Synthetic dreads, also called dread extensions, can be a viable option if you only want dreads for a short time, or want to do a “test run” to see what you would look like with them. They are not usually made of real hair, but rather synthetic material, such as kanekalon. There are plenty of options out there as far as color, and installation is relatively easy (sewn, wrapped, or braided). Of course, I firmly believe the real deal is much, much satisfying and rewarding, but some people only want to pop them in for a day and be done with it. Hence, this page, to give you some options if you are thinking of going in that direction.
These come in many more colors than the kanekalon version, and are much, much softer. Usually, you can tell just be looking at them.
How Long Do They Last?
It can be a while. Several months if you take care of them properly. As your hair grows out and the extensions become loose at the scalp, it’s generally a good time to take them out.
Singled ended synthetic dreads means you can slide your natural hair through a loop at the top. Then, you would wrap or braid it into the dreadlock, at which point you would tie if off with a rubber band (be careful!) or thread.
Double ended synthetic dreads are twice as long as the single version. The neat thing is, they can be folded in half to mimic the look of two dreadlocks in one. One half of the dreadlock wrapped or braided into your hair, and the other half of it can be left to hang. General consensus is that this gives it a more realistic, authentic appearance.
This version can be worn and removed with little strain on your precious, natural hair. They are single end dreads that is looped through elastic or lace. You attach them by ponytail, and come in many options of length.
Of course, if you want to take the easiest route, you could just by a dreadlock wig and plop it on your head. Simple, easy, and you can whip it off when you’re done with it. To my naked eye, dreadlock wigs look nothing like the real thing, so don’t expect to fool anybody. Furthermore, people will most likely know it’s fake when you suddenly show up with a head full of dreadlocks. Still, people like to wear them for Halloween or parties.
*Photo Credit: Colour 4, Very Dark Brown/Off Black Nubian Locks Braid: Dreadlocks. Dreads. Synthetic Locks from Amazon.com