Synthetic hair would not be the first choice when choosing dreadlocks extensions but, it’s one of the cheapest alternatives to human hair. Human hair extension can cost up to $400-$500 for the hair alone, and if you can’t install them yourself then, it’s an extra &500-$800.
Using synthetic hair is a short-term fix so your hair can grow with the extensions. After you can cut them off when you are satisfied with the length. There are a few pros and cons to using synthetic hair for dreadlocks extension, and in this post, I’ll highlight them as well as “how-to guide” to locking synthetic hair.
The Pros And Cons to Synthetic Hair For Dreadlocks Extensions
- Cheap– Marley hair cost at least $5.99 per pack compared to human hair and you can get 20-25 locs per pack.
- Availability– You can find Marley hair at every beauty or online hair retailer store also, they’re a lot of colours available.
- Reuse Hair– You can take out the synthetic dreads- shampoo, blow-dry and crochet the hair back into your head.
- Natural-looking- The hair looks natural on your head.
- Heavy–Synthetic hair is very heavy, as it soaks up water and other products.
- Itchy-It sometimes is very itchy but, you can soak them in water and vinegar to remove the chemicals from the hair.
- Course-Synthetic hair is courser than human hair however, you can drip them in boiling water to soften them up.
- Stick together–After crocheting, they may stick together so I recommend you use 5mm crochet needle and lock them tighter.
How To Make Dreadlocks With Synthetic Hair?
Product Needed: 5mm Crochet Hook and 2-3 packs of Marley hair.
- Take two strands of the hair.
- Place your two fingers into the hair and interlock.
- Then, take an end of the extension and fold it over.
- While you are inserting the crochet needle in and out the extension, twist the hair.
- Continue this technique down the locs however, leave a piece loose so, the hair can connect with a crochet needle.