Sunday, April 10, 2011

Doug's Do-Over

Doug first contacted me via email a couple of weeks ago after reading about Zach's Reconstruction. Like Zach, he had started his dreads some time ago, but couldn't quite keep up with the maintenance required to get them looking as awesome as he'd like.

Here are Doug's dreads before we got going. They're about a year old, and show the beginnings of felting for about 3 inches in the middle of each section. Luckily, his 70+ sections were still pretty easy to pull apart, so weaving up the 5 or 6 inches of new growth to the root wasn't too tough. The real difficulty was in getting Doug's very thick, very slick hair to stay in the knots I was trying to create. It took us about 5 hours, but we got the tightly woven locks we were shooting for, and from here on out Doug's maintenance routine will be a fraction of what it was time-wise.

I had a lovely day working with Doug, he's got such a laid back and positive outlook on life. He's currently crossing Canada performing Improvised A Capella songs that have "never been heard before, nor will they ever be heard again. They're just for you." Click here to visit his website and hear some truly unique music!

If you've got questions about your dreads or you're interested in starting some new ones, drop me a line anytime at

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