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Welcome to Diversity Hair!

Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • Interview Spotlight #4 - Hybrid Hair

    1: What is your name, and what do you do?

    Hello  ~waves~  I'm Kelly and I am the maker of Hybrid Hair Dreads.

    2: How did you get first get in to being a dread seller?

    Through the years I had brought dread falls and install kits from other sellers online I am quite artistic driven and seemed something easy I could create myself after having a bad experience with one of my sets I was more determined than ever to create something beautiful for myself. After a while doing research and making sets for myself and for friends creating all sorts of crazy ideas I decided to give selling a go.  Since then it’s been 9 years of making dreads and 7 years selling and I'm always finding new ways of creating new and unique dread sets through inspirations of mine and customs.

    3: What are your favourite Diversity Hair ranges/products?

    I would have to say my all-time favourite is the special effects hair thermal and tinsel.

    4: And what is it you like about them?

    They are so unique as hair products compared to the normal kanekalon you can buy, I love the fact you can make your dreads look totally different with how the thermal hair reacts to heat and with the tinsel hair I love how it adds that bit of sparkle its very eye catching.

    5: What is your most feared apocalyptic scenario: zombie apocalypse, robot apocalypse, or Tree apocalypse?

    I would have to go with zombie apocalypse hands down! The thought of the human race turning in to flesh eating monsters scares me any day!

    6: What is your favourite colour?

    I simply love the colour burgundy I love the depth of this shade most the things I own are this colour!

    7: Would you rather have a little finger with the strength of a hundred ordinary little fingers, or a big toe you could use to charge your phone in an emergency?

    I have to go with big toe! This would be really handy when I'm out all day or on the train with no sockets just take my shoe off and plug it in! Super convenient!

    8: Favourite Band, Movie, and TV Show? 30 seconds. No pressure. Possible bonus point for favourite book.

    My favourite band is The Birthday Massacre , TV show to date is The Walking Dead she says as she would fear a zombie apocalypse ~laughs to herself~
    Movie that's a hard one I would have to go with The Lord of the Rings series I can not pick just one!
    I'm not a fan of books so to speak but I am a big fan of reading manga which I have to say one of my favourite which is so hard to pick has to be paradise kiss by Ai Yazawa.

    9: What is your favourite set of dreads you have made, and was it for a special occasion? If so, what was that occasion? Pics or it didn’t happen (JK, we believe you either way).

    This would have to be my all time favourite this was a pre made set I made not so long back. I have a real love for mermaids! Even to the finer details such as the seed beads and pearlescent shells this set is just eye catching to me.

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    10: Is there a celebrity or performer whose look you admire? If so, who is it and what do you like about them?

    I would have to say Marilyn Monroe hands down I'm very big into my 50's fashion and she was the first icon I found myself being attached to when I was 16 not only for her charm but for some of the great classic movies she's starred in too.

    11: Would you like some toast?

    Yes please with a big dollop of chocolate spread! Let’s face it everything always taste better with chocolate!

    12: If you hadn’t got in to the wonderful world of dread selling, what would you be doing instead?

    I would have perused my art more in depth with drawing and painting. I still draw in my spare time when I get chance but my creative side of making dreads does take a lot of that spare time up I'm always thinking what can I create next!

    13: You’re on the Titanic. After you make your way to the lifeboats you notice the only seat left available is next to Piers Morgan and he looks talkative. Do you get on the boat, or take your chances on the next one which may potentially be too late?

    I don't know much about him personally so maybe go with sitting next to him? Was that a bad choice well I’ll find out now won’t I haha!

    14: If the people reading this at home only take one thing away from this interview, what would you like it to be?

    For the readers to get to know a bit more about the maker of Hybrid Hair and what she is like behind the screen, it’s always nice to get to know a bit more of who the artist is on a one to one basis.

  • Custom Colour Samples

    We now offer custom colour samples in the form of individual swatches and full colour rings, along with the components to make them yourself.

    We have already added swatches and full colour rings for our Super Soft, High Heat, Marley and Henlon ranges, and we have Jazzy, LA Trend and our Special Effects range to come.

    The perfect way to colour and texture match in advance without spending a fortune :)

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  • Interview Spotlight #3 - Black Sunshine Dreads

    1: What is your name, and what do you do?

