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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.

    synthetic dreads
    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

  • Krinklepuffs are back!

    It's been a while since we've been able to make our hair falls available online again.

    We've been working hard over these years, but we've done it all alone... aaaww!  BUT, now i welcome Dale to the Diversity Team and with his help, this has freed me up to be creative again.

    This will mean the return of our well loved Cyberlox and Custom Dyed Extensions, as well as what we're adding right now, our Krinklepuff falls.

    Available in various colours, styles and lengths.  You can opt for the Classic Krinklepuffs, cute shoulder length with a little volume.  Or, our layered style with double the volume, more layers and more length.  We also have our soon to be added Luxury Krinklepuffs, with more volume that you thought was possible since the 1980s ;)

    Here's a few we've added online this week, there will be more to come.  If you don't see the colour combination that you want, just drop us an email and we'll be pleased to make them for you!

    krinklepuffspromokp-layered-black-dkgrn-cerisekp-layered-black-grey-purple

  • NEW STOCK 2015

    So, it's been a while eh?  Ive been busy, so this old blog got a bit neglected.  Oops.

    To make it up to you, how about a massive amount of new stock?  Here is what has arrived in store so far... we've got more on the way though!

    Firstly some new colours and a restock of our increasingly popular Diversity Hair Super Soft Jumbo Braid and Marley Braid.  Fast becoming customers favourite, outselling all other brands!

    supersoftnewsletter

     

    Then we have our Henlon Jumbo Braid restocks and a host of new colours...

    henlonnew

    Then we bring you something extra special... Ever wanted to dye Kanekalon.  We you can't.... BUT, you CAN colour it.  Using Acrylic ink and Isopropyl 70% or above rubbing alchohol, you can mix and spray this onto the kanekalon, comb through, leave to dry overnight, rinse in cool water, dry and ta-dah!  You have a colour that adheres to the surface of the synthetic hair, that you can then braid into your own hair :)  Endless possibilities for Ombre and transitional styles!  Try it for yourself and grab some ink here http://www.diversityhair.co.uk/hair-colour-makeup/acrylic-ink.html

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    So that's your lot for now... but later this month/October we have Tubular Crin returning, we also welcome our new member of the team - Dale.  With Dales help we can now provide a much faster and more efficient service (as i wont be running around doing everything myself anymore ;), and ill be able to offer you guys custom hair again, along with many other new products.

    WATCH THIS SPACE :)

     

  • NEW: Diversity Hair Henlon Jumbo Braid

    Henlon Jumbo Braid is a type of high heat resistance synthetic fibre used for weaving, wig making, braiding and dread making.  Its heat resistance properties are similar to our Diversity Hair High Heat Jumbo Braid, but the texture is silkier and denser.  This means for the same weight of hair, it is sleeker and less puffy in the packet.  For dread making, we recommend the crochet method, or strong backcombing, twist and seal with a damp cloth and hair straighteners (roll them slowly around the dread all the way down).  This hair will seal in place, but you will not see it shrink.
    Henlon Jumbo Braid is great for all projects and the colour range is vast!

    More colours on their way... to see the full solid colour range, view our henlon colour chart  http://www.diversityhair.co.uk/colourcharts/henlon-jumbo-braid

    All colours will be available very soon, plus some great new transitional/Ombre colours.  Until then, we have the first batch online now... http://www.diversityhair.co.uk/synthetic-hair/kanekalon-jumbo-braid.html?manufacturer=419

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  • Kanekalon / Jumbo Braid Update

    We thought we'd update you all on the 'Kanekalon Shortage'.

    Ourselves and some others who have contacted Kaneka Corp, have had direct replies confirming that they have no plans to discontinue unnatural Kanekalon Colours.  They are continuing to manufacture them.  The only changes are that they have clamped down on trademark infringement and therefore have prevented other companies naming their products Kanekalon when they arent.  This means there are a select amount of factories supplying genuine kanekalon.  We are lucky to be working with one of them :)

    So, we are expecting our own brand 100% Kanekalon Jumbo Braid braid Super Soft, to be landing again by the end of May, with new colours in tow, and a load more going straight on order thereafter.

    We also have our own high heat jumbo braid range (from K7 hair - explained in our knowledgebase), our Henlon Jumbo Braid range and more Jazzy and LA Trend Hair being restocked along with all the other marley and special effects hair we do.

    This year is all about awesome braiding, dreading and weaving hair :)

  • NEW: Thermal Colour Hair and Tinsel Blends

    We have NEW orange Thermal hair changing from Orange to Yellow with heat.  Also some blends of saran hair with tinsel in Black, Lilac, Pink, Teal mixed with iridescent tinsel, and Treasure which is Blonde/Lemon mixed with orangey tinsel.

    Perfect for braiding, crocheting or applying as temporary extension streaks :)

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  • Kanekalon and Fibres Explained.

    After a lot of digging and interrogating the factory we use for our high heat Kanekalon we finally have an admission/answer that explains the confusion.

