Learn how easy it is to make temporary dreadlocks using your natural hair or extensions

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The look of dreadlocks is definitely a hair style that won't be going anywhere anytime soon. However, the decision to permanently lock your hair may not be one that you're willing to jump into lightly. Or perhaps you are a full-time, professional club-hopper who is constantly on the lookout for a new look? Either way, why not try temporary dreadlocks?

Whatever your reason, if you want to be able to get the look of locks only once in a while, then you can use your own hair to create a dreadlock style that will last for a few days or you can use synthetic hair if you don't want to do too much twisting and manipulating of your natural hair.

Is it right for me?

Temporary locks may be the right solution for you if you want to:

  • Change your hair style often;
  • Forget about the hair maintenance routine required of lock wearers;
  • Try the look before committing to permanent dreads;
  • Test other people's reactions.

That doesn't sound like what you're interested in? Then perhaps you'd prefer a dreadlock hair style that can be kept for several weeks at a time instead of only days. For that you should see the synthetic dreadlocks page.

Once you decide that temporary locks are what you want, you then have to choose whether or not you want to use your own hair or store-bought hair.

Use your head - Making temporary locks with your own hair

There are a few ways to get the look of dreadlocks by matting your hair for a short period of time. Whichever method you use, make sure that you take it down (or undo it) within a few hours or a few days: the locking process is faster than you may think!

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Here's one quick and easy method that'll only take you about 30 minutes to do from start to finish:

  1. Section hair into small 1" or 1.5" squares
  2. Use wax or a wax alternative on each section
  3. Twist each section around your finger until they become thick strands
  4. Set your new dreads with a blow dryer. Or for a different look, try a flat iron.

Even though you only want a short-term dreadlock hair style, you need to remember that the long-term health of your hair is important.

Yes, it's my hair. I paid for it, didn't I? - Using synthetic hair for temp dreads

As defined above, temporary dreadlocks can also include synthetic hair pieces, extensions and wigs. These types of temporary dreads are really fun because they only take minutes to put in and take out. They minimize the damage that permanent dreads can sometimes do to your hair or scalp. To top it off, they aren't that expensive either, so you can throw the old one away when it starts getting too out of shape and tangled.

The most popular type of synthetic temporary locks are known as "dread falls", these unique, hand-made hair pieces are a really fun hair accessory. Usually made with a high quality synthetic hair called monofilament or monofiber, dread falls are attached in various ways to your natural hair and are only meant to be worn for a few days. Most falls are made from synthetic hair, but there are manufacturers who can use human hair upon request.

If you are in the market specifically for a dread fall, you'll have to buy it from a credible maker. Make sure that the manufacturer makes their product on professional strong mesh bases. Ideally they will have adjustable straps for a custom fit, as opposed to having to be attached with clips, bobby pins, or hair tape.

What kind of friend would I be if I didn't provide you with a list of good dread fall manufacturers? See the "Related Links" section below for some great ones.

In the end, whether you choose to make temporary dreads using your natural hair or with a synthetic method, it's nice to know that it's possible to get this hair style without getting too committed to it.


Links (each opens a new window)

» Super Star Dreads

From this website

» These dreadlocks last longer than temporary ones.
» Beads will make those locks stand out.


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