    Hello, I’m Amy and I'm the dread maker behind Black Sunshine

    2: How did you get first get in to being a dread seller?

    Since I was a teenager I have braided my hair with coloured wool and used dyes so when I had my first proper chance to use the internet I came across the old Quinnsters forum and just fell in love with everyones beautiful dreads. A few years later I decided to have ago at making synthetic dreads for myself. People locally that saw me with mine started asking me to make them for them and it all started from there really. Ten years later and I couldn't imagine my life without crochet hooks and oddments of fake hair covering my house.

    3: What are your favourite Diversity Hair ranges/products?

    I love the super soft range!

    4: And what is it you like about them?

    It’s so easy to work with, the range of colours is gorgeous and as its name suggests it really is super soft!

    5: What is your most feared apocalyptic scenario: zombie apocalypse, robot apocalypse, or Treepocalypse?

    Treepocalypse for me. Where I live is pretty much covered in trees so it would be difficult to avoid them. Plus I have a real open fire so some of those angry trees might come after me to get revenge for their fallen comrades . Eek, Ive never given that much thought until now

    6: What is your favourite colour?

    Shades of black :p

    7: If you were in a cargo plane that crashed in the Himalayas with a hold full of Brussel sprouts, would you eat the Brussel sprouts first or the crew? Show your working out.

    Brussel sprouts on there own would be a bit boring so you would have to sacrifice one of the crew to make it into a nice roast dinner I think

    8: Favourite Band, Movie, and TV Show? 30 seconds. No pressure. Possible bonus point for favourite book.

    Band: Alice Cooper,  Movie:  Hedwig & the angry Inch, TV Show: American Horror Story, Book: Imajica by Clive Barker

    9: What is your favourite set of dreads you have made, and was it for a special occasion? If so, what was that occasion? Pics or it didn’t happen (JK, we believe you either way).

    It has to be the Splatoon themed set I made a few months ago,  In case you haven't heard of it, Splatoon is a game on the Wii U console where you are a cute little inkling character that has to 'shoot' opponents and tag areas with an ink gun. When the game first came out I was pretty obsessed with it and with all its bright colours I just had to make some dreads based off of it.

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    10: Is there a celebrity or performer whose look you admire? If so, who is it and what do you like about them?

    When I was a teenager it was Brian Molko, from the band Placebo. I went to the hairdressers to have my hair cut like his and let's just say it did not have the desired effect :p

    I also love the looks of Mairlyn Mansons ' Mechanical Animals'  and 'Antichrist Superstar' eras, White Zombie  and Mushroomhead. I love all of those guys music but there aesthetic as well the clothing colours, textures and overall style

    11: Would you like some toast?

    If there is a cup of tea going too then yes please :)

    12: If you hadn’t got in to the wonderful world of dread selling, what would you be doing instead?

    Probably something to do with caring for animals. I've always had pet rats, mice, cats etc over the years and they are my favourite beings to spend time with :)

    13: If the people reading this at home only take one thing away from this interview, what would you like it to be?

    Cats are awesome!

    14: We’ve put this question in because some people view the number 13 as unlucky. Is that ok with you? If not we can take it out and pretend it never happened, it’s cool.

    13 questions is A ok with me :)

    You can see the rest of Amys awesome work here http://www.blacksunshineiow.com

  • Interview Spotlight #2 - Tyto Dreads

    1: What is your name, and what do you do?

    Hi! I'm Monique, and I run Tyto Dreads. I am registered Self Employed, and have been making dreads for around 8 years.

    2: How did you get first get in to being a dread seller?

    When I was about 16 ruined my hair from all the dying, and not knowing how to do treatments. I had to keep cutting my hair, so even though all I've ever wanted is long hair, It could never grow very long. So I was looking for a way to have long hair, and still have awesome colours. Welcome in Dreads! I bought a few sets, however being 16 I couldn't afford to get all the pretties I wanted. So I tried my hand at making them. It took me about a year for the dreads to be any good, the first sets I made were terrible! I never intended to start selling. However, people kept asking where I had got them from and if I could make them some. I was a full time student so it was a nice hobby alongside school.

