First Naturals made/installed by myself

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First Naturals made/installed by myself

Post by danixdorko » Sat May 28, 2011 4:35 am

Alrighty ladies and gents, after seeing so many gorgeous natural show offs on here I decided to attempt my own. For my first naturals ever, I don't think they turned out too bad, they're just really stiff! I don't know if that's normal or not but I can't seem to soften them up! I'm not really used to having short dreads either.. Overall, I'm not sure if I like them or not (hence them being in critique instead of show offs). Anyway, onward to pictures!

Pre-install. There were a mix of single enders and double enders, (some braids and twisties too) ending up 74 total. This picture was taken before I had all of them completed, I was too excited to get them in I didn't get pictures of all of them together. >_<
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I didn't get any fresh install pictures, they were all sticking out at odd angles because of how stiff they were. This pictures are after one week of wear.

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Opinions and suggestions are requested and welcome! :)
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Post by Leanna Moore » Sat May 28, 2011 5:50 am

I think they look great! I love the colors together too (:

To soften them up, did you try putting them in a pot of boiling water for a while? I do that sometimes when mine turn out a bit too stiff, and it makes them a bit more flexable and soft.

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Post by danixdorko » Sat May 28, 2011 8:00 am

I heard that if you take a hot bath with them in it'll have a similar effect and they'll lay more naturally on your head, but it didn't seem to work to well. I might have to take them out and dunk 'em for a bit to see if that helps ahaha. I'm glad you like 'em though! :D
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Post by CandySecretion » Sat May 28, 2011 11:18 pm

Very pretty! Those colors compliment you well and they look really good together.

OT and perhaps a little creepy, but your feet are awesome :lol:
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Post by PlasticHair » Sun May 29, 2011 4:31 am

I love these. Colour combo is amazing! :)

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Post by danixdorko » Sun May 29, 2011 4:57 am

CandySecretion wrote:OT and perhaps a little creepy, but your feet are awesome :lol:

Haha, it would be creepy if they weren't in the picture! :lol: But thanks!

Thanks for the compliments! Anyone have any suggestions for me? :D
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Post by Leanna Moore » Sun May 29, 2011 5:33 am

danixdorko wrote:I heard that if you take a hot bath with them in it'll have a similar effect and they'll lay more naturally on your head, but it didn't seem to work to well. I might have to take them out and dunk 'em for a bit to see if that helps ahaha. I'm glad you like 'em though! :D

I think you have to boil them before installing to make them nice and soft, I don't think plain hot water would have much effect. I had problems like this with the first natural set that I bought from someone, because they were way too thick and overly backcombed, and popping them in boiling water for about 2 minutes fixed them right up (: aye, If you decide to put them in again after you take them out, try the boiling water and see how that works :D and if that makes them too soft, you could try stringing the dreads up, then pour boiling water over them, then straight away after pour on really cold water repeat 1-3 times, it makes the dread matt up real nice while maintaining softness and flexibility.

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Post by danixdorko » Sun May 29, 2011 5:44 am

I sealed them by hanging 'em and pouring boiling water over them, but I didn't think to use cold water too, they cooled off almost instantly without my help. O_o

But yes, I'll have to try that! Hopefully it'll work too, cause I do adore the colors of this set!
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Post by Zombiæ » Mon May 30, 2011 10:59 am

The dreads look gorgeous and the install is just perfect! Envy!
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Post by Jynx » Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:55 am

danixdorko wrote:I heard that if you take a hot bath with them in it'll have a similar effect and they'll lay more naturally on your head, but it didn't seem to work to well. I might have to take them out and dunk 'em for a bit to see if that helps ahaha. I'm glad you like 'em though! :D

I have to agree with this. I think it's more the water moving the hair around, and the weight of it, than any "sealing" properties, but it does work!! I usually wait three days before I do so, but I always wash my naturals. That's one of the reasons I prefer them to twisted dreads, I can't stand not being able to really wash my hair and get everything super clean. :P

I have to say, I love them!! Not too much critique, besides keep it up!! Don't be afraid to experiment, either. ;)

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Post by danixdorko » Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:16 pm

Jynx wrote:I have to say, I love them!! Not too much critique, besides keep it up!! Don't be afraid to experiment, either. ;)

Ahhhh you totally just made my day! Thank you!
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Post by Dreadie_Lover1 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:20 pm

Oh my ... They are just perfect!

They suit you so much!

You was born with them!!
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Post by FaerieGirl » Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:55 pm

Beautiful! :D
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Post by IKickShins » Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:04 pm

Everything about those extensions is perfect to me -- the shape, the ratio of colors, the mixture of textures.. absolutely gorgeous :)
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Post by danixdorko » Sat Jul 02, 2011 2:27 am

ikickshins wrote:Everything about those extensions is perfect to me -- the shape, the ratio of colors, the mixture of textures.. absolutely gorgeous :)
I am so flattered that you like them! I've been meaning to send you some pictures for your DIY gallery but haven't had the chance yet. >_<

Seriously though, thank you all so much! I was actually really insecure about this set because they were so stiff and being my first naturals and all, but you've all made me feel much better about them.
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Re: First Naturals made/installed by myself

Post by faeriedreads » Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:29 am

Yeah I love them =D They look pretty light too.

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Post by Moratoria » Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:40 am

Love them! The texture is great, and with your hair they look like wrappy dreads which works perfectly... for a first set of naturals, I'd say they're pretty fantastic, haha.

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