I don’t believe in ‘cultural appropriation‘- for me, it’s just another term used to promote division and intolerance and that’s really not my bag, baby. I’d be happy to post a separate blog on this matter but that’s definitely a discussion for another day.For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted dreads. I did in fact attempt to free form but ended up with a single congo dread (I didn’t separate properly or maybe even at all :/) which was not the desired dreads I was going for.
I have very little patience and this apparently is the key ingredient to creating and nurturing beautifully natural dreadlocks. So I decided I’d make some dread extensions.
The original idea was to dread a load of human hair extensions and then have them fitted but human hair costs quite a bit soooo I have opted for a synthetic hair like fibre called Kanekalon which I think is commonly used in a lot of hair salons to add colour and length to braids or can even be used to create wigs.
I AM NOT AN EXPERT in creating dreads and after trawling the internet for hours on end I came to the conclusion that a) the true origin and history of dreadlocks is largely conflicting and b) there is no real right way to create them – though the general consensus of using wax or product is a big HELL NO as this can encourage mouldy, festering stinkiness which is just gross.
Armed with a teasing brush (similar to this), YouTube, Kanekalon in various colours, a chair, a clothes hanger and some boiling water – here is the result:
There are only 16 pictured but I currently have 22 in total in varying lengths (roughly around 40inches), colours and thickness. All have a single loop on the end ready to be installed and all have a palm rolled whispy end. I’ll upload the video of the method I used at some point so keep an eye out.