PLEASE ONLY SEND HAIR THAT IS FREE FROM KNOTS AND TANGLES
PLEASE DO NOT KNOT OR PLAIT THE HAIR BEFORE SENDING
TAIL HAIR ONLY PLEASE!
Mane hair is not thick or strong enough for braiding (it is however, perfect for resin pendants!
The top bunch is much too short, but the thickness of the bunch is adequate. The middle bunch is of good length but is way too thin for even the thinnest braid. The bottom bunch is ideal for any type of braid. Both the length and thickness of the bunch are more than adequate.
A bunch of hair of a good thickness, neatly tied at the end.
HOW MUCH HAIR DO I NEED? HOW LONG MUST IT BE?
The round plaits require a bundle of hair about the thickness of your pinky finger.
Flat braids require less- about a pencil width in diameter should be fine.
For a standard sized bracelet the length of the hair needs to be 40 to 50cm long, but basically you want to take the longest hairs you can find. Double-wrap bracelets and necklaces require longer than average hair, so please check with me before placing an order to ensure that the hair you have is long enough.
Similarly, if your horse has a very short tail, please contact me so that I can make some recommendations for a bracelet style that doesn’t need very long hair.
I only require a very small amount of hair for the resin pendants. a bunch about 5cm long is fine.
DO I NEED TO WASH THE HAIR BEFORE SENDING IT TO YOU?
I always wash the hair before braiding, but the hair does need to be relatively clean and odour-free before sending. If you insist on washing your horse’s tail before gathering his hair, please do not apply conditioner or any other oil or silicone based products as these only make the hair slippery and difficult to manage.
HOW DO I COLLECT HAIR FOR BRAIDING?
You want to be making a bunch of hair that comprises mostly of the longest tail hairs you can find.
I cannot work with any hairs that are less than the recommended length, so these should not be taken into account when trying to establish the thickness of the bunch you need.
I recommend taking hair from the underside of the tail so that you don't see where it has been cut when the hair starts to grow back.
Try and separate as many of the long hairs away from the shorter hairs before you cut so that you don't end up cutting too many unnecessary hairs. It's the long hairs that you want.
Cut off the hair as close to the tailbone as possible. Cutting 2-4 smaller bunches from different places on the tail will ensure that you don't notice where the hair has been taken from.
Once you have enough hair (SEE ABOVE), take an elastic band and secure all the hair together at one end.
Put the hair bundle in a zip-lock bag or separate envelope and label with your name and phone number.
If you are sending hair from more than one horse, please identify which hair comes from which horse.