I am making this post as a response to one of the most frequent requests, and that is to show progress pictures.
The thing about dreads, or rather the way I’m making mine, is that up until the moment when they’re all done and finished they don’t really look like dreads. I’m using synthetic hair (or fiber), that feels and looks a lot like natural hair, and – just like natural hair – needs to be teased and backcombed a lot before actually becoming dreads. After that happens, crocheting or steaming is what turns the fiber into dreads. Finally, for some types of dreads, even more sealing takes place. And once the set is made, it immediately goes onto my special “white board” for a photo shoot – to be then posted on Instagram, Facebook, various social media and in the shop.
Most people are – naturally – very excited to receive their own custom set of dreads, and wish to be involved in the process as much as possible. Sometimes (and that is also understandable!) a customer needs reassurance that the set is, in fact, being made, and is up to the schedule. These are all very valid reasons to ask for progress pictures while the set is being made. However, as I’ve explained above, up until the dreads are pretty much ready to be shipped out, they look like a fluffy blob of hair and don’t resemble actual dreads (nor can they show how the dreads will look when they’re sealed).
These are progress pictures of the set in the making. Doesn’t look like much!
Below are the dreads that this kanekalon chaos has turned into.
As you can see, all the progress pictures are good for is seeing the colors you chose for your set in a form of one very thick floof ball. One thing worth mentioning about this example is that I specifically chose a set with contrasting colors for displaying. In case this is a one color set, or a common combination such as blonde and brown ombre, a progress picture will show even less. In case the set is braids – there wouldn’t even be any, as those are done without any “in between” steps, I take kanekalon and turn it into braids (magic!). And don’t forget that our monitors and even light conditions during the photoshoot can make the colors look a bit different from the original – that makes it pretty much useless for matching colors or seeing if it’s the right one you chose. For example, the set above looks “warmer” on my tablet’s screen due to its settings. I hope this little article explains why I don’t take progress pictures and why they wouldn’t be useful if I did. If you have any questions or would like me to add anything – please feel free to leave comments below or contact me via links on the front page!