Any Emmerdale (the soap that is set on a farm – my mum assures me it’s more exciting than it sounds) fans out there will be loving the story featuring teenage tearaway and tart with a heart, Amy Wyatt – pregnant by the local bad boy and too far along for a termination, the poor girl is in trouble.
Off screen, Chelsea Halfpenny who plays Amy couldn’t be more different from her on screen character. Chelsea prefers to show off her natural beauty as opposed to Amy’s overdone make-up and likes to enjoy her long glossy locks instead of Amy’s grungy up do.
This means that everyday before filming Chelsea hair is back-combed, sprayed with dry shampoo and then greased for added volume, to be transformed into Amy’s scruffy and messy style. Chelsea told Inside Soap magazine: "The make-up girls dreadlock my hair, twist it and then attach a hairpiece before I film my scenes. Then they take all of my hair and put it in a bobble. The dreadlocks are left to hang out, and the rest is in a bun.”
I’m quite fond of Amy’s grungy style – it really suits her character and dreadlocks do look cool, just look at Bob Marley. If you are fond of the look too, I have whipped up a little guide for you to help give you the perfect dreads.
1.) First thing first you may need to grow your hair a little but as you need at least three inches of hair for a successful dread.
2.) Its nonsense that you need dirty and greasy hair to create dreads; the grease will actually prevent the formation of dreads by providing lubrication to the hair. So thoroughly wash and dry the hair.
3.) Make sure you get all the tats out of the hair as initially this will make the hair easier to separate.
4.) Decide how thick you want your dreads to be and section the hair accordingly – thicker dreads tend to become compact much quicker and are easier to maintain. Typically dreads should be no thinner than half and inch and no thicker than an inch in width.
5.) Backcomb each section starting at the roots and working all the way down the hair. Go over each section as many times as needed to create the traditional looking dread.
6.) Believe it or not, rubbing fine wood ash through the dread can really help them look good in the beginning.
There you have it, and stay tuned for later in the week when I will be giving you hints and tips to take care of your dreads.
We here at Hairbomb are not hair care professionals, but we are happy to provide advice wherever possible. If you have followed one of our tutorials and feel like we need to add something extra let us know and if you have had successful results please send us some pictures, you could be the next Hairbomb hero.
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