Thursday 28 August 2014

Synthetic Dreads FAQ

I receive and see a lot of questions on the subject of synth dreads and although I have covered some subjects on my previous posts I thought it was time to put together a more complete FAQ going over some of the basics.

I will try to cover everything but if you have any other questions please feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly.

  • What are synthetic / fake dreads?
Synthetic dreads are exactly what they are called, fake dreadlocks. They are made from synthetic hair (or sometimes wool / roving)  and are a non permanent way to have a dreadlock hair style.

  • Why have synthetic dreads when you can have real dreads?
Synthetic dreads are a great way to have a new hair style without the long term commitment. Synth dreads can be worn up to 3 months (this depends on person to person) and cause no damage to your natural hair.
For a lot of people work or school can dictate the hair style they have so being able to wear synthetic dreads during holidays or weekends allows them to have a new look for a short period of time.
Also some people with real locks also add synthetic dreads to them to add colour, volume or length. 

  • How long do synthetic dreads last?
If your synthetic dreads are well made and taken care of they can last you forever. You will be able to re install them into your natural hair time and time again.

  • What is the difference between single ended (SE) and double ended (DE) dreads?
I have covered this in full ( with photo examples) on my previous post which you can read HERE.

  • How do I install synthetic dreads?
Synthetic dreads are braided into your natural hair. Here are a couple of links to some very good tutorials on how to do so.

  • How to install double ended dreads - Link
  • How to install single ended dreads - Link

It is possible to install dreads by yourself (I have always done my own), granted doing the back is tricky but once you get used to it its fine. Or you might want to get a friend to help you.

  • How long does my hair have to be to install synthetic dreads?
Your natural hair needs to be at least 3 inches in length to be able to braid the synth dreads into your hair. Or if you are wanting to wear dread falls you need to be able to put your hair up into a pony tail or pigtails.

  • Will wearing synthetic dreads damage my natural hair?
Nope :) Your hair is braided around the synthetic dread and secured with elastic bands or thread so all of your natural hair is out of the way (unless you leave your fringe/ bangs out). By having this hair style you will not be using any damaging heat to them from hair dryers or straighteners you may usually use.
When you take your dreads out it will seem like you will lose a lot of hair when you wash it, this is because your hair is braided the amount of hair you naturally lose per day has not  been able to shed so it all comes out at once. 

  • Can I still wash my hair when I have synthetic dreads?
Yes you can! You can wash your scalp and roots of you hair using a watered down shampoo solution.
Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
If you do get your synth dreads don't panic! They will be fine :) Just squeeze them gently with a towel if very wet and let them dry naturally.

  • Why are synthetic dreads so expensive?
Prices of synthetic dreads vary from seller to seller. Making dreads takes a lot of time and effort on the makers part. Personally each single dread I make takes anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to make dependent on the length and style of the dread. And does not include the time it takes to section hair, blend hair and the sealing of the dreads.
The materials for the dreads also has to be taken into account e.g how many packets of synthetic (kanekalon) hair is used to make the set. Also the tools such as combs, crochet hooks, felting needles etc. And not to forget the electricity that is used. 
Some dread makers, like myself, create synthetic dreads for a living so it is vital to cover all material, making and operating costs in order to support ourselves and continue to do the job we love.

For more information and links on synthetic dreads please check out my previous post 'Useful Synthetic Links'.

Sunday 24 August 2014

Jar Pendents

This weekend I added some new creations to my Etsy shop. Jar pendents!

These cute little jars contain bubbles of colour and glitter hearts and stars all encased in a clear jelly wax. Each one is unique! They look really magical when they catch the sunlight :)

I will be making more of these in the future with different colour combinations.

Saturday 23 August 2014

Photo Inspiration Dread Set

A while ago a came across a photo on Pinterest that I fell in love with. Sadly like a lot of images on Pinterest it didn't credit the artist, but using the handy Google image search I tracked her down.

The above painting is called 'Fog Carrier' and is by the very talented artist Lauren YS ( you can find her on Facebook HERE).

I really love the colours in this image and I created a dread set inspired them.

This set is available to buy on my Etsy shop

I had a lot of fun creating this set and I think I will be using more photos to inspire me for colour combos in the future. Do you have any images you think could be turned into a magical dread set? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday 15 August 2014

Tell me what you want!

I have set up a short survey to get a feel of what kind of pre made dread sets you are looking for from Black Sunshine. It is important to me to create unique dread sets that my customers will love :)
I would appreciate it if you take a minute to complete the survey below. Many Thanks

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Thursday 14 August 2014

New Craft Room

We are now moved into our new place, after a stressful couple of weeks I am glad it is all over. But it was worth it, the new place is so much nicer :)

I couldn't wait to set up my new craft / dread room and it was one of the first rooms we finished.

Now I have had  a chance to a fresh start I plan on being much more organised. Which is much easier with all this extra storage space.

Now it is time for me to get back to work! My Etsy shop is now open again and as before, I will be adding new pre made dread sets to my shop everyweek :)