Introduction: DIY Synthetic Dreads: Transitionals
Hey! Another tutorial for all you dread fans...
This one is how to make transitional dreads, or dreads that fade from one color to another. They're extrememly pretty and really aren't that hard to make once you get it down. Some of it can be a little tricky, but don't be intimidated!
So here's another neat little dread variation to mix up your awesome falls and extensions!
Off we go...
(This one, just like most the others, can be done with single or double ended dreads.)
Step 1: You Need...
The basics, same as always.
- Synthetic hair, two different colors this time ( I use kanekalon)
- Dread comb
- A hanger
- A pen (optional, you can do it without one)
And that's all.
So let's start..
Step 2: Starting
When making transitionals, your lengths will be different than normal. They go like this..
If you want to make a full length (long) dread, you need a 1/2 length of each color.
If you want a medium length dread, you need a 1/4 length amount of each color. This way the two colors will add up to the full length you want. (Check comparisons below, pic. 1)
Now take your two equal pieces ( I am making a medium length dread so I will be using 1/4 length sections,) and decide which one will be your top color. You'll want a little more hair in the top section and a little less in the bottom, but that doesn't matter much.
Okay. So you're going to start these the same way you would normally start any other dread.
Take your hanger, and wrap the synthetic hair around it. Make your knot. (Pic. 3) Then backcomb the top section just like you would any other dread. (Pic 4)
(Remember, for any basic help you can refer back to my original tutorial: https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Synthetic-Dreads-Making-Solid-Single-Ended-Dr/ )
Step 3: Transition
Next is the tricky part. You start the transition part here. What you want to do is make sure that your dread is backcombed tightly enough, so that it won't pull apart. Now you take your pen or finger either work, and poke a hole through the dread close to the bottom (pic. 1&2)
Take your second color and pull it through the hole you just made. (Pic. 3) Take it through all the way, and match up the ends of your second color so they're even.
Now you want to backcomb the second part, just like you did the first. The trick here is NOT to pull too hard on the second color, you don't want to pull it out of the first part. Backcomb all the way down to the tail just like a normal dreadie. (Pic. 4)
The hard part is over gang
Step 4: Twist and Finish
Last step. Twist the dread all the way down tightly, (pic. 1) and seal as usual.
*Links to sealing tutorials*
Straightener method: https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Synthetic-Dreads-Sealing-Method-1/
Tea Kettle method: (coming soon, please check back)
After you seal the dread, you know you are done! Take a look at your new beautiful trasitional dread and check out my tutorial on installing them so you can really show them off!
Hope this helped, and as always feel free to ask question and happy DIYing!
***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.***