Most people think that synthetic dreadlocks, or dreadlock hair weaves, are a great way to create the look of a locked style which can last for at least several weeks.
You may be surprised to hear that there is another really vital use for synthetic dreads (some call them fake dreadlocks) using natural or man-made hair fibers: dreadlock repair or boosting.
Synthetic dreadlocks are for everyone who wants the look of locks and for those who already have locks. If you're interested in synthetic dreads as a hair style alternative, you're already aware that this is a great way to make a decision about a new hair style.
Basically, synthetic dreadlocks are the right solution for you if you want:
to repair or add to/boost your existing locks;
a realistic looking hair style that you can change after a few weeks;
to change your hair style with little or no damage to your natural hair;
help in making an informed choice on a dreadlock hair style;
to give your natural hair a break from daily styling.
If this is not what you're looking for and you prefer a style that can be removed after a few days, then check out the
temporary dreadlocks page
Whether you opt for do it yourself hair extensions for dreadlocks or you decide to get your synthetic dreads done by a professional, they may include the purchase of hair with your price. While that's great added-value, it's always a good idea to at least window shop so that you are aware of alternatives.
In fact, there are many alternatives:
Monofilament: Commonly used for permanent hair extensions
Silky Braid Kanekalon: Coarse yet fluffy texture
Jumbo Braid Kanekalon: Commonly used for temporary/disposable extensions
Pre-Rolled Dreads: Commonly used for repairing natural locks
Cuticle Hair: Highest quality hair you'll ever find. This is the kind of hair celebrities use for their extensions...you knew those were extensions, right?
100% Human Hair: Fine texture with a good look and feel.
50% Human Hair: More coarse then the other two types, but is still quite natural looking. It is also the least expensive of the three.
Many people consider putting in hair weaves themselves, and the same is true for lock extensions. It's probably because synthetic dreadlocks take longer to attach than other types of hair weaves or extensions, so having a professional stylist do the work can mean a hefty chunk of cash escaping your wallet. In fact, there are lots of lock wearers out there who go the extra mile and make their own synthetic dreadlocks instead of buying them pre-made.
If you also want to go this route, you'll need to make sure you have a trusty comb and a heat source (like a hairdryer, steamer or plain old boiling water). Basically, all you're doing is taking the hair of your choice, backcombing it and setting the style with heat. There you go; you've just made yourself some dreads.
Now all you'll have to do is put 'em on and wear 'em out. Depending on the type of hair used and the attachment method, you could tighten your synthetic dreadlocks at the root, where your natural hair will start growing in. This way, you don't have to buy new hair unless you want a colour or style change.
Again, you have a choice here: you can do it yourself or have a loctician (a stylist who specializes in dreadlocks) do the work for you. If you're not sure, get a consultation with a stylist at a reputable dreadlock salon to see what kind of work is involved, how many hours it'll take and what maintenance routine is suggested.
No doubt about it, synthetic dreadlocks are a great way to vamp up your natural dreadlock style by repairing locks or filling them out, but they're also a great way for folks to try out a new hair style with little risk.
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