I just noticed that I didn't write a post on the fringe bangs I made a while back! Ok, so for anyone that wears dreads, you know that it doesn't look complete without a proper set of matching bangs to pull it off. However, places wanted to charge $30 for a set so I decided, as usual, to make them myself.
So in order to make a set of fringe bangs, you need:
-kankelon or really any type of hair that's 8" or longer in the color you want
-clear drying caulk
-little snap comb hair clips (found at any beauty supply)
Fully read through the instructions before starting to make sure they don't end up shorter than you wanted!
You start out by making sure the bangs are straight. Since I used the kankelon I had from making dreadfalls, I used a wet washcloth and folded it over the length of hair, and clamped down on it with a straight iron from the base of the hair to the tips. It REALLY doesn't take much to get those lil scrimpies out.
Next, lay a piece of tape, sticky-side up, across a flat surface that you can glue on (I used the back of a casserole dish and a cutting board). Lay all of the hair flat and evenly across the flat surface, with all the tops of the hairs going across the tape (the tape will be getting cut off later), and with the TIPS already positioned the way you want them. Trust me, its a bitch to cut it after you glue everything and still make it look natural. You could end up cutting them too short to use. Once everything is positioned how you want it, place another piece of tape on top of the hair, right over the same place where the tape is on the underside, permanently holding all of the hair in place as you work on it.
Decide on the length you want the bangs to be; jaw, chin, shoulder length (remember the sides will drape farther down since they will be towards the sides of your head). Determine how far up on the bangs you will need to cut it to get the desired length; this is where you'll apply the caulk for the base of the fringe bangs (keep in mind the top inch or so of the bangs are not supposed to show, so be sure to apply that amount to the length!) Now, BE CAREFUL about what kind of caulk you decide to use. I just grabbed some standard, cheapo caulk, not realizing I grabbed the type that required a caulking gun, and took all night to dry. I would suggest finding a caulk in the adhesive section at the craft store instead, which would be more suited for this type of use.
Apply a line of caulk across the top of the bangs, where you decided to cut the bangs for the desired length. Use your fingertips to rub it in to the hair, and make sure to get a SOLID LINE of caulk across the hair. Wait for this to dry completely, flip it over, and repeat the process to permanently seal the hair. You can choose to apply the hair clips at this point into the caulk, but I just used the hot glue gun once everything dried and it worked just fine. I would recommend using 3 hairclips; one in the middle and one on each end.
And you're done! Be careful on how you store them, the caulk MAY stick to itself if folded over.
ANOTHER method that you can also use, which is easier but slightly more expensive, is buying WEFTS of hair. This is hair that has been sewn together on the top. With these, all you would need to do is glue hair clips on the top. However, it's more difficult to change the length, and some places only offer wefts that are 8" across, which may not be wide enough for your liking. I happened to find a weft recently at the beauty supply that was $8 for a THREE FOOT WIDE section of weft, with silky smooth hair! I'm going to make multiple fringe bangs out of it
However, I haven't found wefts in unnatural colors except on ebay, but I'm going to give one of those a try and see how they turn out as well.