    3: What are your favourite Diversity Hair ranges/products?

    SUPER SOFT KANEKALON RANGE!! Like, seriously. The bane of a dread makers life used to be getting KK that would seal tightly and easily, and came in loads of colours. Then this beautiful range came along. Gone were the days of having only one shade of purple, pink, blue and green to choose from for smooth dreads. Seriously though, I do love this range. Back combs lovely, seals super quickly and easily, and is gorgeous. Especially the custom blends.

    4: And what is it you like about them?

    See above!

    5: What is your most feared apocalyptic scenario: zombie apocalypse, robot apocalypse, or Treepocalypse?

    Treepocalypse. I feel humanity has had so much exposure to zombie apocalypses (The Walking Dead, World War Z, Warm Bodies, Zombieland etc..) that we would be equipped to deal with such an event. Similarly, man is very familiar with the inner workings of robots, and I think somewhere in the world there would be a team of engineers locked away in a bunker ready to save the world. But trees?! What the f*ck do you do with millions of them chasing and stamping you?! They either stamp you, and you're dead. Or if people managed to cut them all down we'd die of suffocation due to the lack of oxygen the stompy trees gave us!

    6: What is your favourite colour?

    If mint green and baby blue were to have a baby, it would be my favourite colour. A kind of aqua-y colour.

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    7: If you were in a cargo plane that crashed in the Himalayas with a hold full of Brussel sprouts, would you eat the Brussel sprouts first or the crew? Show your working out.

    I'd have both and make myself up a roast dinner! Maybe go scavenging for some potatoes roasted in duck fat, Yorkshire puddings and stuffing. I'm sure some of that would be kicking around up there somewhere. (note, I've never been to the Himalayas).

    Cannibalism has never sounded more appealing - Dale

    8: Favourite Band, Movie, and TV Show? 30 seconds. No pressure. Possible bonus point for favourite book.

    • Breaking Benjamin or Daughtry (Band)
    • All the Saw films (film)
    • Family guy and Pretty Little Liars (TV)
    • The Hunger Games (Books)

    9: What is your favourite set of dreads you have made, and was it for a special occasion? If so, what was that occasion? Pics or it didn’t happen (JK, we believe you either way).

    Probably this set. I made it for an amazing woman called Tessa. She's a gorgeous, kind, generous lady who I'm glad I can now consider her a friend. She helped promote my page and I've managed to really grow with her help. I'm in the process of working with her on a new set, but I still get people wanting recreating of her original dreads.

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    10: Is there a celebrity or performer whose look you admire? If so, who is it and what do you like about them?

    I'm the last person to follow celebs and fashion.. but I love Kesha's whole vibe. She's grungy and alternative.

    11: Would you like some toast?

    Yes please. White bread, medium toasted. Marg applied straight out of the toaster so it melts and the bread goes soft. Then nutella on top so the melted butter and nutella mix and dribble down the sides. And a cuppa please, milk 2 sugars.

    12: If you hadn’t got in to the wonderful world of dread selling, what would you be doing instead?

    I have a Biomedical Science degree, so I would assume I'd be working in a laboratory. That is still something I'd like to do, and am actively looking for. However, there isn't that many opportunities for this and so I'm so thankful I have dreads to keep me going. It got me through uni, and continues to support me.

    13: If the people reading this at home only take one thing away from this interview, what would you like it to be?

    Please appreciate your dread maker. They appreciate you as a customer. If it wasn't for you, we wouldn't be able to do something we love for a living. We'll go out of our way to do everything we can for you. So please, add that extra thank you, and remember we're people too, and like to be asked how we are.

    (Plus the thought of a treepocalypse is bloody terrifying)

    14: We’ve put this question in because some people view the number 13 as unlucky. Is that ok with you? If not we can take it out and pretend it never happened, it’s cool.

    Only if it's ok for me to leave you with this - Why is a carrot more orange than an orange?

    I actually know the answer to this one, but I’ll see if some of our brainy readers out there want to give it a go in the comments. Some of you guys probably watch QI too ;) - Dale

  • Interview Spotlight #1 - Kitty Dreads

    Hello! Welcome to the first edition of what we hope will be a long running feature: interviews with the lovely, lovely dread sellers and other creatives out there who we simply could not exist without (not that we’d want to live in a world without their awesome hair creations anyway. Eww). First up in the Diversity Hair Chair is the wonderful Sanna from Kittydreads!

