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COVID-19 – LaetiLocs Changes

Hair Supplier Changes

Due to the quarantine here, our hair supplier has closed their physical storefronts. Lucky for us, they are still delivering material. However, this means that we are waiting on bulks of material to arrive. This has put quite a dent in our working schedule as we can’t predict when our material for working will arrive. However, we are still working with the material as we receive, so we are still making sets.

Post Office Changes

Our local post offices have not only dramatically decreased their working hours, they’ve also limited how often we are allowed to go. We are currently making one post office trip a week, which means that sets are only going out on one day each week. We are bulk sending all of the sets made that week on that day. Additionally, they are not working on Saturdays or past 5:00 P.M.

Sets are Still Being Sent

We know that many sets are overdue right now, and we are doing our best to get them out as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience as we work through this difficult time, and please stay indoors and safe!

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Keeping Clean – Washing Your Dreads

Keep It Clean

With everything going on in the world, one of the most important things we can all do is keep it clean. Washing your hands and face every time you return home is very important right now. In the same spirit, today’s topic will cover all the need-to-know tips and tricks for keeping your dreads squeaky clean without damaging them.

Conditioner – No-Go

One of the most common mistakes dread-wearers make when washing their synthetic dreads is using conditioner. After all, it seems so harmless to use something we all use on our hair normally. However, conditioner causes the synthetic hair to behave like real hair and become silky smooth, undoing the dreaded hairs (similar to what can happen with natural dreads). Kanekalon, the material we use, behaves very much like natural hair, so it’s important to always keep this in mind when using products on your new dreads.

Shampoos – Brands to Buy

When choosing a shampoo for your dreads, you need only to ask one questions: “Do I like the smell?”. Any brand of shampoo is perfectly safe for your synthetic dreads so long as it doesn’t have conditioner in it (Sorry 2-n-1’s).

Washing Your Dreads

It’s important to remember that washing your dreads too often can result in them untangling or having other complications. I recommend washing them around once every 7 days, but you are safe to wash them every 5 days, especially if you have an annoyingly itchy scalp.

When washing your dreads, gently lather them in your shampoo of choice. Then rinse as normal. There is no super secret method to washing them correctly as long as you aren’t too rough on them.

Wrapping Up

Washing dreads is as simple as washing your own hair; You just have to do it less often and more gently. Keeping clean now is more important than ever.

Are you interested in getting your own set of synthetic dreads? If you’re tired of bad hair days, check out some of our favorite sets below!

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Upcoming Changes to LaetiLocs Pricing

In January 2020, our prices are changing

Every year, we at LaetiLocs take the time to reflect on our previous year and how we can improve as a business. This year has had many ups and downs, some of which we are still feeling and dealing with now. At the beginning of last year we increased our prices in order to accommodate our free shipping offer. Our shipping costs ~$10 for set, so we increased our prices by $5 in order to try and absorb some of these costs. However, that means that we are still paying out of pocket the additional $5. Along with this, we also have absorbed the costs for additional colors and lengths. Each additional color for a set will cost us at least $7 if not more while we only charge $5, and longer lengths drastically increase the shipping costs. This is not including our Etsy fees and advertising fees, which are ~5% of each order. We’ve learned this past year that we can no longer remain sustainable if we keep absorbing these types of fees. By the end of January, we will be updating our pricing structure so that we will be less burdened attempting to absorb these fees than we are now. Basically, we aren’t trying to gain more profit; We are simply trying to avoid paying out of pocket for larger sets.

Here’s how it’ll work:

We will not be changing our prices for sets that only require one color and are 15 inches or less. This includes sets such as Jalmari and Plum, along with ombre sets like Black Widow and Horizons that are made with premade color patterned material. We will continue to absorb fees associated with these sets at the mentioned lengths.

Sets that include additional colors, such as Ashes or Greased Lightning, will increase in price by $10 for any length between 15 and 20 inches. This will cover the cost of the additional material as well as the Etsy fee assocated with it.

All sets that are 20 inches in length will increase in price by an additional $10. For example, an ashes set that is 25 inches will increase in price by a total of $20 so that we will no longer absorb any fees associated with manufacturing the set. A longer set requires much more time and energy to make, so we believe that we should be fairly compensated for said sets.

