Making wool dreads
Wool dreads can look cool as add on to your own dreadlocks. Wool is light weight and does not irrtate your scalp. All colours and colour combinations are possible and you can make them yourself.
In this tutorial we'll explain how you can make a double ended wool dreads in one colour (the pictures were made during the making of single ended dreads, but the description is for double ended dreads).
What you need
1. The wool roving
Start by cutting the roving into pieces of the right length. The finished wool dreads will be about 20% longer than the piece of roving. A piece of 30 cm will get you a dread of about 36 cm.
If you want to make sure you calculate the right amount of required wool roving for your project, use our wool dreads calculator.
Once you've cut the roving, you'll need to tease it out a but. Do this to prevent creases and flat dreads when you start rolling the roving later on.
2. Into the water
Fill your bucket or bowl with very hot water that you can still stand. Add a bit of olive soap (or other soap as you wish).
When the soap has dissolved, put one piece of roving in. Keep it in the water for about 2 minutes. You can push it gently under water, to get it soaked well.
Information: the hot water and soap make the scales on the fibers open op. When pressure is applied you can make any desired shape. Once the woolstarts cooling off and the moisture gets out of the wool, the scales close again and the wool maintains it shape. This is the process of wet felting.
3. Shape it
When the wool is well soaked, take it carefully out of the water. Pick it up while holding the end of it. Put it gently down and start rolling immediately. You may choose your own method: if you prefer rolling the wool between your hand (like palm rolling real dreads), just do it. It is okay to put a lot of pressure on the wool. Just make sure that the wool stays wet. In the middle you should apply extra pressure and pull the dread a little. The center of the doubled ended dread is the portion that you will attach to your own dread. That is why this part may be thinner.
If you're not satisfied, you can soak the dread - or a portion of it - in the hot water. Than start to shape it again. We do not advise you to roll the dread on a towel: this will absorb the water from the dread, which is not too practical if you need the time top shape the wool dread.
4. Leave it to dry
Once you have your compact wool dread, hang it somewhere to dry, preferably near your heater. We found S hooks to be very practical.
There are several ways to attach double ended wool dreads to your own dreadlocks, with or without rubber band. 2 examples:
More tutorials on wool dreads.
Unfortunately we do not have much time (nor the experience) to answer your wool dread making questions by email. If you have questions, you might want to try this forum: http://www.extra-muffins.com/hair/. There are a lot of people there with experience who might want to help you.