     
    1: What is your name, and what do you do?
    My name is Sanna, I work part-time as a student assistant. The other part of the day is the best, this is when I get to be creative with what I love the most – making dreads!

    2: How did you get first get in to being a dread seller?
    I actually bought a bag of machine-made dreads in October 2007, opened the bag, wrinkled my nose at them and thought, nope, I am making them myself. Therefore, I did! They looked utterly horrible, but I loved them to bits! It was also super fun to make them. I was depressed at the time as well so dreads gave me something else to focus on. A way of healing.

    3: What are your favourite Diversity Hair ranges/products?
    The Super Soft Jumbo Braid and the Rainbow brands!

    4: And what is it you like about them?
    I spend double the time per dread when I use these, and I am always so very happy with the results! Crocheted dreads feel so soft and cuddly!

    5: What is your most feared apocalyptic scenario: zombie apocalypse, robot apocalypse, or treepocalypse?
    Well the genre of movies I tend to stay away from is the zombie movies. I literally would not survive for a day. So please be a tree apocalypse so I can build myself a tree house and dread all day.

    6: What is your favourite colour?
    Khaki green. Although lately I have felt drawn to all earthy colours, such as ochre yellow, brown and earthy tones of red! However, khaki is life. Cookie.
    7: If you were in a cargo plane that crashed in the Himalayas with a hold full of Brussel sprouts, would you eat the Brussel sprouts first or the crew? Show your working out.
    Well. This is an easy one. I am allergic, yes, allergic, to meat. I also hate Brussel sprouts. We are in a bit of a situation here. Darn. Cannot handle a zombie apocalypse nor a Brussel sprout/crew problem...

    8: Favourite Band, Movie, and TV Show? 30 seconds. No pressure. Possible bonus point for favourite book.
    I can’t really choose a favourite between Pink Floyd and Genesis. Please forgive me! I can watch Disney’s Tangled over and over again. TV Show? Bones! Book – The clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M Auel. Gimmeh them bonus points!

    9: What is your favourite set of dreads you have made, and was it for a special occasion? If so, what was that occasion? Pics or it didn’t happen (JK, we believe you either way).
    I love simplicity. Clean lines, not too many colours. Just nice and simple. Therefore, I feel that this particular set of crocheted white dreads with lavender tips, is my favourite set.

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    There was no special occasion involved, I got free hands with them but the base had to be white. The customer loved them and I had a hard time parting from them. I actually had the chance of buying them back once, but 1: I had no money, and 2: I just can’t pull off white… 

    10: Is there a celebrity or performer whose look you admire? If so, who is it and what do you like about them?
    I actually like the dreads Miley Cyrus wore… They were so playful and simple. Some would say poorly made but naah, they fell into my taste!

    11: Would you like some toast?
    Yes actually, I would. I’ve been working all day and I actually prioritized this interview before food :D Peanut butter, please!

    peanut butter toast
    There you go! Don’t let it get cold, unless you like that sort of thing. It’s up to you really - DH

    12: If you hadn’t gotten in to the wonderful world of dread selling, what would you be doing instead?
    I have been working as a substitute teacher for 3 years and student assistant for half a year, so I know that I do not want to work with this. I would love to work full-time with dreads though. But, to do something completely different? Garden Architect.
    13: If the people reading this at home only take one thing away from this interview, what would you like it to be?
    Brussel Sprouts. Change the scenario or at least give me some Cauliflowers!

    14: We’ve put this question in because some people view the number 13 as unlucky. Is that ok with you? If not we can take it out and pretend it never happened, it’s cool.
    You think 13 is unlucky? You merely adopted the unluckiness. I was born in it (13th of May), molded by it.

     
    Thank you Sanna! We hope you enjoyed answering the questions as much as we did reading your answers. If you’d like to get in touch with Sanna to commission a set of dreads, or just to say hi she would love to hear from you. But maybe not if you’re scared of the number 13. Actually no, you guys should definitely contact her. You can’t let a number rule your life. Her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/kittydreads

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