How we will compensate you for changing our prices:

As many of you know, we have introduced several new methods for receiving your sets sooner than our regular wait time. We now offer the option to receive any set in the dreadwisp style, decreasing your processing time to as little at 2 weeks (depending on the set and the material required for it). We also offer an expedited processing time for a small fee depending on the size of your set.

We will continue to provide the best customer service in the business along with high quality sets and a wide range of choices for you to consider. Thank you to everyone who’s supported us and sent us love on our social media. We are forever grateful. And thank you for understanding why our prices needed to increase for a second year in a row.

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Wisps: The Lightest Sensation at LaetiLocs

Dreadwisps – The Ideal Synthetic Dreads

Dreadwisps are the newest style available here at LaetiLocs, but what makes them so great? You may have even noticed recently that I’ve been wearing a set myself. I can talk about how great they are all day, but why not show you? Synthetic dreadwisps are the perfect dreads due to their light feel, lack of pull on your hair, their excellent look, and their fast processing time.

After Installation
Before Installation

What Makes Them so Darn Light?

When I make dreadwisps, the method of production is very different from my classic crochet style. This method, while maintaining the same voluminous look as classic crochet dreads, uses less hair. This leads to the light feel that everyone loves about these dreads. Take a look at the pictures below. You’d be hard-pressed to find any major difference in looks. On the right we have my classic crocheted synthetic dreads, and on the left, we have my new dreadwisps. The one on the left has a processing time 3-4 weeks LESS than the one on the right, feels lighter, and won’t have the heavy feeling all dreads have, regardless of the material used, from wool to synthetic hair.

Dreadwisps are not only light; They are also incredibly smooth and feel wonderful to wear. Whether you’re sleeping, traipsing through the woods, doing a photoshoot, or relaxing on the couch, you won’t feel any of the associated discomfort from your dreads. This has been one of my biggest pluses while wearing them.

Dreadwisps
Classic Crocheted Dreads

Why Do Dreadwisps Look So Darn Good?

When I unveiled my new dreadwaves style, the reception was rather quiet. When I sat down with my husband and business partner to go over possible reasons for this, we were able to put the puzzle pieces together and see that dreadwaves weren’t popular due to their distinct look. They look nothing like what our customers expect to see when they picture synthetic dreads, or any type of dreads for that matter.

Dreadwaves
Dreadwisps

When I unveiled dreadwisps, however, the reception has been overwhelmingly positive. I took the time to perfect my method for this style and made myself a set to show off. I offered the option locally first, and many of my previous clients have purchased and had a dreadwisp style installed. They are all crazy in love with it and many say they won’t go back to any other style of dreads.

Now I am offering dreadwisps for any set online! And if you’re still not sold, then I’ve saved the best for last: The processing time.

Why Are Wisps So Voluminous?

Dreadwisps are also very voluminous compared to classic crochet synthetic dreads. If you have a look at the pictures above in the first section, you’ll notice just how thick and wonderful the dreadwisps look. This is again due to how they are made and their loose style.

Freshly Installed Dreadwisps

Why Do Dreadwisps Ship So Darn Fast?

One of the biggest benefits of my method for making these amazing new sets is that they aren’t nearly as time consuming to create, which means that I can get them to you faster. Our processing time for classic crochet sets is currently 5-7 weeks while the dreadwisp sets ship in as little at 1-3 weeks! That means less time waiting for your set and more time wearing it. Seriously, what’s not to love?

What’s Not To Love?

You can’t go wrong with dreadwisps, but if you’re still skeptical, you can try them for even less. Our new set customization process (that you can find on any set here) allows you to purchase a set for as little at $25. Additionally, with our easy exchange program, if you dislike your dreadwisp set for any reason (We guarantee you won’t!), we will remake your set in the crocheted style for no extra cost. There’s no risk in trying our amazing new style, so what are you waiting for? Get yours now right here.

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Synthetic Dreads – Terms and Their Meanings

The Wonderful World Of Misunderstandings

I’ve made a ton of synthetic dreads over the years, and that means I’ve done a lot of communicating as well. One of the most common occurrences among communication between my customers and me is the misuse of terms. It’s lead to many an issue, especially when some of the details get muddled. Many people and even other dreadmakers tend to misunderstand some of the terms used when describing synthetic dreads, and I think it’s important that everyone is on the same page so the set you receive is the set you wanted.

What Does it Mean?

