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Topic: will steam dreading falls kill the 'blacklight reactive' bit in them??  (Read 407 times)
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« on: May 12, 2006 08:05:49 AM »

I've made some black and purple falls, and needed to bulk them up a bit, ready for a night out tomorrow.
I used some pink, KK, jumbo, blacklight reactive, synth hair, to make some more double ended dreads using my steam iron (it needed to be used for something)  Grin

Will the steaming/heat process kill the reactive nature of them though?? I am hoping that, because the hair is made for dreading- it won't have, and I shall glow in the dark!!  Grin

I'll get my hubby to add some pics later.  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2006 02:26:40 PM »

I could be wrong about this as I have not worked with these before but...

Generally, when materials glow in black light they are phosporescing. This is a phenomena where the electrons of the atoms are excited when they are hit with specific wavelengths of light and jump quickly from one energy shell to the next and then back again. When they jump back to the initial energy level they give off energy in the form of light.

Steaming will likely not change the chemical structure, let alone the atomic structure of your synthetic hair and so will likely not change it's ability to glow.

Of course the easiest way to tell is to steam a small sample of it and see whether it still works afterwards or not.

Good luck!

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