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Dreadlocks bring back the nostalgia for me of beauty school in the 90s in Seattle. They were a staple style for the music movement at that time and place. It was a time when in the words of Nirvana come as you are was the mantra. It is a texture that always feels slightly rebellious and youthful.
There is a misconception that dreadlocks are easy to maintain. Dreadlocks are not for everyone and they require constant maintenance to keep clean and in control. Having your natural hair dreaded is a commitment! Typically when your guests are ready to transition from this look they have two options for removal: 1. Cut them off or 2. Attempt to pick them out. This is an extremely time consuming process and depending on the duration the dreads were worn may not be a viable option.
There are multiple ways to create dread locks. The temporary faux dreads featured here were created to give our model the look of dreads without the commitment.
I have had a fiber obsession for a year. I was working with different kinds of wool and realized how beautiful a product it is when incorporated in human hair.
These dreads were created with wool batts produced on a drum carder. When the fiber comes off the drum, it creates a blanket or fabric esthetic. These batts are traditionally used for spinning yarn. You can find all colors and options on Etsy.com by searching art batts or wool batts. For those of you who want to create your own color patterns look for a local fiber retailer that will assistance you in creating your own custom batts. Weavers and spinners in your area are also a great option for information and product.
Utilizing fiber batts for dreads allows for a quick process. Peel the fiber lengthwise for the desired length. Roll the fiber between your hands to create a dread-like rope. The pieces can be pinned into any shape to create texture and dimension. Check out the step by step below to see how it's done.
So get some wool and play with it. Let your creativity go. The possibilities are endless!
Have you created dreadlocks without the commitment? Let us know how, in the comment box below.
Follow Geneva Cowen, Artistic Director for Sam Villa on Instagram for more inspiration behind the chair!