The downlow on extensions

Firstly thanks for choosing me to create your locs, and start you on the dread journey. I appreciate your support as a small business it means a lot! This page has important info and video content to help guide you in your decision making process

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Human hair vs Synthetic hair

What are the key differences? What are the pro’s and con’s? And the most asked question of all, what are the price differences?

key differences + pro's / con's

Lets start with the key differences. Human Hair is just that, it feels like natural hair, sits like natural hair, is softer and not as stiff once made into dreadlocks. It can be dyed darker. It is a bit lighter weight on the scalp too. Depending on the grade of hair will depend on the quality. (I can get in A grade and AAA grade.) Some human hair is heavily chemically processed, Some may say “Virgin REMY” which means not touched, virgin hair straight from the head – which in most cases on the market is not correct. I source my hair from a supplier that states they ‘ethically source’ their hair. 

Synthetic hair is essentially plastic. It’s made up of fine, coloured fibers that look like hair. It typically comes in a variety of colours human hair is not naturally available in (like rainbow ombre as an example) Keep in mind because it is plastic some brands are not tolerant of high temperatures. Straightening irons are often out of the picture – also keep in mind the use of hairdryers on synth hair (and sitting too close to fire places and open flame!) 

Synthetic hair is consequently cheaper to purchase, different quality is available of course. I use high quality, high temperature tolerant, Kanekalon fiber. Once dreaded it can sit a bit more stiffly on the head, It is heavier and can feel un natural when touched. It however can LOOK like real hair. I have noticed over the years that I have worn synthetic extensions that the tips can gather lint build up, which I haven’t seen with human hair.

It also doesn’t hold water like human hair, it runs off the fibers rather than soaking into the hair. Good or bad? You decide. I have used synthetic hair to give more length to my own dreads and they did the trick for the short term. At the time of writing this I am looking to add human hair to the tips of mine dreads replacing my synths, many people do this over time.

Costs of Human vs Synthetic

Let’s start with the cheapest option. Synthetic. Given it’s plastic and more easily available it is cheaper. The following prices are an estimate of what to expect to spend on a full head creations with me (as of Nov 2020)

A full head creation is anywhere between 35 – 65 dreads depending on head size, amount of hair and thickness

Synthetic length 18- 22inch   $245 – $455

(not including installation charge and full dread head creation of natural hair)

Most colour’s are available check them out here

Ok, onto Human hair.. The following prices are an estimate of what to expect to spend on a full head creations with me.

A full head creation is anywhere between 35 – 65 dreads depending on head size, amount of hair and thickness.

Human Hair extensions for a full head creation require between 190 – 250 grams of hair

A Grade 18-22 inch (Colour dependent) $390 –  $580+

AAA Grade 22 – 24inch (Colour dependent) $485 – $680+

(as of April 2022)

(not including installation charge and full dread head creation of natural hair)

Most colour’s are available check them out here

SO, HOW DOES IT WORK?

I’ve had a bunch of questions lately regarding hair extensions, so hopefully the information below will help cover most bases!

Q: How do they get attached? Do they start at the scalp?

A: The way I attach extensions, is at the tips (end) of the natural dreaded hair. Depending of how well the persons hair dreads, or the quality of their ends will dictate how far up the dread the extension ‘seams’ will be. And how nice a ‘blend’ we will get.

Q: Do the extensions get attached at the roots to thicken the hair?

A: In short no. I could do although it won’t make sense to. I can always make bigger bases to create thicker dreads. (See my Vlog for more info on dread bases and choosing dread size.)

Q: How much hair length will I loose?

A: Well that depends on a few factors. Did you want whispy ends or blunt ends? 

Two main considerations are the type of end you want and how far up the seam your extensions need to go. There’s no set in stone answer. I need to make sure your extensions don’t come out at the end of the day, too.

If you choose blunt tips – keep in mind it will take longer to create and will use up some length.

As a ROUGH guide consider 5 cm lost in the join and 3 cm lost for blunt ends.

Over the first 3-6 months dreads tighten up and start to form, the hair twists/bends/shortens inside the dread and so length will be lost there too – by how much, its hard to say exactly. Bank on between 7-12 cm. Then it’s all grow time babae!

If you want long dreads, consider getting longer extensions 

Q: How do you colour match?

A: Up until now I have been doing this via email consultations. I have only limited time to meet in person but will look into this in the future if you live local to me.

Q: What if the colour doesn’t match the way I like!?

A: If you’re not sure of the colour we have chosen is the best fit for you, A suggestion is to take it to you normal hairdresser and ask them to colour it to the exact match of your normal colour. 

Q: If I brought in my own hair extensions could you add that for me?

A: Yes of course, there will be a hair prep charge however I’m happy if you wanted to order hair or bring it in from past extensions.

Q: Is there a extra charge for extensions?

A: Yes there is. I do include a ‘Hair prep’ cost in quotes $80 for a full head, $70 for partials (April 2022) This is to cover the hair sourcing and order time, washing the hair and pre-tease of hair prior to sitting.

Q: Can you wash or colour the extensions?

A: Yes human hair extensions can be dyed just like your hair, although in most cases only darker. I would recommend going to your salon to die lighter prior to install. They can be washed as normal too.

Synthetic hair is plastic so won’t take to hair dye. It also is temperature sensitive – so straightening irons are out of the question!

examples of past mahi (work) below

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Woollie extensions

Synthetic hair extension