First dreads in over a year - HH naturals!

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First dreads in over a year - HH naturals!

Post by [Phexxie] » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:03 pm

My loose extensions were starting to look a little worse for wear, and I didnt really want to get rid of them since I had managed to get the colour match with my hair PERFECT!

So what does a girl do with old, rubbishy human hair?
Why, she dreads it of course!

Made using the backcomb/rip/crotchet method, single enders with a little loop of ribbon at the top to install with (similar to the doclocks o-ring method)
Then I popped on some cute little skull and bat beads I picked up from Etsy! (IKS also carries both, if anyone is curious :))

Sort of a half install in my deathhawk, so the top layer is left loose, I'm quite enjoying the effect, though I think I may trim the wispy ends later tonight

Also, I apologise for my awful self portraits... I'm off work ill and looking crappy, but I still can't take a picture of myself with no makeup!

Before install shots:
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And install! They actually turned out to be a bit longer than I initially thought, but I'm loving the messy, natural look and they're SOOOOOO cosy to sleep on!

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And the back!

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I think I'll be making more of these in the future, they could do with being a little neater but I honestly love them the way they are :D

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Post by IvyDryad » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:16 pm

I LOVE the half-install. Looks gorgeous on you. :D And the texture is lush!

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Post by MrsEss » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:32 pm

Awesome Laura!!

I love the bat beads :D
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Post by hellsbells » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:37 pm

Oh wow, those are totally gorgeous :D

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Post by [Phexxie] » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:38 pm

i actually really enjoyed making them, all the blood (literally....) sweat and wasted plasters were worth it :)

they even have me considering opening up shop again...

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Post by luvplacebo » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:50 pm

Those look awesome on you!
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Post by LonelyAngel » Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:29 pm

Wow they look amazing!
I may never be a tall blonde-haired beauty but what's wrong with a short dread-headed cutie?

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Post by danixdorko » Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:43 pm

=O I love them! I've been investigating naturals myself and I have the bat beads but I haven't made any thin enough to squeeze them on yet. >_< They look amazing though! I love your install too!
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Post by xalternmommyx » Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:55 pm

those are super cute!
is it a bit harder to take care of the loose hair lik keeping it from knotting, with half installs?

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Post by Gracey » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:02 pm

i love it! Looks amazing.
xalternmommyx wrote:is it a bit harder to take care of the loose hair lik keeping it from knotting, with half installs?
An occasional squirt with leave-in conditioner helps to keep the loose hair from knotting.
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Post by ShadowThrone » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:42 pm

They look amazing :D nice reuse of the HH too, maybe I'll try this.

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Post by [Phexxie] » Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:13 am

danixdorko wrote:=O I love them! I've been investigating naturals myself and I have the bat beads but I haven't made any thin enough to squeeze them on yet. >_< They look amazing though! I love your install too!
when i made these, i sort of measured them out lol, ill try and explain!

my extensions were all pre-tipped (by me!) and one set was thicker than the other, so with the thicker set i used five strands per dread and seven with the thinner set!
when i pre-tipped them, i measured by looking at the stitching... it has little 'V' shapes, so i counted five 'V' shapes per strand (for both the thicker and thinner extensions)
or,the easier way, about a centimetre or so per strand lol

so, you could just cut five centimetre pieces, or one 5cm strip, of weft per dread!

i think it depends on your backcombing too, i wanted to keep as much length as possible so i did a lot of backcomb, tear, re-backcomb, tear, backcomb, palm roll, backcomb, roll some more... all while pulling the hair down like you do with normal synth

plus, i crocheted them half to death (followed by more plam rolling lol), which i think may have helped them stay skinny and sturdy
i think i spent about 15-2o mins per dread in total, but it didnt really seem that long!
hope that helps a little :)

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Post by Vex88 » Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:32 am

they look awesome!! very "natural" :D
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Post by Shedandy » Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:28 am

I love them! Certainly don't think they need to be neater, they look perfect!
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Post by Shala » Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:52 am

They look awesome. Can i ask what you use to make your haircolor so bright red? it looks awesome!

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Post by [Phexxie] » Sat Mar 19, 2011 5:11 pm

Shala wrote:They look awesome. Can i ask what you use to make your haircolor so bright red? it looks awesome!
a very specific and precise mix of poppy red, vermillion red and pillarbox red over bleached hair

my natural colour comes out pretty much WHITE when its bleached, and the extensions were #60 prior to dying red
the lighter the base, the redder the red!

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Post by VixenSingsBlack » Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:54 pm

Wowza! That's so beautiful on you. Love love love it. The beads really add a lot of interest to it!

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Post by AlphaBitch » Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:09 pm

they look lovely!

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Post by CausticPurge » Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:32 pm

Beautiful :)

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Post by emmalooxx » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:09 am

:O so pretty! the beads are so cool :D
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Post by Deathwish_ » Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:32 pm

I absolutely adore these!
The beads are a very cute addition.

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Post by radio-trash » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:53 am

I am a big fan of these dreads! Love the color of the dreads with the colors of your hair. and the CUTE CUTE beads! Great job! They look so naturally textured.
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Post by CherryLex » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:14 pm

Gorgeous, I love everything about them, and the install <3
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Post by HairAndStuff » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:45 am

These are great! they look nice and soft, and the install looks awesome.
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