Thursday, 13 December 2012

Yarn braids...finally!

Hope I can hold for a month or two...without a wash!

I finally decided to get yarn braids yesterday as my style for this x’mas season instead of the weave I had been considering. I did not want to do this style because a few people I knew who had done it before mostly claimed it to be a very painful braiding experience. Considering the sleepless night I had and the throbbing pain I still feel on my scalp, I would have to agree with them. This is a style for the daring unless you leave it free as individual braids without bunning it. I did a little research on how to maintain it together with my hair and I came up with the same answers. Avoid getting it wet!! Hmmmmmmmmmmm.....................I may keep this in for 2 months if my scalp can take it. I am on the hunt for a dry shampoo just in case my scalp gets too dirty and itchy. Below is an excerpt of an article I found about wool or yarn hair:

Advantages Of Wool Hair
If you are wondering why wool or yarn might be used to make extensions, the answers are varied.  One obvious reason is that yarn and/or wool is usually less expensive to use than human or synthetic hair.
Wool and yarn are both much lighter than hair and the difference in weight is a factor for some people. If you think about it, the original Rag dolls were made with yarn for their hair.  Of course sheep wear wool instead of hair.
Since wool or yarn is usually attached through pinch braiding, merging the wool and yarn with natural hair into braids, as dreads or wrapped around existing strands, no glues, waxes or chemicals or used.  It is also considered easier to extend hair with dreads, braids or wraps.
Depending on if you are a Goth fan, you may or may not wear your wool and/or yarn extensions to a major Goth festival or clubbing. Some people who love dreads and don't have time to develop their own long dreads, will use wool for "instant" dreads.
Some people will use wool extensions to fill in for real dreadlocks or as temporary dreads.  Since yarn and wool can be braided, wrapped or as fill in "hair" it can be very handy.

Wool Hair Is Lighter

Wool hair is often recommended for people with very fine hair that is not suitable for real hair.  Any type of health problems such as chronic headaches, scalp or skin conditions which would be problematic due to the weight of extensions hair would warrant wool.
There are light wool strands that can be combined with your natural hair to create dreads  Many people will use multiple colors for a dramatic look. 
Light wool dreads can be purchased in brilliant colors, standard colors, two-tone and even three-tone shades.  Some supplies offer up to 4 different colors.  Basically there are not limits to what can be done with the wool dreads.
There are different wool hair installation methods.  If you are merging the wool with your own hair a very common method is the pinch-braid method. 
Some people prefer pinch-braid because this eliminates the need for chemicals, glues or special treatments.  With the pinch braid method, your own hair is usually braided down one side of the wool strand so you have an intermingled braided effect.  The actual wool strands are attached right at your root.
Depending on the length of your hair and how much wool is added, the installation time can take approximately 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours.  Keep in mind that every person is different and thus the times will vary.

Disadvantages Of Wool Hair

When utilizing wool or yarn it is important to buy the right product.  This is true if you prefer to buy hair.  The right hair makes all the difference.  This is true of yarn and wool.  Some wool will shrink when it gets wet or is washed. 
This may not sound like a concern unless you are wearing the wool at the time and it shrinks into your hair, causing it to become difficult to remove.
Wool fibers can break off and tangle around your real hair which means that in extreme cases you may need to cut the tangle hair out to remove the wool.  Or be content with permanent wool infused dreadlocks.  You should check the wool attachments on a weekly basis.
Wool also may develop an intense aroma with it gets wet.  Some people would describe wet wool as having a pungent smell.


Maintenance And Care

Most experts that work with wool hair state that the wool can last for several weeks, if not months, with proper care.  This means that at some point during that extended period you will need to wash your scalp.  It is important to avoid getting the wool wet as much as possible. 
Wool, which is very light when it is dry, gets very heavy when it gets wet.  If you wish to wear wool intermingled with your hair which will require that you shampoo on a regular basis, consider the following popular wool washing options:
1.  Wrap as much of the wool in plastic wrap or plastic bags and segregate from the rest of the hair before washing.  This will keep the wool part of your hair dry.
2.  Use only dry shampoo formulas like cornstarch or cornmeal and focus the dry shampoo ONLY on the scalp or your natural hair.
3.  Have someone help you shampoo and apply a very small amount of diluted shampoo to your scalp and then rinse carefully to avoid getting the wool wet.
To help the wool hair extensions to last as long as possible, experts recommend regular maintenance visits that will maximize the life-span of the extensions.  During maintenance visits the rows that have loosened due to hair growth or other normal conditions, will be re-tightened.
Many wool hair wearers have different opinions about whether to completely abstain from washing or not.  You will have to find your own appropriate care methods.



  1. It looks good but I don't think I'll venture into it cos you've also had some pains. Regular cornrows with my own hair is torturing enough. Besides, if I get it, I can't deep condition the hair so I might stick to regular kanekolon braids for the new year.

  2. Come to think of it, I can also use the yarn for braids instead of the wrap.

  3. Awwwww thats nice! suits u i like the design at the back but i dont think yarn braids is for me tho! too scared about the pain

  4. We have similar blog templates!lol I haven't had yarn braids done since i was a child and yes they are painful can't even begin to describe the pain. lovely blog now following:)

  5. I'm so glad I started blogging..... meeting all you lovely ladies and getting more inspiration!! The aches and pains went away on the third day, and I can even apply my T444Z and JBCO now...though it is a little difficult getting my fingers under the bun....If I undo these braids in about 2 months and I don't have excessive breakage, I might consider "bearing"it!!


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