hey, I'm new here. My name is Kat & I'm looking to get into dread making for myself & to sell on if they're successful.
A while ago (about 3 years now) I started experimenting with making fake hair out of wool and then I gave up because I sucked. I sold all my wool and just put it all behind me. Now the craving as come back.
I found a tutorial on a website (linkage: http://www.angelfire.com/freak2/rovingtutorial/) which suggests soaking the wool with hot water & *any* soap with a high pH (does this mean clothes-washing-detergent liquid, hand-soap, fabric conditioner?) to let it "felt" before twisting/moulding it into dread shapes. I did that, and it worked on the day but the next day it'd poofed out a bit so I resoaked and it stayed...now I'd like to know is this the best way to make wool dreads? The tutorial says to use hot water. I tried luke warm and then gradually got hotter until I settled with using boiling water (obviously with a bit of cold in it to avoid melting my hands) and then I wondered how can I make it keep its shape? Is using hair moose advisable? I thought maybe it'd help them stay smooth and stuck together. AS I said, I'm new to this and I can't remember how my friend used to make them - we've lost touch over the 3years so I can't ask her.
They seem okay for today (did them yesterday & day before) but obviously using straighteners will flatten them & I'm worried a hairdryer will make it all fluffy. (Am I making sense?) I was wondering if a) anyone had any technique for treating and using this wool or b) if there was another way that might be better. Also, how do you stop the ends fraying? One bit of dread is twisted and I'm worried it'll untwist and look stupid. I'll post pictures of my creations later but any help would be amazing!!
Thanks very much for sticking with this post for this long! ~ K@