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    Question Paranda materials?

    I've been thinking about making a paranda, but I'm not sure what kind of yarn to use. Any suggestions?

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    You can pretty much use whatever you want to use (provided your hair likes it, some yarns are probably more/less tangle-prone than others), I just get the cheapest multicoloured yarn that I can find at Wal-Mart. I've been meaning to try with silkier yarn though, or silk ribbon.

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    Thanks Aredhel

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    Bumping this because I'm thinking about trying to make a paranda - I'd be buying any materials online though, and I have no idea what kind of yarn might be hair-friendly. Also for it to be long enough to braid beyond my ends *and* to grow into by another several inches I would need a lot of it, and I don't know what terms to search for and can't really afford to make buying mistakes.

    I am starting to read through the main paranda thread but wondered if anyone had specific material suggestions. My main concerns to avoid are drying my hair out, depositing lint, and causing any kind of roughing to the cuticle. My very ends are still thinner than a pencil, the bottom half of my braid tapers from the width of my little (pinky) finger to almost nothing, and I really don't want to cause any damage to the very hair I'm trying to protect. (My hair currently lives in buns, and if I braided more the braids would still be bunned as they shred like nobody's business.) Inspired by meteor's description for tying off braid ends with ribbon woven into the braid I have done that but it doesn't protect the ends. I've also once fashioned thin ribbon into a sort of paranda for the ends, but being so narrow and my ends so thin it caused them to look and feel crimped rather than waves, and they honestly felt absolutely awful afterwards. A proper pranada I'm assuming would be thicker and gentler and thus better for the ends
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    I love my kanekalon parandas most, they are easy for me to braid with and dont feel chunky when mixed with my natural hair

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    I just made one out of 3 scarves. It is pretty heavy though, I am not sure if I like it.

    The scarves on their own are thin and see through, probably only 5 or 6 inches wide and feel very light. Maybe I can arrange them in a way that using just 2 scarves and somehow fold them together to make 3 strands and the weight would probably be much better.
    I would also like to find some silky yarn, sometimes my hair feels dry after using my alpaca yarn paranda so I usually oil moderately when I use it.

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    I'm thinking of making some more parandas this year, but I didn't really like the feel of the acrylic yarn I used for the brown "hair extensions" paranda I made last April.
    I might get some finer yarns in viscose, rayon or even recycled silk for a smoother feel.

    What do people normally find is best for their hair in terms of softness/slip?
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    I can't say I'm that happy with my acrylic-yarn parandi... yes, the yarn was cheap and comes in a myriad of colors, but acrylic yarn tangles with just *itself*... and yes, I've had to peel them out of my hair when removing them. (Luckily, though, I've never had them tangle into my hair.)

    I'm thinking about experimenting in future with ribbon or nylon cord, but the ribbon especially could get expensive since it's not sold in such large quantities as yarn is. And of course, both are not available in nearly as many colors. I've considered cotton yarn as well. Mercerized cotton especially could work, but that could get pricey too, as they're usually not cheap, don't usually come in large skeins, and can be harder to find in stores, so add the expense of shipping as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    I can't say I'm that happy with my acrylic-yarn parandi... yes, the yarn was cheap and comes in a myriad of colors, but acrylic yarn tangles with just *itself*... and yes, I've had to peel them out of my hair when removing them. (Luckily, though, I've never had them tangle into my hair.)

    I'm thinking about experimenting in future with ribbon or nylon cord, but the ribbon especially could get expensive since it's not sold in such large quantities as yarn is. And of course, both are not available in nearly as many colors. I've considered cotton yarn as well. Mercerized cotton especially could work, but that could get pricey too, as they're usually not cheap, don't usually come in large skeins, and can be harder to find in stores, so add the expense of shipping as well.
    I've found some etsy shops that sell large quantities of viscose yarn in a wide array of colours very cheaply. I haven't tried any of them yet, but I intend to purchase some in the next few weeks: viscose has a lovely softness to it and feels similar to silk, but is derived from plant fibres.

    ETA I would personally caution against cotton: I have not tried it myself, but as a fibre it can be quite tough and abrasive (hence why so many of us opt for silk/satin pillows!)

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    Interesting.

    I think mercerised cotton would be better for hair than plain old cotton, but it's stiffer than a lot of yarns. I guess to braid in that wouldn't matter too much - but it is expensive. I do like the idea of viscose. I wish my hair liked braids enough to justify trying a paranda ... but then again, maybe a paranda would help it not dry out as much.
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