    The Kaneka corperation have had registered the trademark Kanekalon for many years. Under this kanekalon umbrella they have kanekalon KK which is the normal low heat sealing hair you are used to and types of kanekalon called kanekalon K7, Kanekalon K5 and Kanekalon K2. All are varying textures to produce the colours and more natural human hair type feels that they require for wigs, toupees etc.  Some hair will be a mix of any of these depending on the result the factory wants.

    When we asked them for 100% kanekalon in unusual colours... They gave us K7 - which is technically still 100% kanekalon, but a high heat fibre under the same trademark.  They did not lie to us, but omitted the K7 tag.

    So, for the above we apologise, as our high heat kanekalon, although honestly named and described should have also had the K7 tag on it. Something we will now be rectifying.

    An honest misunderstanding between the factories and consumers as we ask for Kanekalon, and they were in their eyes providing it... So the process they described to us, as high heat kanekalon is correct... They just needed to tell us it was K7 and not KK.

    Again, I speak ONLY for diversity hair as I do not know the type of fibre others brands use.

    I am updating the website currently to add the K7 tag to appropriate hair. All the information about this hair however, remains the same. We also have comprehensive information in the knowledgebase regarding fibre types  and other info, so go and take a look if you are unsure

    Moving forward we have all the full names of fibres and descriptions all in place for you.  Apologies again for leaving the K7 part from the name. All our information about the hair was and still is correct, just now with added fibre name.

    You can read about the fibre types here 

  • Kanekalon Shortage - Myth!

    Ok, we've seen alot of posts floating around about a mythical Kanekalon shortage... so we're going to give you the facts.

    Is there a kanekalon shortage?  NO!  Infact the Kaneka Corp who produce Kanekalon, even opened a new factory recently to increase their supply capabilities to meet the ever growing demand.  However, in terms of retailing it in some countries, we are told there appears to be.  So whilst it is available from the manufacturer, some retailers overseas are not stocking it.

    Why do people keep saying there is a shortage?  Because simply put, there is alot of misinformation going around that gets passed on and added to by the many factories selling kanekalon.

    Basically, alot of the big brands stopped buying in so much Kanekalon Jumbo Braid because it is not a big earner compared to their other products, in some cases due to retailers cutting prices on it, they will even make a loss, making it not worth their while buying it in so frequently.  This is why we often have out of stocks from brand names, and why we got in our own brand.  Also, due to the high demand for braiding hair and the want for more colours, many overseas manufactures have started offering PP (polypropylene), TK (Toyokalon) and Henlon Hair as alternatives, and calling it Jumbo Braid so customers think it is Kanekalon when it isnt.  They can buy this in cheaper than Kanekalon and sell it for a better margin, so that's what they do.  It's just business unfortunately, but we know the difference and will only sell things 100% honestly.

    Is Diversity Hair's Jumbo Braid Kanekalon?  Yes, Jazzy, LA Trend, Sensationnel and Diversity Hair Super Soft are all 100% Kaneka Corp Kanekalon.  The High heat Kanekalon is also Kanekalon, but due to the colouring processes it takes on a higher heat resistance and texture, so some companies call it only by 'Jumbo Braid', its real name is Kanekalon K7 another product of the Kaneka corperation.  Diversity Hairs original Jumbo Braid range is made from this high heat Kanekalon K7.

    So what is this silkier high heat Kanekalon im getting elsewhere?  The wide range of colours of jumbo braid you are getting from other stores right now, that is tougher and silkier, is NOT kanekalon.  It is Henlon, a wig making fibre.  It has the same sort of toughness and heat resistance as the high heat Kanekalon, but has a smoother flatter, less dense texture.  It is still perfect for making dreads and braids, but sealing is best done with a damp cloth and straightening irons to get it hot enough to seal.  It will not shrink.  Occassionally it may be Kanekalon K7 with a coating to help it to tangle less.

    So where has all your hair gone if there isnt a shortage and who are you to say there isnt a shortage?  Fair question.  Diversity Hair has fast become the leader for Jumbo Braid in the UK and as a result we sell out quickly... we can restock and no sooner have we uploaded it, it's sold out before we can even announce we have it back. As with any business, we have spending limits on restocks and business bills to pay, so it's a balancing act.  However, we have both our own brand ranges and a new range of Henlon Hair on order and it should be arriving soon.

    Our Super Soft Brand is 100% Kaneka Corp Kanekalon sourced from an accredited manufacturer, which is why is fast becoming alot of our customers favourite ever brands of Jumbo Braid and sold out in record time!

    We apologise for you having to wait for the restocks, but once they are hear, we should have a rolling order with our suppliers and not see shortages in our store again.

    We are also a LONG established company with a reputation for honesty and being knowledgable.  We know our industry inside and out and will always give you the facts, so if you want to know something just ask us and we'll get you the answer :) There is NO KANEKALON SHORTAGE, in fact, more is coming and more new fibers available soon :)

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