First-timers attemps at SE dreadies :D

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First-timers attemps at SE dreadies :D

Post by jeniwow » Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:34 am

Hi all,

So 2 years I decided to join the dready world and invest in a set of Elysee Star dreads. As you can imagine they were not much of an 'investment' and didn't last long. I also didn't like the length or how every dread was identical and so decided I would have a go at making my own! - Then I never got around to it :(

Recently I stumbled across this forum and you all utterly inspired me!
SO, having spent the last 2 weeks absorbing every word of your experience and knowledge I finally took the plunge yesterday and made my first 15 SE dreads. I wanted a fairly naturalish finish and have matched the medium brown KK to my own hair colour and blended it with dark brown and ash brown.

So four hours later this is the result :D

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A view of the length

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The ends - not sealed too badly and they feel pretty sturdy too!

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The loops - they arent exactly neat and I think some are simply too big so will be trying some other
techniques to form these soon.

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So you can see the colours a bit better


Overall i'm pretty pleased with the results, considering I had NO experience of this what-so-ever, I have had a bit of a task getting the tops to seal for some reason despite LOTS of back combing.

Any critique or advice from you lovely people would be much appreciated!

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Post by UrbanHairDesigns » Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:32 pm

These look really good.
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Post by poxabomination » Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:37 pm

These look excellent! You seem to already know where you're having issues, the tops are a bit loose and the loops could be smaller. The ends look quite nice though and they're pretty smooth! The advice you're most likely going to get is backcomb more, and practice practice practice. If you're having real troubles backcombing you can always experiment with different combs, sometimes that can make a difference. And if you haven't watched rivetlickers video tutorial on backcombing its a must! Good luck!

p.s. Those blends are really pretty :)
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Post by trippytroll » Sun Jul 03, 2011 6:02 pm

i think they look brill for your fist attempt :D
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Post by dread_addiction » Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:27 pm

they need more backcombing!

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Post by jeniwow » Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:58 pm

Hi everyone, thanks for the advice and encouragement!!

I have checked out Rivet Licker's vid tutorials - that gal is amazing! Everything on there is sooo clear and I deffo think my back-combing method will benefit from watching them :D

Gonna have a go at making some naturals sealed in boiled water too as the above dreadies were sealed using the iron tea towel method......
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Post by KittyKassdreads » Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:34 am

These are really good first attempt
I definitely suggest more back combing!

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Post by rivetlicker_ » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:55 am

jeniwow wrote:Hi everyone, thanks for the advice and encouragement!!

I have checked out Rivet Licker's vid tutorials - that gal is amazing! Everything on there is sooo clear and I deffo think my back-combing method will benefit from watching them :D

Gonna have a go at making some naturals sealed in boiled water too as the above dreadies were sealed using the iron tea towel method......
It'll take some time, but you'll get there :D

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Post by NirvanaMarie » Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:47 pm

Great first go! Keep practicing and keep up the good work :)

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Post by jeniwow » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:26 pm

Well having finally had some free time today I decided to have another attempt in the same colours but with LOTS more back-combing and using the hair straightener and flannel method.
The result are WAY better and I thought I would take some pics so you guys could see the difference :D

Happy happy happy :D

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An overall view of new dreads - one or two decorated.

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The ends - much neater!

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The body of the dreads is much tighter and firmer now too - I boiled these also as they were a little stiff - (teeheehee)


All of this was helped by the AMAZING find I got at a carboot sale last weekend for £4 - an old kitchen trolly which has become my very own portable dread-making-station. (Or 'The drolly' as I like to call it!).
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So where do I go from here guys? I KNOW there is plenty I can do to improve more but my small mind is struggling to find new methods or areas to attempt. I probably wont be doing any more today anyho because my wrists are aching somewhat!!
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Re: First-timers attemps at SE dreadies :D

Post by The-Halloween-Master » Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:46 pm

Wow they look beautiful!

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