Friday, February 11, 2011

3 Month Update: Justin

This is Justin shaking out his brand new dreads on his installation day, actually 5 months ago now that I check. Yesterday he rolled into town to get some love for his locks, and in my world he flew all the way from Red Deer just for that purpose. (Just go with it, ok?)

Over on the left is a closeup of his felted locks as they were when he walked in the door. He's got a good solid inch of dread up past his grown-out threads, which we beefed up a bit by weaving in the new growth. You can also see in the photo that the new dread is a bit flattened out. It isn't ideal but it is pretty normal; it's tough to palmroll right up to the roots, especially when you're just learning. But no worries, that's what the thread's for - training wheels until you get a feel for it! With a little more wet palmrolling that'll shape up in no time.

All in all, Justin's dreads are looking pretty rad, and I'm damn proud to have had a hand in 'em. He let me know that though he was a bit skeptical at first, he loves his hair more and more every day - which is pretty damn sweet to hear.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Our Daily Dread

This here's Ian, who took the time out of a Whistler boarding vacation to come down to see me in the Big Green House and get some dreadlocks started today!

This was some of the easiest hair to dread I've had in a while, for real. Starting at 12 o'clock, I was at the top of his head by 3pm! Totally awesome. Check out his wicked after picture:

(Which we both thought was pretty hilarious, though I find it needing more eyebrow.)

How's about we let your last view be the one NOT brought to you by your local Sear's Portrait Studio, ok? Seriously, how awesome does this guy look with locks? When those sections fill in he's going to look like he was born with them. A total pleasure to work with and work on!

Speaking of working, folks are always asking me what it is I do to start locks. Ian was kind enough to let us film his head for a quick demo of how his locks got started, in real time. Check it out if you're curious!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

3 Month Update: Marlowe

Marlowe's Reconstructed dreads are looking amazing! Yeah, they're tightly sectioned at the top, but regular readers know that goes away fast. What a difference from the first time I worked on them in September of last year! Some flips I wasn't able to repair are still visible in her blond, but the new growth since then is tightly felted and looking amazing! She's at the point where I think we'll be able to maintain them without thread within her next two visits, leaving her with a much more natural appearance at the scalp.

She's really taking great care of this set of dreads - and the care shows. This appointment went faster than the last, and the next one will be faster still! Adorable. That is all.