Custom gear has always been a big hit in the lacrosse world. Companies are making factory dyed heads, Warrior is making a color capped sidewall, and Easton makes a head that allows you to tweak the pinch and the offset to your liking. If you can afford a new stick that is all great news. But what do you do with that white head you have been playing with for a season or two? This week I wanted to put together a quick “How To” post to show you how to add a little flair to your stick on the cheap. We’ll start with a dye.
And ALWAYS REMEMBER, if you are a minor, get your parents’ permission first, and no matter how old you are, BE CAREFUL! Boiling pots of water, exacto knives and more can be dangerous.
How to dye your lacrosse head
Before you can dye your head you need to pickup some supplies. Obviously you’ll need a pot that is big enough for a head. I picked up a cheap aluminum pot, that I use specifically for dyeing, at Value Village for around $2.00. In addition to a pot you will need some Rit Dye – you can find this at most grocery stores or at any craft supply store. I chose to go with a simple two color, red and blue, fade. If you are feeling a little creative you can use stickers or tape to add designs to your head (more on this later).
Once you have all of your supplies the first thing you need to do is prepare your head for the dye. I use a little bit of rubbing alcohol to remove any gunk/scuffs that may be on my head. Make sure you remove your ball stop!
While you are cleaning your head, fill your pot with water and bring it to a boil. When the water starts to boil remove it from the heat and add your first dye packet.
When it comes to coloring your head, the longer you leave it in the dye, the darker it will be. I knew I wanted a really dark blue, so I left the head in the pot for about 10 minutes.
When the head is the shade you are looking for, remove it from the water. If you are going to use a different color, like me, clean the pot and refill it with water. Again, when the water begins to boil, remove the pot from the heat and add your second dye packet.
Make sure you stir the dye before dipping the head. When the dye has dissolved all the way dunk the head, leaving it in the water until it becomes the shade you want. Remove the head from the pot and rinse off any excess dye using cold water from the sink.
As you can see in the image below, I tried to use a few star stickers to give spice up my head a bit. The stickers I used were pretty cheap and bled when they were dipped in the pot. I still like the faded almost ghost star look, but if you are going to use stickers or tape I would suggest testing it out on an extra piece of plastic or an area of the head you don’t care as much about, before you try to dye.
How to make a custom ball stop
In addition to a custom dye job, I wanted to add a little more personality to my head by making a custom ball stop. A custom ball stop may not be that big of a deal, but it’s a fun and easy way to style up your stick.
To make a custom ball stop you’ll need a basic foam ball stop, a tape measure, a pen, and an exacto knife or scissors.
Start by measuring your ball stop.
Divide the ball stop into 3 equal parts.
Add a logo or letters.
Finally, cut the letters/logos out with your exacto. Make sure you cut the ball stop on a cutting board to prevent cutting your counter or table.