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Ask The Attic – Cyberlox Fix

Q: My cyberlox are homemade. They’re made from mini-crin and are simply constructed: I sewed the crin onto an elastic. But the elastic snapped a week after I made them.

Is there a simple fix to this, Or is my only option of repair to unpick my stitches and re-sew the crin onto a better elastic?

-Broken Lox!

A:  One option you might try is to get yourself some thin, plastic lacing, we like Flexrace,
and use it to tie the whole thing onto a new piece of elastic, trimming away the extra bits. You could even cut up the
old elastic between each attachment, but leave it attached to the crin (don’t pick out the old stitching.) That way, you
have a perfect pre-made bend in the crin so you’d know where to tie the lacing. The lacing on the above link is thin,
flexible, and very strong, so you can just tie a couple of knots in it and it’s extremely securely fastened. If you send a
photo of the damage, we might be able to come up with some other ideas for you!

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HUGE News From The Attic!

Ok, kids, today is the day many of you have been waiting for. As you know, we haven’t been taking custom falls orders, or even orders for double ended dreads. Between rheumatoid arthritis and some other illness issues, your pal Amalthea just hasn’t been up to it. I know, weep, weep, squish squish. However, recently, a friend moved back into town. The lovely owner/creator of Enchained Treasures, Sue!

Oh, hai Sue! Don't look so sad, we're about to work you to the bone!

Sue has actually worked on many of the falls you already own, as she’d been apprenticing with the Attic before she was cruelly sucked away to the evil state of New Jersey (sorry, Jersey people, but that’s what happened.) Now that she’s returned, she’s coming back to work at the Attic! So, under my watchful eye (NO falls will go out without having been fully checked over by me, and I’ll be watching the whole process until I’m FULLY certain that you’ll be getting the quality you’re used to!) we’re now taking orders for custom falls, double ended dreads, and, soon, single ended dreads again! We’re doing wool, synthetic, lox, the works! So now you can stop ‘yer bitching. If you’re looking for single dreads, just hit up the shop here, you can order those for yourself. Looking for a pre-made set (Sue’s working on those too, never fear!) you can find those here. Want those customs? Of course you do. Then hit up this page to fill out the form! I know. It’s almost too much awesome to handle. However, there’s some MORE awesome coming.

Sue is, by trade, a jewelry maker, and she makes some awesome stuff. She’s going to be doing some guest blog posts with video tutorials showing how YOU can make that awesome stuff too! She’ll also be taking custom chain maille orders soon. So keep your eye out for that.

Finally, last awesome thing, we’re going to be filming  and the posting video tutorials on making synthetic dreads and falls, wool dreads, cyberlox and more in the coming months! How will you ever stand all of this coolness? I don’t know, that’s on you. For now, just bask in the glow of all of this great news and we can’t wait to see you in the Attic!

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Ask The Attic – Unraveling Dreads

Q: I have synthetic falls and some of the dreads are starting to become unraveled. How can I fix this myself?

A: Synthetic dreads, over time, can unravel for a number of reasons. A lot of the time, these reasons involve zippers, piercings, or kittens, sometimes these things just happen. Whatever the reason for your unraveling woes, most synthetic dreads can be relatively easily repaired.

The most simple method is to take your dread, and lightly spray it with water. You’re going to want to “mist” the thing, not jet it. You don’t want to soak it, you just want it slightly damp. Now, once it’s been misted, twist it back into the lovely smoothness it once had, and, VERY CAREFULLY, use your hair dryer on it on the hot setting. Start with your dryer at least 8 inches away from the dread and move closer slowly. Go up and down the length of the dread, keeping it tightly twisted as you work.  Remember, most synthetic fibers will melt under intense heat and you don’t want that. What you’re hoping to achieve here is a re-binding of the fibers. You can repeat this process several times until your dread is tight again, always giving a re-mist before the next pass.

Another method you can use to re-seal your dread is to boil it. Twist away, like you’ve just done for the previous method, secure both ends in your sink, NOT  using your fingers (you can use any kind of clip, or weight, or combination of both, but since you’re using boiling water here, we highly recommend you NOT use your fingers to hold the dread in its twisty shape. Once the dread is tightly twisted and secured, pour boiling water over it. Give it a good, hot soak and then remove the dread from the sink and place it on a doubled over towel to dry. If you can, keep it twisted while it does so. Once it’s dry, your dread should be happy again!

Finally, you can also use a straightener to re-seal your dread. Using the same twisting method, again mist the dread with water and going quickly up and down the length of the dread, clamp the straightener down on the damp faux hair, paying particular attention to the end. This method requires extreme care because synthetic hair melts very easily and you can end up with hard clumps in the dread, a ruined flat iron, melted plastic dripping onto your skin (which is VERY UNPLEASANT. We cannot stress that enough) or any number of other miseries. Still, it’s an option, so we’ll mention it, if not recommend it.

A last note, if you’re hoping to make your own dreads or falls, there’s good news! Any and all of these methods can be used to make dreads from scratch after you’ve done a good deal of backcombing to the hair. We’ll be giving a full (and by full, we mean, photos, the works!) tutorial on making falls in the future, but until then, try these tips to help you get your unraveling head back into clubbing form!

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Custom Falls Are Back? Yes, Slightly.

We’ve added a couple of new pairs of synthetic falls to the shop! There’s only two sets, so get ’em before they’re gone. As for custom falls, here’s the new deal. We’re taking a VERY limited number of custom orders again. Production times range from 1-3 months, so if you have an event, plan accordingly! Slots go rather quickly, so if you want them, contact us with the following info:

Name

Email

Base (wool or synthetic)

Colors you’d like used

If you want any extras

How many? (a set of falls or a single fall)

Once we have that info, we’ll send you an estimate. If it works for you, you can claim a slot. As for the small print? Well, there really isn’t any. Suffice it to say, if it’s 90 degrees and 80% humidity, new orders will be on hiatus. Similarly, if Amalthea’s RA is acting up too severely, this too will put new orders on hiatus. So, get ’em while the getting’s good.

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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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