How do I make dreads from synthetic hair?

Aside from buying synthetic dreads, you can also make them yourself. This can be done with all sorts of synthetic hair, but Kanekalon Hair works the best.
Kanekalon Hair is very stiff and will knot easily, this makes it ideal for making dreads. Kanekalon Hair is 60 cm/ 23 inches long (double), so the total length (single) is 120 cm/47 inches. Because of the stiffness of the material, it is easy to tease and the dreads will stay in better once it has been sealed/steamed. And that is what you want!

Different kinds of Dreads

There are a lot of different kinds of dreads and with that multiple methods of making your own dreads. To decide which method you should use, you first need to know what kinds of dreads you want to make.

Single or double ended dreads

Single or double dreadsStart by choosing if you’d like to make single ended dreads or double ended dreads. The single ended dreads have just one end. This is attached to your hair by taking a tuft of hair and pulling it through the loop on the upper side of the dread. This tuft is then split in two so you can braid in the dread. Check out our video in which we explain this.

Double ended dreads have two ends. The dreads will lay double over the tuft of hair and you use the two ends of the dreads and the tuft of hair to braid the dread in. Check out our video in which we’ll show you how to do this.

Thickness of the dreads

When you have decided to make single or double ended dreads, you choose which thickness you’d like for your dreads. You can make the dreads as thick or thin as you like. With very thick dreads it is important to keep in mind that they won’t get too heavy.
You can make smooth dreads or crocheted dreads. Smooth dreads are made by teasing them and then sealing them. Crocheted dreads have a more real/natural look. This is because Real Dreads usually are made with a crochet hook
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The crocheted dreads give a better quality most of the time because by crocheting you really knot the hairs together. You won’t be able to get this loose directly, which makes the dreads sturdier. You can use them multiple times because of this. Dreads that are only teased and sealed can be used multiple times as well. After you have braided them in a couple of times, you can always seal or steam them again. This way, you’ll enjoy your dreads longer!

Dividing the hair and determining the length

We advise Kanekalon Hair when making synthetic dreads. This hair is stiff and will knot easily. Divide the hair per pack. This way you’ll know exactly how many dreads you make out of one pack and you can keep this amount in mind when opening a new/next pack of hair.
First, divide the hair in half and then divide those halves in half again. This way, you’ll get four equal parts of hair. You can divide these in two or three again. Continue until you are left with the thickness you’d like for your dreads.
At the middle part of the hair (where the hair is folded) you can create your
attachment piece. Single ended dreads have a loop, which you can make out of the middle of the Kanekalon Hair. Then you fold the hair double, so your dreads will become double the thickness.

Once you have found the right thickness, you can start determining the length. The length you measure is double because the single ended dreads will be folded double in the end. This works the same way with the double ended dreads.

For dreads of 30 cm/11.8 inches, you can simply cut the hair in half. This way, you’ll get two pieces of 60 cm/23.6 inches. For longer dreads you can cut a little piece of or just use the entire length if you want.

Shuffeling (thinning out the hair at the ends)

After you have determined the length, you can shuffel the hair. This is done so that the ends of your dreads will have a nice tip to them.
To do this, you’ll take one tuft of hair each time and split it in two. Then you lay the middle part on top again but do this in a way so that the middle pieces aren’t precisely on top of each other. This will cause a slight difference in length at the end of the hair. This way, the tips of the hair are a little thinner already.
Repeat this a couple of times and make sure you switch between which strand will lay forward a little and back the next time.
Once you have done this, your hair is ready to be teased!


Teasing

Fasten the Kanakalon hair. With double ended dreads you fasten the middle part so you can tease one side at a time. With single ended dreads, you fold the hair double around a bar. This needs to have an open ending so that you can slide the dreads off once you are done.
Once the synthetic hair is fasten sturdy enough, you can start teasing. Start at the attachment piece and tease as tight as possible. The more you tease the dreads, the sturdier your dreads will become!


Crocheting your dreads (not absolutely necessary)

After teasing you can crochet your dreads with a small crochet hook . Because the crochet hook is small, you’ll ensure that you don’t make more holes in your dreads than is necessary. Start crocheting at the attachment piece and work your way around towards the end of the dreads. Crocheting a dread will take a bit of practice. Try to make sure that you don’t make a lot of bumps and lumps on the inside of your dreads. This technique is very different depending on what style you like. Try it out for a bit to see how you get the dreads you like so that the dreads you are going to wear are similar.
Blunt ends don't need to be sealed. Flared ends can be sealed where it's not crocheted.


Sealing your dreads

Now you can seal the dreads you made. This can be done in a lot of different ways. Want to know the best way to seal your dreads? Read about it here .

Done? 

Try not to cut your dreads unnecessary. Removing a couple of fluffs or cutting a bit of the length is possible but make sure to seal the dread after you do this.
The more hairs you cut away, the less sturdy your dread becomes.
If you made single ended dreads, you can reinforce the loop (attachment piece of your dread) by making a knot with yarn right underneath the loop.

Good luck and have fun making your own dreads!