A lot of ladies and gents that wear dreads regularly also choose to shave a bit of their head here of there to make installs more comfortable or for fashion reasons. But some people choose to go another route: enter the faux-hawk. Here’s a picture of me with one. Question is, is this a brilliant hairstyle or is the wearer not brave enough to cut it all off? I have about 1 inch of my sides shaved at the hairline, see here. I dye it regularly to match my dreads, but I keep the rest of my hair about 10-12 inches long, and undyed. Basically, I don’t want to kill my hair with dye because I like my natural hair, and shaving off large amounts would only lead me to being very upset later that my hair was gone. So I go faux-hawk from time to time. But there has been criticism out there that faux-hawks are for the weak and afraid. Maybe I am afraid of the commitment? Lots of people say “it’s only hair, it’ll grow back.” But me, I have a bald spot right at the front of my hairline on the right side, so I believe it might just not grow back. In fact, at any time more of my hair could mysteriously fall out leaving bald patches because my body obviously has the ability (I saw the doctor, and he warned me of future bald patches appearing.) Should people criticize others for not taking the plunge with the clippers? Does it really matter, faux or real hawk?
The battle between synth dreads and wool dreads rages on, the sheep and production line spraying sweat and blood across the land. Meanwhile, in a quiet corner, other materials weep to be so popular. There are, in fact, alternatives inside the Alternative Hair Extensions world, and we should all keep our ears perked up for them. The one I am most familiar with is Faux-Roving, or fleece dreads. Basically I cut long, thin strips of fleece with pointy ends, then stretch the crap out of it until it curls back on itself creating a tube kind of shape (tutorial here). They’re light, cheap, fast, and great for installs or falls (click for Pinterest gallery of Faux-Roving). But there’s so much else! Yarn is also one of my favorites. Yes, it could be argued it’s “wool” but yarn comes in a HUGE variety of materials, and they should ALL be used. Here I am wearing 3 types of colinette yarn which I cut, braided together, then braided into my hair. It’s fabulous because of the multi-textural quality to the hair. Yarn is easily accessed as well, and I’m willing to be it’s where many people start their hairy adventures. But I don’t think we should turn our back on it once we can afford synth and wool dreads; go back to the roots and try it again! Cyberlox. Yes, crinoline, what was once made of horsehair and helped women’s skirts stand out is now braided into people’s hair, and I could not be happier about it. Need a metallic or iridescent flash in your already established dreads? Go CYBERLOX! (Installed here with yarn, yep, 2 alternative alternative hair extensions) Scoobies, rexlace, foam, bubble wrap, rubber, wire! Anything we can manage to wrap our hair around, we should! Let’s try to push the boundaries even more and leave “natural” in the dust. Have you tried any of the alternatives to alternative hair extensions? What was your experience?