Thursday, January 19, 2012

Old picture of the day

This was about 2001....that would make me 29 years at the time.
It's my first ever home made dreads! I was quite impressed by myself at the time I remember.
Just search for double ended dreads. I'm sure you will get lots of Kanekalon professional tutorials.
There are a thousand ways to make them. I want mine to be skinny and light and I do rarely attach them but use clips for easy removal.
I kind off do them the same way nowadays as well, but now I make double ended ones.

Kanekalon hair.

Take out a small amount of hair.

Fasten it on a hanger/door handle by the middle.

Start back combing (I use a lice comb) as you twirl one side of the double ended dread. Mess up, pull it straight, twirl, back comb..and so on.

When you are done you do the same to the other side of the double ended dread.

When you have made as many as you need it's time to do what we goths do best - self harm.

Put on a kettle of water in a tea pot (for controllable steam) and slowly move your dread through the steam as you twirl it. You will see it twirls itself and tightens up. You have to move at the same speed and range from the steam to make them even. Close for tight ones, and further away for fluffier.
(You will notice the self harm bit here because you always manage to burn yourself.)

When they are all done I usually seal them by dipping the ends in the boiling water.

Now you can braid them in or just fasten them with clips and put them up in dread falls.

Well, there are most certain better ways, but for me this always works since I hate having stuff attached to my hair.
I am NOT a pro at making or attaching dreads.
But I like to wear them :)


  1. Adora, i am finally letting my hair grow, its like 3 inches past my collar bone, but i wanted to know exactly how you do your dreads in this picture, i have extremly thick hair, and ive let friends "try" and do dreads.-pooey tries, it just makes my hair oo0gie afterwards, can you help?

  2. I made some one time as well. They were awesome! But I used a hair straightener to seal mine. Didn't get burnt either!

  3. How do you blend them with your own hair?

  4. It seems you haven't aged since then!! What is your anti-aging secret? Skincare routine?!

    Beautiful hair!


  5. A much easier way to seal them is using an iron. Put the backcombed dreads inside a damp kitchen towel and iron them lightly on medium heat :)

  6. Another way to seal the dreads is to dip them into boiling water. This methods work better for single-ended dreads. :)

  7. Where can I buy Kanekalon hair?How much I need to make a pair of dreads like yours?

  8. what kind of clips do you use to attach your dreads? :)

  9. I bought mine from ebay or if you have a market near you try there! in the UK we have market stalls that sell just hair extensions and clips to put them on, not sure if this is the same where ever you are!

    I made mine into yarn for a college project where I spun the hair using a stick with cds stuck to weight one end and a hook on the other to hold the hair while I spun it. this spun the hair into really tight twists which I dipped into hot water and it looked great!
    watch your fingers though!

  10. You can buy kankalon hair at most local beauty supply stores. If that fails try They have the widest colour selection I have ever seen. I am a professional dread maker and I swear by I also swer by the flat iron or clothing steamer method much more than boiling water. If you have Facebook you can search some really amazing dread makers. The best one out there is a business called LS Seven. She invented the wrappy style dread and I'm always in awe at her work. My business page is called: Shadow Synthetics. In case anyone wanted to have a peek :)