Introduction: DIY Synthetic Dreads: Making Solid Single Ended Dreads

Hi!
This is my first tutorial...

This instructable will teach you one method of making solid single ended dreads, starting with the materials you will need and explaining how to set up and backcomb your way to a solid single ended dread.

Step 1: Materials

To start off and through the step of backcombing, all you will need is a comb. You can use a regular comb like the green one, or an actual dread comb like the metal one.

Obviously, the only other thing you will need is your bag of synthetic hair. The best kind for making dreads is the Kanekalon fiber hair. You can find it on many different internet stores

Step 2: Hook Up

You will need something to wrap the synthetic hair around in order to keep it stable while you work. What I like to do is put a hanger through the back of a chair and use the hanger hook. Otherwise you can just hold the hanger with your foot and use the hook that way.

Step 3: Sectioning and Length

Time to get started.
Take a section off of the synthetic hair that you will be working with.
How much you need to take all depends on how thick you want the resulting dread to be. For this tutorial, I'll be making a pencil thick long purple dread, so I won't need that much.

It's hard to estimate exactly how many you can get per bag, but here's a generalization
(all single ended and all are my experience, these aren't exact statistics. It varies greatly person to person)

Length
Long dreads - Leave the section the way it is
Shoulder length dreads - Cut the section in half
Short dreads - Cut the section in half, then in half again

Size
*FYI: The sections I use can tend to run smaller than others use*
Pencil:
Long - 10-12
Medium - about 20
Short - between 30-40

Marker:
Long - 6-8
Medium - about 14
Short - about 20-30

*Please keep in mind that the amount of dreads you can get per bag truely does vary person to person. I like to make mine a bit thinner, so therefore I can get more out of a single bag.*

Step 4: Secure

Very simple.
This is when you hook the synthetic hair around the hanger which is just as it sounds.

Wrap the hair around the hanger hook and make the ends even with each other.

Then, simply tie the hair around the hook. (picture 2)
Not too tight though, by doing this you are making the loop that your hair will go through.

Step 5: Backcomb, Backcomb, Backcomb!

Now the fun starts!
Backcombing is THE most important part of making dreads. A poorly backcombed dread will fall apart and not work. When it comes to this part just remember... The more you pack it, the better!

So, starting at the top, take your comb and begin brushing the hair backwards. First time through, you don't have to pack it very tight, like in the first picture it can just be a loose ratting. The hair should begin to look snarly and ratted.

After you have it loosely ratted, you can begin to pack the hair starting at the top again (pictures 2&3.) Pack it up to the very top where you have tied the knot and then just gradually work your way down the hair ratting it tighter.

When you get to the end, continue backcombing all the way through the tail end of the dread. Some hair WILL come out at the end, that IS normal. You can just throw that away.

*If you can hold the dread straight out on its side and it sticks straight out, you've done more than a great job :)*

Step 6: Done!

Congratulations!
It should look consistently packed all the way through (picture 2.)
Now your dread is finished. Slide it off the hook and everything is done.

Now you know all there is to know about backcombing and getting dreads started. Look to my next tutorial to see how to seal synthetic dreads and get them ready for wearing.
Thanks and hope it helped!


***I ALSO SELL THESE DREADS AND ALL OTHER DREADS FEATURED ON MY INSTRUCTABLES. IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THEM, MESSAGE ME! I'M ALWAYS AVAILABLE FOR ORDERS, AND I KEEP MY PRICES VERY MANAGEABLE! IF YOU WOULD RATHER NOT MAKE THEM YOURSELF I WILL GLADLY MAKE THEM FOR YOU.***

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mommy801 made it!(author)2017-01-03

when i.go to.web site were do i get the.haor.whats it under is it het.big braids ?or what is the link its.under,

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Stormcloak+King made it!(author)2015-05-22

How would one go about messaging another on this app?

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JamesT20 made it!(author)2015-05-01

Can you do this with wool roving?

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GenA2 made it!(author)2015-05-20

no you really do not want to back comb with wool roving. you will want to roll the wool on a hard surface or palm roll the wool into a dread.

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Delete_ made it!(author)2013-11-09

I made this but with a cheap hair extension

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cfmx made it!(author)2013-07-21

when i back comb my dreads they become extremely thick and messy, am i doing something wrong? i would like them to be as long as you have them pictured but they ended up being half the intended length.

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brooklyn.bombshell made it!(author)2013-01-30

Awesome tutorial, thank you. Quick question though - in some of your pictures (the ones with the blue, black and white dreads), your dreads seem a bit thicker or... fluffier. How do you achieve that look?

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daxzelstar made it!(author)2011-01-09

Ive never tried making dreads before, but now im pretty sure ill give it a try :) Thanks for the help! Btw, how can you die synthetic hair since i cant find any cheap different colours?

<3

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masbury made it!(author)2011-05-01

try ebay

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Chainsawww made it!(author)2011-01-09

no problem.
synthetic hair can't be dyed... there's a huge amount of colors though that's how I make mine..
www.ikickshins.net
go there.

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cj120708 made it!(author)2010-08-21

This is awesome! xx Was just wondering how to do double ended dreads?? I'm sure its pretty much the same general idea, but how would you start them?

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Chainsawww made it!(author)2010-08-25

its pretty much the same concept, I'm going to try to make this tutorial this week though so just check back!

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robinlindsay made it!(author)2010-05-05

where do you find bags of synthetic hair?

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ashvariety made it!(author)2010-07-29

I get mine at a place named JJs Beauty supply, Luckily they are much cheaper than lots of the stores for the hair, I only pay 99 cent per bag. If you are near Salisbury, North Carolina, it would be worth your time checking this store out.

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Chainsawww made it!(author)2010-07-08

www.ikickshins.net

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alspants made it!(author)2010-04-28

how long should it take to do a whole head of dreads? i want to do 90- 120, and they're gonna be both short and medium length... i'm just not sure if i'll have time to finish them before i go to a festival the day after tomorrow...

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poirotonflute made it!(author)2010-03-02

 In order to cover the whole head with synthetic dreads, how much synthetic hair do you usually by? And how much does all that cost? 

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Chainsawww made it!(author)2010-03-25

 When I do a full set, I buy between 10-12 bags depending on how long/thick I'm making the dreads. And when it comes to money, I've never spent more than 40 bucks on a set making them myself.

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HarajukuDanielle made it!(author)2010-04-16

really more then 40  bucks? when i make mine it only takes me about 5 bags of hair... probably why i sale mine for 40 less then others lol
-Harajuku Danielle

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HarajukuDanielle made it!(author)2010-03-02

depends on how big you make them maybe 60-90 and $1
-Harajuku Danielle

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Maureclaire made it!(author)2009-04-26

Totally cool !!!

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Chainsawww made it!(author)2009-04-26

Thank you! Glad you liked it

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b324 made it!(author)2009-04-25

Thank you for the instructions. I needed it for the soft sculpture dolls I make. ( I call them "locks" as they are not to be dreaded.

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Chainsawww made it!(author)2009-04-25

You're welcome, glad I could help

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