They are very expensive because they take hours of difficult skilled labor. I make them infrequently, and to make a 16” set of extensions takes me over a week of working many hours per day.
The queen of synthetic dreadlock extensions, Anouk Dreadmaker, said that she can knock out 4 full sets in a week- to me that is madness!
Check out my video of making them:
When it shows the crochet hooking, it is at 8x normal speed! They are expensive because they are worth it.
Synthetic hair extensions can easily cost $150+, and I’ve seen human hair dreadlock extensions easily reach over $300 (human hair costs quite a lot more than synthetic hair- that’s why). They are really labor intensive- and I really admire the people who put their heart into making them!
Once you’ve installed human or synthetic dreadlock extensions, you can keep them for years and years- essentially as long as you’d like. They last quite a while. They are high quality if they are made right, and they are absolutely worth the investment.
You can choose to make your own (which is taught in the video I linked), and you’ll see what I mean! You’ll learn why they are so expensive.
Or you could save up and buy some. They’re so worthwhile.
I recommend these folks:
Anouk Dreadmaker (synthetic locks)- http://www.etsy.com/shop/AnoukDreadmaker?section_id=13273973&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2
Lunar Dreadlocks (human hair locks)- http://www.etsy.com/shop/LunarDreadlocks?section_id=11358022&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1
So, there you have it. A video teaching you to make them for yourself, and links to a human hair and synthetic hair seller! I highly recommend both of them. The choice is yours!