Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

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Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by FASD » Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:54 am

I've been making dreads like these for a year or so, and have been asked a couple of times for a tutorial.
I finally have a bit of spare time on my hands, a decent camera, and am not being lazy, so here it is!

The dread I make in this tutorial isn't super pretty lol
I might take some more pics later to replace these ones, but they serve their purpose :)

It's very simple to add color to your dreads with this method. All you need is more than 1 color of KK, a comb, a felting needle, and a method of sealing.

All you dread makers, save your short bits and small amounts of leftover KK. It works great for this application!

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Here I am using a blend of Baby Pink and orange

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^But you don't need that much, just a small amount. (More would be fine too, this dread did turn out pretty subtle)

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Take this small amount of hair and rub it in between your hands so that it mats up into a fluffy ball. Don't make it too tight or your dread will get lumpy, and make sure it's pretty even throughout. The cell phone is in the pic for a size reference.

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Take your ball of color, shape it how you like, and place where you want it on the backcombed and unsealed dread. If you have a thinner spot in the backcombing that's a great place to put it, as it will even out the dread. At the same time be careful not to place it somewhere on the dread that will add too much hair and ruin the taper and continuity of the dread.

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Use the felting needle to connect the colored hair to your base dread. Be careful not to use it too much as it will create a firm spot that may not shrink during sealing which will create a bump in the dread. Depending on the size of my splash I use the needle from 15-30 times, but this also depends on the gauge/size of the felting needle you're using.

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Now it's ready for sealing. When you're twisting and sealing try not to let the splash become covered in the process. That's partially why this one turned out so subtle...I was in a hurry lol

You can find my steamer/sealing tutorial here: http://hairextensionsforum.com/viewtopi ... =62&t=8731

You now have a finished dread:

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Here's another, better looking example of what they look like (You can find more in my Myspace gallery):

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Add more or multiple colors to a dread and mix it up! :D

Another fun thing about this method is that you can untwist and run the finished dread over steam to undo the sealing, and tear off the splash color to change it or re-do it if you don't like it.

Any questions, comments, or corrections let me know :D

-Ashley/MizzzzBarr/FASD

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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by rivetlicker_ » Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:05 am

YOU ARE GOD! I figured it was done this sort of way :)
I like it *THUMBS UP*

I often do the whole "rub the hair in the hands" thing when I need to extend dread ends a bit. Works every time.

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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by sammu » Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:27 am

Just how I imagined it, actually! :D

But I'm gonna sound real dumb here... the felting needle. How do you use it? Do you stab the hair into the dread (relatively speaking) or do you wrap bits of hair/entwine it and poke it through the other side? I can't say I've used one before, despite having the needles to hand.

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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by Ice_Pick_Abortions » Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:08 pm

you should be able to just stab it as the barbs on the needle will pick of the hair and pull it through
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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by Squidgy » Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:37 pm

This is a great tutorial, really useful and easy to understand... thanks so much for sharing this with us!! :D
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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by atomiklox » Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:03 pm

Just like I thought. I do this with my marbled dreads. I save all my pulled off/shedded fibre just for this reason! Great tut. :D
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Post by CancerHybrid » Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:31 pm

wow thanks for that
great tut
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Post by SyNNy+SuKKupyre » Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:44 am

Great Tut :D


I really want to try this.

But I cant find a dam felting needle.
Only crotech{Sp?} Needles :(
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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by MissAnthropik » Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:48 am

Looking forward to trying this :) Great tutorial, thank you!
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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by SuperCollider » Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:04 am

You are absolutely brilliant! I love the splashes of colour! Yay for tutorials :)

Incredibly OT but... :i10: what cell phone is that?

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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by FASD » Sat Sep 19, 2009 2:45 pm

Thank you all for the positive comments :D
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's splashed dreads soon!

CirqueMachine, Ice_Pick_Abortions is right, just stab the needle through and the barbs will pull the fibers into the dread :)

SyNNy+SuKKupyre: If you can't find them online, a local craft shop might stock them. I bought mine locally at a specialty yarn/wool shop.

SuperCollider: NP :) It's a Palm Centro, best phone I've ever had! Text convos look like AIM, and there's so much storage I've never had to delete anything, text , pic etc. in a year! Love it!

:oops: okay, back on topic!

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Post by ..::AtomicLox::.. » Sat Sep 19, 2009 4:42 pm

ooooh you just gave me all KINDS of ideas!
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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by Elstaro » Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:47 am

Thank you for this. Im so excited to try it :i2:
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Post by SyNNy+SuKKupyre » Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:48 pm

Thank you FASD There is a local Yarn/Wool shop where I usually buy such supplies I shall ask them!
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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by dreadfullydivine » Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:45 pm

Thanks so much for the fantastic tutorial! I can't wait to try this out!
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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by zombiejunkyard » Tue Sep 22, 2009 5:42 am

HAH! Just as I suspected. Dude, I have the same phone, but in black.
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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by [Phexxie] » Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:17 pm

finally! a reason to spend money on some felting needles :D
thankyou, this is a fab tutorial!

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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by foximusprime » Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:56 am

i'm trying this atm so will post a pic if it looks good *crosses fingers*
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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by Antikia » Sun Oct 04, 2009 11:20 pm

Ohh just found this by random, I've been dying to know how you did that, I absolutely couldn't figure it out lol, very nice tutorial, gonna try that soon :)
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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by pixychick » Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:41 am

omg yay!!! thanks for this tut!
i need to find a felting needle first i need to google to see what it looks like.

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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by convenientlust » Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:50 am

Agreed. Amazing tutorial... I can't wait to try them!


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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by pixychick » Tue Dec 15, 2009 4:11 pm

rivetlicker_ wrote:I made a video version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kHw9Gi5jyM
just saw the tut very awesome thanks so much for it!!! all i need now is a felting needle and thanks for mentioning where i could find one lol

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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by SynthetiKunt » Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:08 pm

Thanks SO much....That makes a lot more since...I didn't have a felting needle at hand so I was slipping it through the middle of the dread and got sorta the same effect but that works better. Pretty colors, by the way ^_^

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Re: Tutorial: Splashed dreads :)

Post by rivetlicker_ » Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:29 pm

:) You're welcome.

Yeah, felting needles are the go on here.

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