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This time I’ve got some exciting styling tips for you and your dreadlocks. I’ve been making some spiral locks and I couldn’t but share this news and a tutorial on “How to wear a spiral lock” with you.
So it’s still lock down right? Don’t know about you but I still didn’t get a chance to get bored. Why? Because of my hands not wanting to stop making. Which is not a bad thing right? So this time I’ve been making some spiral locks! Yes spiral locks are this beautiful long colourful strips that can bend around your dreads and stay where you put them.
A spiral lock can be used as an alternative to elastic bands that sometimes can be harmful to the dreads if they are holding them too tight. The spiral lock can gently hold your dreads up with out suffocating them or giving them too much pressure.
And the best part is that you can wear a spiral lock in so many ways. I made a little video for you here to check it out.
How to wear a Spiral Lock Tutorial:
Spiral Lock Uses:
Pony tale holder/maker (I don’t even know if you can call it like this lol)
To decorate the area around your dread bun
Wear it as a bracelet
Wear it as a necklace
Yaaaas! So, I hope you liked it and found all the spiral lock functionalities useful! Because it is a super handy item to have! I wear mine every day and I love it! If you’d like to purchase the spiral locks press down here 👇
Making a terrarium is really easy! Terrariums are miniature eco-systems that you can make on your own using a few simple items to get started.
So, I created a little tutorial to show you how I decorated a medium sized molten glass bowl and made it into a terrarium. The Tutorial is great for beginners who have never made a terrarium before.
Just to get it from the start though, when i was in Bali in March, I found this beautiful molten glass bowls. The bowls can be used of course in many different ways, but I found that there is nothing better that giving it some life by creating a terrarium in it.
So here is how an empty glass bowl looks. The glass has been blown over the tree chunk and created this beautiful piece of decorative art.
Now it’s time to make it pretty and give it some character 🧚♀️
Check bellow what materials you’ll need for it
Materials to make a terrarium:
Container: Molten Glass Bowl
Plants of choice
Spray Bottle of Water
The process – How To and why:
Container: Molten Glass Bowl
You can use a Glass Bowl of your liking, just make sure there is enough space for your plant or all your plants to live in there and not touch the glass
Plants of choice:
There is many plants that would work in a terrarium. Usually you can find them at your local garden centre or even order them online. When selecting your plants make sure you know what conditions they need to thrive. And if you are adding more than one, make sure they survive on a similar environment.
Succulents and cactuses are really good for it, or even moss. I’ve used a succulent in mine that I know is easy to survive and it’s pretty to look at. You can find more plants to buy on shops like the Plant Parcel
The right soil should be used for the right plants. In mine I used cactus / succulent soil since I’ve been planting a succulent in my glass bowl. Cactus soil comes in cubes and it expands when we add water. Then I mixed it with Perlite (the white stuff in soil that looks like styrofoam) Usually it comes together with the cactus soil. Helps keeping the soil aired.
The active charcoal acts as a drainage for your glass bowl since there is no holes like in a pot. The active charcoal should go over the pebbles, a 1/2 inches layer is enough. That should help to keep any of the excess water away from the pebbles. Find it here
Then add a layer of moss over it. That should keep the soil up and not let it fall into the pebbles.
You can add anything you’d like to add the extra decorations to it. For example a fairy and her house, or extra pebbles around the plants. Let your imagination go wild.
Add water to your spray bottle and water your plants when they feel dry
How to create a terrarium in a molten glass bowl
Watch this video tutorial I made showing you how the terrarium is been done. This will help you to get an idea on what you can do, but of course feel free to be creative and put your own personal touch!
I hope you enjoyed reading / watching this tutorial and you find it useful. The melted glass bowls are great for presents or for your own home decor. You can find them on 4 different sizes on my shop
Check out this beautiful hanging melted glass which can be used for air plants or to grow leafs at their first stage of root growing before replanting them.
Revealing my newest collection of Tribal Jewellery. Inspired by nature and tribal forms, the collection comprises of 6 pairs of earrings from wood, bone and silver and a statement piece Crescent Moon necklace all with a tribal edge. I think you’ll fall in love with the bold yet earthy design – the perfect way to bring in the new season and give your jewellery collection a boost.
Earthy designs are having a moment right now so its a perfect time to add some wooden earrings in your collection. Bold designs heavily feature in the tribal Jewellery collection and I’m loving the versatility and simplicity of this designs – ideal for everyday wear or to compliment the tribal goddess.
Bellow we are showcasing all the new collection, bold, strong and natural
The bold round wood shape around the neck, the silver ring in the middle and the crescent moon hanging on the chest is a tribal dream..
Following, the Hoop Earrings, simple and versatile, can be worn with mostly anything. For a day, an evening or a night out. With a scarf on the hair, or with loose hair, it just works.
The Spiral Earrings are a statement of earth. Spiral is a shape that can’t be missed when seen, it absorbs the eye, with no one missing that shape on you.. Made with Sono wood and connecting with a stainless steal hook to wear, they are comfortable and unique.