Synthetic Dread Extensions – This is one of the most misused terms I hear here at LaetiLocs. Many people tend to use this phrase when they are describing sets of synthetic dreads. The problem is that the word ‘extensions’ implies that you need something to extend onto! If you ask your dreadmaker for “synthetic dread extensions”, you may end up receiving a set that is meant to be installed into existing dreads, and that’s no good if you don’t already have dreads in your hair.

Loose Ends / Whispy Ends – Loose ends on synthetic dreads are undreaded ends and appear more whispy than if they were dreaded all the way down. I’ve actually had requests for whispy ends or non-whispy ends when the opposite was wanted.

Crochet Dreads – Crochet dreads simply refer to a style of making synthetic dreads. Dreads made with a crochet are typically much more held together than those made from other styles, such as handrolling. I make my dreads with a crochet, which is why many of our customers compliment our quality. It is a much longer process, but the result is always worth it as crochet sets can last a lifetime. To summarize, crochet dreads is a misnomer and only refers to how the dreadmaker makes the dreads.

Smooth Dreads – Smooth dreads are another style of synthetic dreads that I frequently use here. Smooth dreads typically do not have as much frizzled hair as crocheted dreads do, and the styles ultimately boil down to which one you prefer the look of.

Single-Ended Dreads vs. Double-Ended Dreads – This one is a doozy because both of these choices differ but don’t really have much impact on the final look of your synthetic dreads. Single-ended synthetic dreads have a loop on the end that hair is pulled into to install. Double-ended dreads have two ends and a fold in the middle that is folded into hair to install. Single-ended sets typically come with 70 – 90 single-ended pieces while double-ended sets typically come with 30 – 45 double-ended pieces. I always recommended double-ended sets for synthetic dread newcomers as they’re easier to install and uninstall.

Knowing Terms Saves Sets

Knowing the terms and their proper meanings can save you a ton of time and help you make informed choices about your new sets of synthetic dreads. If there’s ever a word that your dreadmaker uses and that you don’t know the meaning of, it never hurts to ask. I love answering questions and helping you design the set you’ve always wanted.

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The LaetiLocs Lateness of 2019

The Past Few Weeks

The past few weeks have been very eventful for us here at LaetiLocs. One of us is currently out of the country for a while, and the other has been working tirelessly on getting things caught up. You’ll know if you ordered in July and August, chances are your set is either late or behind schedule to be shipped according to your order date on Etsy or our website. This is a first for us as we have never been this late on this many sets before, and we’ve even had to lengthen our processing time temporarily. We have run behind a few days on some sets in the past, but we know that some of you have been waiting weeks, and we want to sincerely apologize for those affected, but rest assured we are working very hard on getting your set to you as soon as possible. If you would like an update or need a rough shipping date, you’re welcome to email us or contact us however you’d like. In addition, you may have seen our new dreadwaves option in our store. If you’d like to switch your set into this new style, you’re welcome to do so as this new way of making sets takes half the time it does to make a regular set. Simply contact us if you’d like to switch styles. We also wanted to note that while we’re still happily accepting all orders, we are not running ads anywhere until we are caught up.

The Next Few Weeks

Within the next few weeks, and most likely before October ends, we are planning to be all caught up on sets and sent out to you. This is the primary focus of Laeti (Vera), our dreadmaker. Caleb is currently out of the country and is working remotely on things like the website and answering messages. He should be back on location in around a month or so. We will also be working on some website changes during the next few weeks, and we have a few new things coming that anyone who makes dreads of any type may be interested in, so stay tuned for that. One last thing that will be changing in the next few weeks will be our processing times. Once things are caught up, we will be drastically reducing them to be more reasonable. We will also start adding an option for expedited shipping at checkout. Our expedited shipping option takes around 7-10 days to arrive anywhere in the world, which means some types sets could be in your hands within 2 weeks.

Our Autumn sale has been postponed slightly this year compared to the time we ran it last year, but it will be returning soon, sometime in October. We aren’t quite ready for that, and we don’t want to run a sale while our current schedule is so far behind.

The Rest of the Year

After we are all caught up, we will be doing some pretty big things behind the scenes. Firstly, we plan on adding some new members to our dreadmaker crew. We would like to have one person come aboard, but we may have more depending on what’s next for us. More dreadmakers mean you get your sets in half the time. Secondly, we’re planning on adding more dread options to our site and expanding beyond synthetic dreads. With that said, synthetic dreads will always be our specialty, regardless of what else we decide would fit in our store. We hope you have a fantastic October, and we once again want to apologize for the lateness of our current orders.

