Ask the Attic- An Elastic Question

Q: I’ve got a simple question, what kind of elastic do you recommend for falls and lox?
-Wondering about the base

A: There are several ways you can go when choosing the elastic you’ll use as a base for your synthetic hair pieces. But there are 3 main options. The first are elastic hair ties, the second is sewing elastic, and the third is stretch lace. Each has their pros and cons.

Elastic hair ties are great because you’ll never lose the ends and they’re made specifically to hold onto hair. You can generally get them wrapped more tightly than the other two options and they’re super easy to tighten on the fly (or the dance floor!) The most important thing to remember if you’re going to use elastic hair ties is NO METAL. Go with the thicker elastics without the metal crimp closures. Those closures will give out sooner rather than later and they’ll catch on your hair and your falls creating friction, and frustration, that you just don’t need.

Sewing elastic is a popular option for creating fall bases. It’s extremely strong and comes in a wide variety of colors. Due to it’s construction, you can sew your lox and dreads right onto it to keep them from shifting. If you’re making extremely heavy falls, this is a great option because the weight of the hair won’t destroy the elastic. The main problem with sewing elastic is that it’s made to slip into waistbands, and because of that, it tends to be somewhat slippy on your hair, and even when tied in a knot. You’ll have to re-tighten your falls more often with sewing elastic as a base, and you may want to add some hair pins to secure it once you have them on.

Finally, there’s stretch lace. Stretch lace is a good, all purpose base for falls. Because of it’s rough texture, it grips your hair, and that keeps your falls from sliding around on your head. Also, because it’s thin, it tends to be much easier to tie than sewing elastic and comes untied less often. Stretch lace is more delicate than sewing elastic though, so if you sew a bunch of very heavy dreads to it, you risk having it tear (think about what happens to that stretchy lace on the legs or waistband of your underwear after they catch on a zipper.)
However, for cyberlox falls, stretch lace can make a perfect base.

In the end, the best choice is the one you’re most comfortable with, and goes best with the materials you’re planning to use. If it’s only lox and foam, I’d recommend lace or hair ties, if you’re going heavy duty and putting on lots of synthetic or long wool roving dreads, then hair ties or sewing elastic are probably the best choice for you!

After you’re done with your falls, send us pictures of the final work! We’d love to see how they came out!

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