Also called synthetic dreads, hair falls are hairpieces that can be attached or detached to the hair. The “hair” fibers are usually made from synthetic hair, yarn or real human hair. Hair falls can be colored, permed, curled or styled however you want. They are typically used for cosplay or special events. Making your own hair falls is easy. Below is a step-by-step guide on making your own fake dreads:
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Kanekalon or Toyokalon hair fiber
Step 1: Making the Dreads
Start by separating the hair fibers, about the width of a pencil. Each stand will become the dreadlock. Don’t use too much fiber or the dreads will unwind. Once you’re done making the dreads, get a hair elastic. Loop the elastic on a doorknob so you can use two hands to anchor the dreads. Now, loop each lock evenly into the hair elastic. Keep every dreadlock secure to keep them in place when you backcomb them. Once you’re done looping the dreads, get two clusters of the hair fiber. Work the cluster together, creating a single dreadlock.
Step 2: Backcombing the Dreads
You want the dreads to look as unkempt as possible, but each cluster should retain its shape. Start backcombing the dreads by combing in the opposite direction of the hair. You can also several dreads as you backcomb. By the time you’re done, the hair falls should look fluffy.
After backcombing the dreads, start twisting the individual locks around. This will help change their shape into a dreadlock style. Just keep twisting and smoothing until you achieved the right shape.
Step 3: Applying Heat
When you’re satisfied with the dreads, it’s time to apply heat to set the shape. Use a 1500 watts hair dryer with a vent attachment. The attachment will direct the heat on specific parts of the dreads. Switch the hair dryer on full blast along every dreadlock for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat several times until the shape is set in place. You can also use different heat sources to shape the dreads such as steamer or boiling water.
Step 4: Attaching the Dreads to the Hair
Wait until the dreads cool off then attach the dreads to your hair by wrapping the elastic on your hair. You can make two sets of hair falls to make high pigtails. We recommending using Kanekalon or Toyokalon hair fiber in different colors to create dramatic looks.
If you love experimenting, there are different ways to attach the hair falls to your hair. You can anchor the hair fibers using buns of your own hair. You can also get an old headband and sew the dreads to the edge. Hair clips and bobby clips are great tools to attach the fake dreads too.
Because hair clips and bobby pins are smaller than a headband, you can only create thinner strands of dreadlocks. But, the clips and pins can be attached to various parts of the head. You can have fun creating different looks by layering clips with colored dreads.