- Carefully grasp the longest hairs (or those at least 18 inches long) at the very tip of the tail bone and whisking away the shorter hairs.
- Work in sections and work close to the tail bone. Make sure the hair is long enough.
- For a 4-5mm size bracelet I need about 200 hairs. This is smaller than the diameter of a pencil.
- For a small braid used in a pendant or similar piece, I need around 100 hairs. This length of hair is important as it is easier for me to work with longer hairs.
- If you do not have hair that is long enough, please contact me and we can discuss the options available to you.
- Gather the hair together and secure with a rubber band (a braiding band is good) or a soft string.
- Carefully loop the hair, do not knot the hair, and put the hair in a zip lock bag with a label including your name and the name of the horse.
- I will not process hair that is tangled, matted, or excessively dirty.
Hair that is collected from the 'field' or stall and not neatly secured with a band will be charged a minimum 35.00 for extra processing.
- I always wash the hair, no matter how clean it appears to be. Braiding with absolutely clean hair is critical to the quality of the piece of jewelry.
- If you wash the hair, please do not add any conditioners. You must be sure that the hair is absolutely dry before putting it into the baggie.
- All unused hair will be returned with the completed piece of jewelry.
- Mane Hair
- Yes, I braid with mane hair. Mane hair is much finer, shorter, and more prone to breakage than tail hair, making it more difficult to work with.
- An additional $50 fee per braid applies to mane hair.
- Mane hair is beautiful and protected in the Keystone, Horseshoe, and Bar styles.
Please contact me for details.