dreadfall attachment options
Moderately pic-heavy how-to under the cut. Sorry, Lj people!
Temporary dreadfall attachments, the Random method v. 1.0:
You will need:
Single-ended dreads on a string
Enough hair to make at least a short ponytail
A hairband or two
You might want:
Hair sticks. (Actually, you probably will want at least one set of these.)
Hair pins, if you’re determined.
A big wide (tribally) headband to cover more of your own hair, should the falls not quite match
Big boofy flowers/other decorations for extra coverage
This is just my method. Someone else’s method may work better, and if it does, more power to ‘em. (In the interests of research, I’ve linked to a few other options below.)
First, put your hair up near the top of the back of your skull. If you can make a bun, do so. Smaller and flatter is good because that’ll be less hair for the dreads to hide. If you can’t make a bun but can still make a stumpy little ponytail, you’ll need those hair pins.
Next, get your dreads. Fold their string in half so you’ve got roughly half the dreads on either side of its bend, and make a loop at the end. This will make two parallel rows of dreads. (Some people know how to make one gigantic dreadly boof on one little part of one string. I don’t yet. If I ever find out how, I’ll link to or post about that as well.)
Put the two rows over the top of your bun. Run the ends of the string through the loop and pull them tight. Tie the loose ends together if possible—if not, wrap them around the bun again and pin them down.
(Yes, my hair is wet in these pics.)
Flip your head over and check and see that the fall isn’t set so far up that it looks funny, or so far down that it also looks funny is gonna drag itself out via gravity. Also remember that a big mass of dreads looks . . . well, like dreads, but there's nothin' that'll help you not look like you're wearing a giant yarn ball on your head unless you match colors well and/or hide the rest of your hair. To help hide everything, grab a handful of dreads and wrap them up and around the base of the fall to cover where it attaches to your head.
Hair sticks can be added here. If your fall’s a heavy one you’ll want them, as they’ll help take its weight off your head. Try to get them through your real hair & against your skull without jamming them through the middle of the dreads themselves. (It’s taken me forever to get this up—the repairs/construction tutorial could take a decade!)
Headbands and flowers help as well. Some people glue the flowers onto their headbands or make special attachments; I chopped a set of JoAnn’s sale lilies apart, melted their plastic ends until they worked like hair sticks, and used them as such.
Voila! And I hide.
About a billion other installation methods can be found here, but I don’t know if the kind of dreads I make would do well with being worn for weeks & put through the shower. Also, a neat (if sometimes dizzying) four-piece full-head-coverage fall attachment vid by Glamourbomb can be found here. More may come as I pick up more information; otherwise, here’s to me getting the damned how-to-make-‘em tutorial up sometime this month.