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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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Ecologically Conscious Dreads With LaetiLocs

Opening

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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LaetiLocs Etsy Changes

What We Are Doing

One of the defining factors of LaetiLocs has always been the ability to build any set that you can imagine. We are well-known for being one of the few online dreadshops that allows complete customization of a new set. We have always loved offering this service as many of our most gorgeous sets have been made for online clients. With that said, it’s no secret that we do not get on well with the lack of customization allowed on Etsy. We simply can’t create the type of listings we can here on laetilocs.com. This is why we’ve decided that within the next couple of weeks, all custom listings on Etsy (with the exclusion of a few) will be replaced with designer sets and most custom sets will be site-exclusive. This allows us to better control the prices so you don’t overpay, to add as many options as we’d like, and for you to checkout with your preferred method, not PayPal and ‘Other’, as Etsy puts it. We know this is a pretty massive change, so we’re ready to answer any questions not covered in this post. Head on over to our contact page to get in touch!

If You are Coming From Etsy for Custom Sets,

then the process will remain the same for you. The only difference is that you’ll be contacting us via Email instead of Etsy conversations. If the conversations are more comfortable for you, we’re still happy to use them as a form of communication, but the actual order will need to be placed on laetilocs.com. This is actually much more convenient for you, as you won’t need to deal with a severe lack of checkout options that Etsy does not allow us to have access to (US only methods). Additionally, our site has a much simpler and clearer product page with all of the options and information at-hand, not hidden in sub-menus or excluded due to “max characters reached”. You’ll also have access to our rewards program, where buying just a single set is enough to garner an awesome reward or two.

If You are Wondering Where to Buy Designer Sets,

the site and Etsy will continue to have identical prices. While most sales are going to be site-specific, the prices will not change. Designer sets available both here and Etsy will have the same options for the same prices as before. It’s up to whichever platform is more convenient for you. Please do note that purchases made on Etsy will not be included in our rewards program unless you have an account on our site. We still have to put that information in manually, so you may need to remind us if you’ve ordered on Etsy.

If You’re Waiting to Receive Your Custom Set From Etsy,

don’t worry! It’s still being made or on its way. All orders of custom sets will still of course be fulfilled. Everything will continue to run as normal on Etsy. The only difference will be the listing overhaul. Existing orders won’t be affected in any way.

Closing

We still love selling on Etsy and want to be sure that we are able to provide our services to the best of our ability. We just know that our pricing structure doesn’t work too well with Etsy’s current system, and we realize that sometimes we tend to overcharge or undercharge simply due to Etsy’s limitations regarding variations and customization options. Designer sets will remain on Etsy as will a single custom listing set. That listing will function the same way our site does, with length and color count determining the price.

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LaetiLocs Etsy Shop Vs. LaetiLocs Website

November 2016 & August 2018

Before Etsy, LaetiLocs didn’t exist. All of our services and products were made and sold on the online social media platform known as “VK” under a totally different name, hence why you’ve probably seen a “Pandora” watermark on our oldest images. Our Etsy business was created in November of 2016 in order to start selling our products internationally and without the limitations of a social media platform. From then until August of 2018, we struggled with slightly looser yet still strict constraints of a third party platform. From increasing advertising costs to decreasing visits for seemingly no reason, we needed a better solution for the world to see our custom sets. In August of 2018, we (mostly Caleb) developed our webstore at laetilocs.com. This site included all of our products along with our ever-growing color palettes. It’s still being updated almost daily and makes ordering custom sets online easier than ever before.

If you’ve perused both our Etsy shop and our site, you’re probably wondering why you should use one over the other, and that’s a perfectly valid question that we’re here to answer. Our website not only offers MANY more customization options, but it also allows us to add a plentiful amount of products that we cannot bring to Etsy, including more designer sets, more pre-made items, and even cheaper sets such as our ombre products.

Why Our Website Works

Many people may choose Etsy simply due to the consumer protections Etsy has in place, and that makes sense. With that said, it’s important to note that due to our online payment platforms, Square and PayPal, the same if not better protections are active for each order. For more information on our policies and your protections, you can read our short terms and conditions page. Our website is built with security in mind, and we care very much that everyone feels safe ordering from us here. We have an SSL certificate courtesy of Siteground, our hosting provider, and Let’s Encrypt, a world-renowned https provider. Every page forces https, so your personal information is always safe. Additionally, we always try to remain responsive from the time the order is placed until it is delivered to you. We know that a 6 week processing time is long, and we don’t expect you to wait until your set is delivered to message us. You’re welcome to message us any time for updates, to change details, or simply to talk about synthetic dreads. We won’t ignore you, and if we don’t reply, it’s because we haven’t seen your message yet. Our previous customers can attest to this fact as well. Many of the feedback we receive is about our customer service, and it’s one area where we really try to give it our all. We know how hard it is to trust smaller businesses on the internet, especially when they’re on their own website, and we definitely want to be seen as a trustworthy brand.

Etsy doesn’t play nice when it comes to custom items, unfortunately. We are very limited in how many questions we can ask and even how long each question can be. That’s one thing we LOVE about our new website. We always love to hear from you, but it shouldn’t take a lengthy exchange of emails for someone familiar with synthetic dreads to know that they would like their set to be single-ended or to have curly tips. These are questions we are able to ask on our website, which means less typing for you (especially on mobile devices) and more dread-making for us.

One of the worst things about Etsy in recent years is the sheer amount of fees associated with selling there. At the current rate, almost 1/10th of your money spent on a new set on Etsy goes straight back to them in some way and not towards actually making your set. Our payment providers also take a small percentage, but it’s much less and is one of the reasons we are able to have cheaper products on our website, such as our listing for extensions or our listing for ombre sets. We are already selling ourselves short with these, and it’s quite possible we could be selling these items at a loss on Etsy.

Of course, we are always grateful for Etsy allowing us to grow our business in such a way that no other platform would, and we are happy for clients from both. Our clients’ sets are made with just as much blood, sweat, and tears whether they are from Etsy or our website. While we don’t put in quite as much effort in maintaining our Etsy shop as we used to, it doesn’t mean it’s going anywhere anytime soon, quite the contrary. Once our website is up and running with all of our planned features (An article on that is to come later), we will devote our attention to both equally.