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I have been thinking a little while now about having synthetic dreadlocks weaved into my hair and after speaking to a few friends I was firmly headed in the direction of the Elysee Star Synthetic Dreadlocks. So I went online and had a lok and found, first off, that they came in a wide veriety of colours and designs and also that they were of a decent length (24"). Each pack came with 10 dreads and for my head only 3 were needed although they say anything around 6-7 packs are needed for a full head (I only had half a head). I used Black and green colours in my hair and found the black was a good deep black and the green was a very vibrant colour. They were easily applied to my head although no instructions of application were included with the pack although instructions can be found online. When in, the dreads felt secure and didnt irritate by back as others have done and stayed in pretty good condition for most of the time they were in save a few which started to loose their twist. However I found these dreadlocks to be very heavy, altough this is a common trait with synthetic dreadlocks these seemed even more so. This could, however be due to the thickness and quality of the lock. I bought these locks from Afrocare.com for £5 per pack of 10 and then postage on top of that. They can also be found on Ebay and I have yet to find them in any local hair care shops. In all a good lock, shame about the weight.
I decided recently that I wanted a change when it came to my hair, and I thought of dreadlocks, but I didn't want to take the time and effort required to grow and make my own. A friend of mine recommended that I buy some synthetic ones and braid them into my hair. I looked online and found some synthetic dreads made by Elysee Star. These are made from a kaneklon fibre, and they come in a large range of colors. Each one is 48 inches long, but these get halfed as you have to braid them into the hair from the centre, so each single dreadlock becomes two dreadlocks when braided into the hair. You buy them in packets of 10, and you need about 60 to do a full head of them. They taper off at the end, and when you run your fingers down them, you can feel they are actually quite silky and smooth, even though they have the rough look appearance of dreadlocks. The colours available include red, black, blue, orange, white, blonde, brown, multi colored and transitions. I bought mine in red, black and white and red striped. I have 60 of them in my head, and it took about 3 -4 hours for them to be all put in. It is quite simple to put them, they are just braided into the natural hair with plaits and banded off. At first, these do pull on the scalp as they are quite heavy and they will take some getting used to. I have had mine in for a few days now, and I am used to the extra weight. They do look pretty awesome, and I am happy to know that they come out easily and won't cause any damage to my own hair when they do come out. A full head will usually last you about 6 weeks before they need to come out and be rebraided should you wish to have them put back in. They are reusable, so you can keep putting them back in as long as you look after them. It is a good idea not to get them wet as they will pull you backwards with all the weight of the water and they will take a couple of days to dry properly. To keep your scalp and roots clean, invest in a small bottle of dry shampoo and use this once a day. If you are looking for a new look, I recommend Elysee Star Synthetic Dreadlocks as they really do create a great new look, and if you are ok with the effort required to put them in, then it is worth the time it takes. You can buy these online at www.1stophair.co.uk and www.afrocare.com. They cost around £5 for a packet of ten dreadlocks, and you then add VAT and shipping at the checkout. Personally I think these are worth the price and effort and I really love the look I have right now. I totally recommend these to everyone looking to have dreadlocks without ruining their own hair.