June/July 2016 Seattle work binge photos

These are the highlights …I don’t have time to document everything, but…. I snap photos as regularly as i can.

Synth dreads adorned with sparkles beads and antique buttons

This is a skinny double synth dread in chocolate brown. It can be pinch braided onto natural hair, or a natural dreadlock AND it can be attached by way of classic double end attachment, I would recommend a blanket stitch braid so the natural hair attachment stays up near the root and doesn’t take any of the bead’s or button’s thunder 🙂 I use two kinds of string/thread. The thicker string is a bonded nylon  type I purchase from either www.dollylocks.com  or www.threadexchange.com. I sew it through the length of the synth lock where I will end attaching the sparkly pretties. This provides a secure base for attachment. I also use the bonded nylon to attach those gorgeous , rare, and expensive antique tribal buttons. I use a much finer nylon beading thread and size 10,11 beading needles to anchor all those little sparkle seed and Swarovski type  sparkley beads. These adorned synths can be worn well for many months. I was pretty tough on my own and they held up swimmingly for 14 months in perpetuity.  I still have them and keep them around for a future install since I don’t know when a beaded dread mood will strike. They take me about 60-90 minutes to create after I have the dread base done and the supplies assembled. I would love to offer a class in this, although I know I need to dial in the details… So, for now…. I’m creating and will likely sell on my etsy site. My etsy store is   called “Fiercelocksinc” and is run my me, Dreadful Jonquil or Jonquil Dreadful . Thanks for reading, feel free to ask questions about where to buy  supply stuff if you are interested in further details.

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While in Dollylocks country….


Im on a continuing education holiday here in St. Pete Florida! Dollylocks methods, along with their amazing product line,has been evolving beautifully.

Im creating this blog to show  the work Ive observed and created while in the store…including bottle labeling!!!

Alin Leslie, owner and operator of Dollylocks store and product line, has her product filling/container labeling operation in a separate room behind the salon which is very efficient and interesting…Fascinating things going on behind the chair and behind the salon service area. She can complete a brand new set of natural dreads and then walk 20 feet and label 100 containers, and pack 70 shipping crates following that!

I want to be clear that I was mostly observing on this trip, so the dreadlock work in this blog is primarily completed by either Alin or Caylin.

If you are reading this as a professional or student in the cosmetology industry, you should consider coming for training as you will not be sorry…they teach so well!

When I come visit I also enjoy a trek or two at Sawgrass park…so… I included a few gators and water critter in the gallery 🙂 *enjoy*


Synth dreads in blackened browns

Installed in Seattle on a work binge weekend. After consulting over email with a couple photos, I created more than enough synth to accommodate different scenarios. She had recently tinted to black, but had a couple inches of virgin new growth that was described as a chestnut brown. I used Doctored Locks Artist Fiber synth hair in the following colors: off black, chocolate, chestnut, walnut, cocoa, flaxen ( just a scoche of flaxen). This color convergence allowed for many possibilities within the natural hair’s color scheme from natural growth in mid brown to black that had been tinted and even the natural lighter brown and dark brown highlights that occur in natural hair. I created around 70 skinny double synth dreads using  this rich 6 color myriad in various lengths to end up with a natural layered look.

  • a skinny double dreadlock is a two legged synth dread that uses the same amount of fiber that a single leg synth dread uses but instead of the full bulk being combined into one leg it is divided into to thinner legs.
  • A pre made skinny double can save about 4 hours in the chair. I can absolutely create synth dreads right on your head, however, if you have a time crunch  to accommodate pre made skinny doubles can be an effective choice since it cuts your chair by 50 %!!!!
  • skinny doubles add more movement and volume, thicker single leg synth dreads are also voluminous and depthy, but not as much as skinny doubles…each has slightly different awesome qualities. I offer both methods to accommodate many types of requests.
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