The Oval Clasp earrings, belong to the more elegant and all age style type earring. The silver hook and detail keeps you safe from any allergies and can compliment any style.
Click here to shop the collection & make sure you let us know which piece you’re loving in the comments below.
One of the most common questions I get from people about dreads is “how to wash dreads”, “what products are good for dreads” or “what shampoo to use”
You have probably heard me numerous times saying that you don’t need extravagant products for your dreads. What you need, is a clean, residue free soap bar or shampoo.
Now of course, there is a choice of a few different brands to find the one that suits you. Another thing to take into consideration is that everyone has a different scalp. That means, that not all the products will work the same on everyone.
Raw Roots Organic
I personally found one that suits my scalp more than any other made by Raw Roots Organic. They are a Danish brand which is eco-friendly and their products are organic. Good for you, your hair and the environment.
I like their products so much, therefore I started a collaboration with them and now you can find some of their dreadlock related products on my shop
This herbal liquid shampoo is great for dreadlocks. It cleans scalp and dreadlocks using mild detergents and organic plant extracts. 🌱
Some of the basic ingredients are tea tree oil, peppermint oil, nettle extract, apple cider vinegar and no residue! 🌻 The Herbal Cleanser is super natural and can help stimulate the scalp and prevents/relieves itching, dandruff, balance PH, hair loss, removes residue and other scalp problems ✨
The Greenie Genie is by far my favourite product for washing dreads! And it’s pretty foamy too! 🧼⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s nourishing for the scalp with green organic ingredients, Himalayan salt that provides minerals for the skin and help to tighten and maintain loose hair 🌿
Both the liquid Shampoo and the Soap Bar are available on the shop and you can order them online or pick them up when you visit the shop.
I’m here for another tutorial to show you How To Make a Half Dreadlock Bun for your dreads. This time I made a video because a lot of you have been asking on social media how I did this Half Dreadlock Bun, so here you go!
Follow the steps and it should be easy enough!
Watch the video to see how I did it:
Below you can read what happens in the video, follow the steps and it should be quite easy:
1. Let your dreadlocks loose
Your dreads need to be free so that you can choose which dreads you’d like to put in the bun.
2. Grab the dreads from the top part of your head
This is the first part you will be using to create a base for your bun
3. Tie them with an elastic band in a ponytail
Use an elastic band to tie your dreadlocks nice and tide in half a ponytail.
4. Wrap the ponytail dreads around the base of the ponytail
This will be the first part where the base is created and it will help you give volume to your bun.
5. Grab an extra layer of dreads
This is the last part of dreadlocks you will be using.
6. Cross them over the bun
7. Tie them at the back
Tie your dreadlocks in a simple knot at the back of your bun. This should keep your dreads quite steady. Your bun wont be moving from here unless you really try
8. Tuck the loose dreads in the bun
Gently tuck the loose dreads in the bun or you can also let some out for extra decoration. You can be creative here and play with the final look.
I hope you are all doing well despite the lock down that it’s still going in the UK. It seems like we are slowly getting back on track in the shop with a few changes but we are re-opening again! That’s so exciting since we’ve been distancing from each other been so many months.
So, as of tomorrow the shop is opening again! Woohoo! There will be no dreadlock appointments taking place yet, but you can visit for a consultation, to book a new appointment and to check what’s in the shop.
We just had new arrivals from my last trip to Bali. The items from there are just 👌 There is a big variety of beautiful bohemian home decor that will take you on a trip to the tropics 🏝️ And of course, plenty more handmade creations and dreadlock accessories from, Morocco, India, Turkey and Thailand.
Last week I had the great opportunity to be interviewed by @cocheremagazine about dreadlock care! 🌿I’ve attached below the post they did with all the useful information about dreadlocks, sustainable hair and how to take care of them:
“Dreadlocks are probably one of the hardest hairstyles to get done, but there are certain myths that have always been associated with it.
Maintenance, as much as it is a must, it’s easy and hassle free. Loctitian, @crafterelena , has had dreadlocks for 11 years herself, and has managed to look after them in the most sustainable manner, using natural oils and a few weekly, monthly and annual regimes.
“A lot of people have the misconception that dreads cannot be washed which is false. Dreads can be really clean and tidy too.
” Dreads are the most natural form of hair that one doesn’t need to worry much about. You wake up in the morning and your hair is in style, it’s literally a 5 minute job or less to tie them in a bun or style them. Swipe to find out more about the how’s and what’s of dreadlocks!”
Check @cocheremagazine out form more sustainable ways of living! 🦋I love this kind of stuff and I’d love to be supporting more causes like this! 🧚♀️
Find more useful information about your dreadlock care here:
Hi, I’m CrafterElena and I’d like to share with you some boho ideas for your home, that could add a splash of colour and coziness in your space. I’m forever fallen in love with spaces and bohemian decor. On my travels I gather loads of beautiful pieces that can make a room special. They can be part of a beautiful space composition.
Here I’ve got a few boho ideas for your home . I’m suggesting a few home accessories that I collected from Thailand, India and Morocco.
Let’s dive in!
Add some colour to your walls:
I’d suggest in your space is to decide on a feature wall and a colour that you’d like to concentrate on and add it on a wall. Maybe a visit to the paint store would help. In my space I decided to go with the teal. I like the teal colour because it’s very calming. I almost feel like I’m in nature every day. Same with all the green/blue tones.
I’ve made a little colour pallet here of colours that could match your space. These colours are very calming and vibrant at the same time. They make every space become warm and lively at the same time. It’s almost like a touch from the aquatic tropics.
Find all these colours at one of Valspar’s stations, or check their website for more options before you get there. A great thing with them is that they can mix any colour you’d like. If you decide to go with one of these, starting from the top left we have:
Cool Tide X84R155F: A beautiful and calming tone, very light
Sparkling Topaz R230C: it brightens up my day 🙂
Snorkeling Trip X95R179C: Things start to go darker but it’s still bright
Fish Tale X95R179A: Vibrant and cozy
Posidon’s Castle X95R179B: That’s the one I have at home and I’m a happy lady
Deep Sea Dive: X81R165A: The depth of this colour is absolutely stunning. It has a dark tone but makes a beautiful contrast with lighter white tones
These colours invite you to travel whilst at home, they give you the feeling of the calm cool ocean . Why keep the walls magnolia :-/ at the end of the day if you can add tones like these..?
So if you made your wall in one of those colours, I find that the rustic white paint on furniture goes incredibly well as it contrasts with the teal in the background and the white at the front.
Mandala Room Devider:
The room divider and mirror are from Thailand, both from the same maker. Cel is an incredible artist I met on my travels. She hand-carved all these beauties.
The mandala room divider is a beautiful addition to the hippie home! This bohemian room divider is a centre piece. It has a beautiful flower mandala carved on its five sheets. Use the room divider to partition a room by sectioning it with this piece. Use it as a bed headboard. I used it against my teal wall to show the pattern petter and hide the door of my storage room. It definitely adds the bohemian touch to the room.
Wood Carved Mirror:
The mirror follows with the same style of traditional Thai carvings and it matches perfectly with the room divider. The Thai style carved mirror in white is a great wall feature and the contrast with the teal is omg!
So now, since we chose our colours we can move on to the accessories. Because what home is it, if it doesn’t have the necessary accessories to make it nice and cozy?
In the picture below I’ve put together a selection of my findings from Thailand, India and Morocco to get a feel of how your house could be, or what home accessories could match really well together.
The accessories go towards the natural materials of teak wood and coconut. Imagine that you have one coloured feature wall and the others are off tones of white or any other lighter combinations you’d like to add to your space. This home accessories will make a beautiful contrast.
Swing Chair: This lovely swing chair is handmade from India. It’s a beautiful piece that every home should have. Suspend it from a wooden beam or screw a hook in a concrete beam. Just imagine your self chilling on it day-dreaming reading a book.. Bliss!
Coconut Plant Hanger: Coconut is an amazing material to have in your space. In this plant hanger you can add plenty of different plants, especially succulents. Make your room feeling like a jungle!
Coconut Lantern: Ok by now I think you understand how much I love coconuts 🙂 This lamp creates a beautiful ambience in a space. The patterns drilled on it is what lets the light come out.
Coconut Soap Dish: Add the coconut soap dish next to your bath or sink.Stay organic with your soap on it.
Palm Wood Ash Trey: For those who have smoking habits, you can still stay organic with this ash tray made out of teak wood.
Sheep Wool Pillow: A beautiful selection of colours in pillows from Morocco made out of sheep wool. The colour you will use on these will depend on where exactly you are featuring your pillows, what colour is the sofa, the throw if you are using one and the wall behind. If the colours behind it are too bright you can go for the white or grey option too which is more neutral.
Moroccan Runner Kilim: Use it as a runner in a corridor but as a wall hanging too. The neutral colours make the runner so versatile. Add this kilim in farm house, a rustic style house, a bohemian house or hippie. The patterns on it go with all of this home decor styles.
Ethnic Boho Pouf: This is a great addition to any seating area. it’s great for chilling, playing games or reading a book.
Plant Pot: Perfect for a table top decor, next to a window, add your favourite plant in our teak wood plant pot from Thailand and match it with the tiled mirror.
Helping the environment:
All the accessories I recommended above are handmade from natural materials. By using them, there is no harm to our lovely environment, that has suffered so much through the years, especially from plastic. It’s good to use natural materials than processed. They desolve much faster back to where they came from.
I hope you found this boho ideas for home useful. And remember that you can always check my home decor section on the craft shop to find even more boho home decor and accessories to style your home.
And according to William Morris:
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.