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Ecologically Conscious Dreads With LaetiLocs

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This is a bit of an unconventional post and not the one I intended to release this week, but this is something that is very important to us here. If you’ve ever purchased one of our sets, please take a couple of minutes to read about what you can do with your old LaetiLocs materials.

We Love the Earth!

Protecting the environment is something that most people care about, and here at LaetiLocs, we are no exception. One of the things we love about our dreads and the materials we use is that the vast majority of them are re-usable, right down to the packaging we use. If you’ve ever received a package from LaetiLocs, you’ll notice that the packaging material we use is either recyclable or reusable by you. Our planet is precious to us, and it’s on us to ensure that it stays that way.

The Earth Loves LaetiLocs

The first and foremost greatest thing about synthetic dreads is their re-usability. The sets that we make are high quality enough to be worn over and over again without the need to trash them and order more later. We design our sets to last nearly a lifetime. Even better, if your set is destroyed in some way, the material is synthetic plastic. This is a recyclable material that you can put in your recycle bin at home.

We encourage you to recycle all of the materials that our sets come with. This includes our classic paper wrap paper and our rope/thank you tag. It’s all recyclable, and we’d hate for it to end up in a landfill somewhere!

Below are two of our three birds, Lucy and Elby, and they also wanted to remind you of how important it is to recycle your LaetiLocs materials, just like they do!

Recycling Centers Map

Click here to find recycling centers near you

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Progress Pictures

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!

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To Dread or not to Dread?

In my personal experience as both dreadmaker and dread enthusiast, there are two main questions people ask themselves before deciding to get synthetic dreads: 

  • Will they look pretty on me? 
  • Is it safe for my natural hair

Now while the first one is completely a matter of personal tastes and opinions on what’s pretty or not, the second one is actually very important to consider. I have been making dreads and braids for a pretty long period of time (I’m celebrating 13 years of braiding this Summer). I’ve also been wearing all kinds of dreads and braids for as long as I’ve been a braider and dreadmaker. Over the years I’ve had long hair, short hair, dyed hair and naturally dyed hair, I even went bald couple times because I got tired of hair and wanted to know how it feels to not have it at all. However none of those changes were a result of having braids or dreads in. Not once over the years have I experienced any issues related to wearing synthetic dreads or braids. So, to answer the second question – yes, it is completely safe to wear synthetic dreads or braids!  There are, however, certain rules and guidelines that must be followed to keep it safe for your natural hair. 

  • First of all, do not install too much synthetic hair! Whether you’ve purchased your dreads online or contacted a local dreadmaker to make and install them, you need to make sure you’re only installing one full set (or less, if you only need an accent). Pretty much any quality dreadmaker knows how much synthetic hair is needed for a full set of dreads or braids. If your hair is extremely thin, simply go for shorter dreads, since the shorter they are, the lighter their weight is.  
  • Don’t go styling your dreads tight after you’ve just installed them! Styling dreads and braids is one of the most fun things to do with them – and you will be able to do it anytime you want; however it’s best to let your dreads loose at least first couple days after you’ve installed them. Normally, when they’ve just been put in, your hair is already braided tight into the dreads, which is fine – that’s how they stay in your hair for a long period of time. But it’s best to not add to it, so styling the dreads or braids too tight in the first few days of wearing them is not recommended. After a few days, you’re free to style them the way you like!
  • Don’t wear the dreads for more than 3 months at a time! Normally, every case is individual – people with thick healthy hair can afford wearing synthetic dreads for the whole 3 months without having to worry about it; those with thinner hair (and I’m one of them) should cut this time to about 1,5 – 2 months tops. Generally my advice is to consider your individual traits and see for yourself, especially if your local dreadmaker isn’t there to provide you with recommendations. After you’ve had your dreads in for a safe period of time, you can take them off, give your hair some rest (a week is recommended), and then you can just install them back in! The great thing about synthetic dreads is that you can wear them for as many times as you like, it’s not a one-time purchase – it’s a nice investment in your personal style allowing you to change things whenever you like!


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Dreadstyles

There are tons of ways to style your dreads, and in this week’s blog article, we’ve got a treat for you! We’ve produced a video instead of a blog post to show you some popular dreadstyles. If you like this one, we’ll continue this series periodically for you guys so you can see all of the awesome ways you can style your dreadlocks.