This Halloween I decided I needed something to really push my flying fox costume over the top. I had seen these cool looking hair falls before, so I decided to try to make some of my own! It ended up being super simple and they can be just the thing to being your costume to the next level!
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Step 1: What You'll Need
You only need three things to make these awesome hair extensions:
- mesh tubing (sometimes called cyberlocks or crin and comes in different colors and thicknesses. I used 5 yards of orange and 8 yards of bronze for each fall. You can use more or less depending on how full you want them.)
That's it! Lets get started!
Step 2: Cut Your (cyber) Hair!
You will probably start with some really long pieces of mesh tubing. Cut it into pieces twice as long as you want your final falls to be. It can be a bit of a challenge to cut the mesh tubing, but I found if you stretch it out a little bit so it gets narrow through the part you can to cut that makes it a bit easier.
Step 3: Finishing Ends
There are a few ways that you can finish the ends of the mesh tubing. I wouldn't recommend leaving it as is after you cut it because the edges will fray and unravel.
If you want pointy-ended hair you can tie it in a knot and trim the loose edge as close to the knot as possible.
For flat, hollow-ended dreads, you can flip the cut edges inside the tube, kind of like you're cuffing your sleeves, but inside out. This it my preferred method of finishing these things, but feel free to try a different method if you want a different look.
Step 4: Tie One (or Many) On
Once you have finished all the ends of the lengths of mesh tubing, start tying them onto your hair band using double knots. The mesh tubing will compress a lot so you can tie them pretty tightly. Try to tie the mesh to the hair band as close to the center of the length of tubing as possible so all your hair will be a uniform length. Or tie it off center to get a layered effect!
Keep tying on more lengths of mesh tubing to your hair band until it has as many strands as you want.
Step 5: Wear It!
You can wear this over two buns or ponytails or both on one bun or ponytail for more fullness. Position the hairbands so most of the tubes are on top of the buns and can cascade over, cover most of your hair and give the falls more body.
For my costume, I made one bun high on my head and one bun at the base of my neck and wore one hair fall on each bun for a long, cascading mane of sparkly cyberlocks down my back.
Sources for the rest of my costume: