Reader Dreadlocks Styles: Fake Dreads?
by Jane Faye
Beyond synthetic dread falls
;) I'm maybe 'cheating' here with fake dreadlocks (temporary merino dreads), but I've been making and wearing various sets for about 5 years now and I love everything about dreads!
I've had about 15-20 different sets of dreads, all handmade myself, in different colours and lengths and styles, including the 40" knee-length 'Rapunzel' dreads which could be the longest dreadlock extensions in the world. My dreads are often at least 50% black to blend in with my natural hair roots.
I like adding unusual accents and girly touches to contrast with the spikiness of dreads - I've had a pink/grey set sewn with tiny pink rosebuds, I make falls with vintage button accents all over, and I even attempted a dready version of the Marie-Antoinette 'pouf' hairstyle for a photoshoot (erm, with mixed results...!).
I justify making new sets of dreads just for me by saying 'It's important business advertising, right?' ;D , because I also sell dreadlock extensions and falls via my online business...
...and I get some business enquiries whilst wearing my dreads out-and-about.
So yes, for the moment I'm 'cheating' with fake dreads because I love being able to change the length and colour so easily. But one day, who knows - I might get 'locked for real!