!

When all of the dreads have been boiled and palm rolled, I zip them up inside a cushion cover and stick them in the machine on a 60 degree wash cycle. this seems to be hot enough to help matt them up a little more and add a touch of 'wiggle' to them without turning them into little curly frizzies

STEP FOUR: Adding the weft.

I take my weft and cut it into section of roughly an inch. Using liquid gold, I secure the weft as shown below:

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I did experiment with wrapping the section of weft horizontally around the top of the dread but preferred the method pictured due to the way the weft hangs more away from the dread and stays separate. This, IMO, improves the multi-textured look and also makes the weft more managable once the dreads are installed.

Here are some close ups of the real thing:

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As you can see from the photos, the visibility of the sewn part of the weft depends on its colour and on the colour of the dread to which it is secured. I haven't really found this to be a problem once the hair is installed

STEP FIVE: Installation.

The dreads are installed in the usual DED manner, braiding down the side of the dread WITHOUT the weft and here is the end result:

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Postby Papa_Keilbasa » Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:03 pm

Those are beautiful! I'm definetly going to try the washing machine technique.
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Postby IKickShins » Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:26 pm

I'm so glad you found that one! It didn't come up in my Google cache searches and I was hoping it would pop up sooner or later :)
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Postby Maple » Tue Sep 16, 2008 6:54 pm

Those are absolutely gorgeous! How come I have never thought of combining dreads and weft :O Excellent idea!
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Postby MaliceInWonderland » Thu Sep 18, 2008 12:31 am

I used to not like the messy looking dreads, but I ADORE the way these turned out! :mrgreen:
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Postby sammu » Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:30 pm

I'm planning on doing something vaguely similar, but using my method of making dreads, and not the natural-look here.

BUT is it possible to do the natural-look dread in, say, Buyhair colours? I know the texture of the hair is different than B&G for example, but would it come out similar?
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Postby kezerb » Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:55 pm

I suppose it might as apparently buyhair looses it's shine in the washing machine and it will probably make it more tangled.

You could always do a tester I suppose
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Postby Squidgy » Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:19 am

they are really cute.. i love how natural and realistic they look... xoxox
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Postby mourningpoetic » Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:49 pm

The effect is great! I would love to try these out sometime

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Postby SuperCollider » Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:34 pm

I have honestly loved those since the first time I saw them on HH :shock:
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Postby Miss_Panda » Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:23 pm

i need to do this keep saying this to myself lol XD
that pic of them done are amazing gotta get some made for me or make some :lol:
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Postby empty_smiles » Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:53 pm

When you put them in do you braid the wefted part with your hair or does the wefted part hang freely?
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Postby MissAnthropik » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:36 pm

she says in the tutorial:

STEP FIVE: Installation.

The dreads are installed in the usual DED manner, braiding down the side of the dread WITHOUT the weft and here is the end result:


So the loose hair hangs loose
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Postby empty_smiles » Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:46 am

MissAnthropik wrote:she says in the tutorial:

STEP FIVE: Installation.

The dreads are installed in the usual DED manner, braiding down the side of the dread WITHOUT the weft and here is the end result:


So the loose hair hangs loose



That makes sense. I must have missed it. :?
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Postby Nawtali » Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:42 pm

Ahh, this is great!! :D Absolutely gotta give this a try. I've always been ennoyed of the shiny outcome when just backcombing synthetic hair.
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Postby dreadfullydivine » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:27 am

These are amazing! I am definately going to try this tutorial. Thanks for posting it. :i2:
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Postby DreadedTripp » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:11 pm

Do you just use yarn...?
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Postby Phoenix » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:33 pm

You use kanekalon fibre.
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Postby DreadedTripp » Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:13 am

Yeah. I figured that out a little after I posted that
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Postby Baneli » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:20 am

WoW this website is so helpfull, im loving all the effort and styles you can make with just such basic techniqes.. I have never made any before and really want to get into it, thinking of making a dark brown and red set for Download this year! i know its only 2 months away so best get making some i think :P the only bit i think will get me is the installing part but im sure there is a guide on here somewhere XD
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Postby rivetlicker_ » Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:11 pm

Baneli wrote:WoW this website is so helpfull, im loving all the effort and styles you can make with just such basic techniqes.. I have never made any before and really want to get into it, thinking of making a dark brown and red set for Download this year! i know its only 2 months away so best get making some i think :P the only bit i think will get me is the installing part but im sure there is a guide on here somewhere XD


If you do have troubles installing, I'm not saying you will haha, you can always post a wanted ad in the Extensionists in your area subforum and have someone install them for you. There probably is somebody in your area or within a short distance :)
I mentioned the install video tuts in the other thread you posted in lol.
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Postby Baneli » Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:16 pm

rivetlicker_ wrote:
Baneli wrote:WoW this website is so helpfull, im loving all the effort and styles you can make with just such basic techniqes.. I have never made any before and really want to get into it, thinking of making a dark brown and red set for Download this year! i know its only 2 months away so best get making some i think :P the only bit i think will get me is the installing part but im sure there is a guide on here somewhere XD


If you do have troubles installing, I'm not saying you will haha, you can always post a wanted ad in the Extensionists in your area subforum and have someone install them for you. There probably is somebody in your area or within a short distance :)
I mentioned the install video tuts in the other thread you posted in lol.


hmm thats a very good idea :D i think i might have to as i really dont know anyone in this area! i really live in a poor area for most things really, Although that could be because i have never looked before :P
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Postby madebs666 » Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:31 pm

Baneli wrote:WoW this website is so helpfull, im loving all the effort and styles you can make with just such basic techniqes.. I have never made any before and really want to get into it, thinking of making a dark brown and red set for Download this year! i know its only 2 months away so best get making some i think :P the only bit i think will get me is the installing part but im sure there is a guide on here somewhere XD


Hey! I'm in the same boat, at the moment I'm beginning to make some that should be good enough for my head(better than my first lot anyway!) hopefully they'll be done in time for download.

See here http://hairextensionsforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=5796 I'm trying to get a few folk together maybe to install each others at download.

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Postby Noodles! » Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:46 pm

Is there a reason why a kettle is used rather than a steamer etc. or is this just what the creator had to hand?

Also, if the reason the water is poured down over the dread to give it a smoother effect?
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Postby Lorny » Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:51 pm

Noodles! wrote:Is there a reason why a kettle is used rather than a steamer etc. or is this just what the creator had to hand?

Also, if the reason the water is poured down over the dread to give it a smoother effect?


I think boiling gives a more natural effect in general when not done with steam, as in it doesn't shrink so much and you can palm roll it easier also. I think the water is just pured down mainly cuz if it is hanging on a washing line, you can palm roll them all down straight away and easier. :)
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