DIY Synthetic Dreads: Making Solid Single Ended Dreads

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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.
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Step 1: Materials

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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

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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

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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)

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

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

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.*
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JamesT203 months ago

Can you do this with wool roving?

GenA2 JamesT202 months ago

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.

I made this but with a cheap hair extension
cfmx2 years ago
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.
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?
daxzelstar4 years ago
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?

try ebay
Chainsawww (author)  daxzelstar4 years ago
no problem.
synthetic hair can't be dyed... there's a huge amount of colors though that's how I make mine..
go there.
cj1207084 years ago
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?
Chainsawww (author)  cj1207084 years ago
its pretty much the same concept, I'm going to try to make this tutorial this week though so just check back!
where do you find bags of synthetic hair?
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.
Chainsawww (author)  robinlindsay5 years ago
alspants5 years ago
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...

 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? 
Chainsawww (author)  poirotonflute5 years ago
 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.
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
depends on how big you make them maybe 60-90 and $1
-Harajuku Danielle
Maureclaire6 years ago
Totally cool !!!
Chainsawww (author)  Maureclaire6 years ago
Thank you! Glad you liked it
b3246 years ago
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.
Chainsawww (author)  b3246 years ago
You're welcome, glad I could help