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Plastic, Foam, Cyberlox

The very basic idea: Attach plastic, foam, cyberlox and other materials to the head to achieve a futuristic or industrial look.

What kind of materials do I buy?

Really, there is no limit or rules to what materials can be used to create a futuristic or industrial look; as long as it can be attached to the head in someway. A walk through a hardware store or electronics supply may provide inspiration and materials. Here are some fine examples of mixed media hair pieces. Below are some of the most frequently used materials--

Bubble Wrap = See examples here. The common sheets of small, air filled bubbles used for protecting shipped items. Available in several colors. Rolled and secured with tape or other means to create dread type shapes.

Corrugated Tubing = See examples here. Hard plastic tubing which has ribs down the length; available in several colors. Available at hardware stores or online.

Crin = See examples here. Also known as tubular crinoline or cyberlox, this item is most commonly used as ribbon for gift package decoration. Available in a wide range of colors and very, very, very light; most often found in hair falls but can also be installed into hair. Available in several diameters. In Europe, available at party supply stores or online, in the USA mostly available online.

Cyberlox = See examples here. Also known as tubular crinoline, this item is most commonly used as ribbon for gift package decoration. Available in a wide range of colors and very, very, very light; most often found in hair falls but can also be installed into hair. Available in several diameters. In Europe, available at party supply stores or online, in the USA mostly available online.

Electrical Tape = See examples here. A soft tape which is very stretchy specifically designed for use by electricians. Available in basic colors at hardware stores.

Foam = Flat sheets of craft foam cut into thin strips and most commonly used as accents in falls or on wigs. Can be installed on the head—very light weight. Example Here.

Heat Shrink Plastic/Tubing = See examples here. Plastic available in several colors which shrinks when heat is applied. Available in flat sheets and tubing. Available in hardware stores or gift package stores and online.

LED = See examples here. Light emitting diode, or a small, low power, low heat light. Used in flashlight/torches and numerous other applications. Can be used to accent hair falls or wigs.

Loopie Cording = See example here. Small diameter, soft, hollow tubing available in a variety of rainbow colors. Lighter than rexlace or sgettis. Often sold as a child's craft supply.

Rexlace = See examples here. Flat plastic string; may also be called lanyard lacing. Mostly used as accents in falls due to the heavy weight, but it can be installed on the head. Available as a child's craft supply.

Rubber Grip Sheets = See examples here. Flat sheets of rubber perforated with small holes. Most often used in drawers or on slick surfaces to prevent items from sliding. Very light.

S'getti = See examples here. Small diameter, round plastic lacing available in a wide range of colors. Similar to rexlace but round. More common in Europe than the USA; often sold as a child's craft supply.

Now what do I do with my materials?

Typically, the materials above are prepared in some way to be worn in the hair. Foam is cut into long, thin strips and may be decorated with grommets. Corrugated tubing may be cut to length and spray painted to create a color fade effect. Crin is cut to length and the ends turned up to avoid unraveling. Foam cut outs may be created to attach to varying pieces. LEDs are wired to a battery pack. And any of the materials could be wrapped in electrical tape to create stripes. This is a wonderful tut about how to decorate and create short falls.

Most commonly, plastic-foam-cyberlox are attached to hair falls which are then tied around natural hair buns or jaw clipped in. However, it is not out of the question to install these items. To see a tutorial on how to create full cyber jaw clip hair falls, click here. Alternatively, these materials can simply be tied onto elastic or lace or ribbon and tied around natural hair buns. It takes skill and practice to make or wear full cyber hair pieces made from the above materials. To install these materials, they are mostly treated as double ended dreads and braided into the natural hair; cyberlox is probably the easiest with foam, rexlace, and the rest being more difficult. Many of these materials, especially rexlace, can be very heavy so check the weight of your hair piece or install frequently so that you do not cause damage to your own hair follicles. Here is advice about installs for any alt hair.