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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Jule, glad I asked. I now wait the official word from IKickShins as they told me to specify on the particular colors (especially #27) to see if they are available in a matte.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, another hair question? I'm just curious as to what exactly everyone is using, or has used when it come to their Wookies #27, 100 % Kanekalon hair?

Is it the Silky Jumbo Braid - 100% Kanekalon Braiding Hair, correct?

Reason being, I was trying to avoid a Wookie that was to shiny although upon speaking to several hair suppliers here in the U.S. there seems to only be one finish of the 100% Kanekalon in # 27 that is listed as "Silky" and as far as anything in a "matte finish" it is nonexistent when it comes 100% Kanekalon

Now, every Wookie build I have seen here in the states looks really good. I hate to almost ask this question but, I just need to know before ordering 40 some bags of Silky 100% Kanekalon that's not gonna work for me.

Thanks for bearing with me
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the hair I've bought has never been shiny, at least no more shiny than real hair. I have a box full of hair and some of the bags are marked silky and some are not. They both look the same to me.

When I completed my first suit the hair would sometimes look shiny in photos due to the flash. This did not last very long. But I would wait for a few of the more recent Wookiees like Marty and Duck to chime in.

If you look at the photos of the ROTS suit on my Chewie page, specifically the photos that were taken when the suit was displayed at Celebration 3, you can see the light of the flash was reflected slightly by the hair. The suits in that exhibit were not in a glass case; they were merely roped off.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Matt, I appreciate it.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark, the Kanekalon Silky Jumbo Braid is what I used. I have heard that it comes in matte, and that's been recommended by others, but I can't verify that. If you can get it, great. If not, well, I don't know how big of a deal it is.

Mine's a little shiny, but as Matt said, no moreso than natural human hair. Original trilogy Chewie seems more matte, but that costume was knitted using natural non-human hair, such as yak, that is not as inherently shiny as human hair is. The ROTS Chewie was not made the same way, so it probably has different reflective qualities.

For me, I get some shine off of flashes in photographs, but as I've trooped in it, I have noticed that is starting to diminish somewhat. I do wish it were more matte, but I can live with it. I'm certainly not going to latch hook another one anytime soon! I figure as long as I'm not as shiny as Vader's bucket, I'm okay Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greywolf wrote:
I figure as long as I'm not as shiny as Vader's bucket, I'm okay Smile


LoL, Thanks Julie.

Supposedly Afro Care in the UK carries #27 in a matte. I await the official word from them. Its just unfortunate I can't seem to locate anything here in the states. If not, I'll go with the shiny as I have a techniques that should eliminate most the sheen.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What techniques?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its a make-up product by Ben Nye called Ash Powder. I've been using it for years to dust myself up for Wild West shows.



I've recently been using it on my daughters Jawa and her Ewok suit. Her Ewok suit had somewhat considerable amount of sheen to it. By working the powder into her suit it dulled it up big time. Besides that, it gives it more of used/weathered look as well. Now, I haven't used it on Kanekalon yet but I can't imagine it not giving it the effect. I'll know soon enough.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Afro Care in the UK just contacted me and yes, they do carry #27 in a matte. It will also cost about $280+ for 40 bags..
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TK-6162 wrote:
Afro Care in the UK just contacted me and yes, they do carry #27 in a matte. It will also cost about $280+ for 40 bags..


Thats still a bunch cheaper than some fur suits.... sigh Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TK-6162 wrote:
Afro Care in the UK just contacted me and yes, they do carry #27 in a matte. It will also cost about $280+ for 40 bags..


I know you probably saw that I recommended them but really only for UK/EU customers.

My guess is most of that is shipping costs considering they only charge £1.99 per braid (don't know what that is in dollars).

Surely there is a supplier closer to your home, the US is a big place!!
The brand they carry is LAtrend, doesn't need any straightening either.

http://www.latrend.com/hairpieces/synthetic-loose-hair.php

It does say on the site "A premium supplier of hair extensions to wholesalers and retailers worldwide" but I'm sure they would put you on the right track.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might be worth trying this company!

http://www.bnghair.com/Classic-Braid-p/001.htm

They have #27 and the elusive #44!
It says "yaki texture" in the description but it might be worth asking them in advance if it is actually matt, just in case.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a bunch Doug, I would love to score some La Trend . I'll have to wait & see as I await a reply. I have also sent message to BNG along with a few other sources I discovered.

Appreciate it as always
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I might give that ash powder a try. That sounds very interesting. Plus, I've got some spare hair I can try it on.

It could be a very inexpensive solution to the matte hair dilemma.
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