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 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.
Squeak Machine has a great tutorial on her site how to do this which you can view HERE.
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'.