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about me

hi, i'm lish. i've worn dreads for over half of my life. i have exorbitant amounts of experience & understanding about how hair tangles & what can be done to facilitate & expediate the process without causing damage down the road. i do not use wax, gel, hairspray, glue, or anything else that will build up inside the dread. i do not flip dreads through their roots, or otherwise do "quick fixes" that look nice today & create horrible weak spots later. i do not use techniques like threading or root banding which destroy the dread long-term & force the wearer to pay for maintenance as often as monthly. most of my clients do not feel another maintenance session is necessary for 8-12 months after seeing me. i also moderate a very popular dreadlocks community, & you're welcome to join. my MO is to create dreads where the parts i start blend seamlessly into the new growth. i section so your placement looks naturally formed, but is still intelligent. i maintain dreads in such a way that the work is always invisible. i avoid performing processes your dreads aren't ready for, which means i'd rather turn a customer away for a few months (or more, sometimes) than take their money to harm their locks. i am available for the following processes: - starting new dreads - including fixing half-started or poorly started sets (see anya, marley) - including beard dreads (see dmitry) - performing maintenance on established dreads, including: - root cleanup - separation - frizz reduction - advanced procedures: - combining two thin dreads invisibly into one thicker lock using a method invented by me (see lish (set 2), matt s., loren, amber, joe, marley, shamika) - tip rounding (see kaitlin, katie, chrissy, robert) - tip softening (see lish (set 2), lish (set 4)) - resectioning mature dreads (see marley, shamika) - filling original weak spots (see wilma) - root band & other damage repair (see meghan, wilma, loren) - upkeep: - deep cleanings (see joe) - deep protein conditioning - bleaching &/or dyeing your dreads (or brushable hair!) in any manner of different styles (read my text on the subject) - sectioning only for new dreads: - perfect for people on a budget, this is the most difficult part of starting a set yourself, & the most important aspect in the long term. you can then use the memories at my dreadlock community to finish them by yourself or with friends. - & spiked styles (brushable hair ONLY) i am also able to brush out even most well-established dreads if you're moving to a different phase in your life. email me for details on this most intense of processes. i do not perform extensions, either creation or attachment. please see this page for a recommendation on where you can go for this.

dreadlock maintenance

note that many of the people i've performed maintenance on are from sets i originally started - all are linked appropriately. photos of my dreadlock maintenance work - click on each name for full size pictorial. lish (myself): started new dreads (second set: dreadhawk), bleach/dye regularly, combined thin locks into thicker, rounded the tips (to purposely keep a soft end) lish (myself): started new dreads (fourth set, current), bleach/dye regularly, rounded the tips ((to purposely keep a soft/tapered end) chrissy: separated very tangled year old locks, cleaned up each dread of much loose hair, rounded the tips (to be completely round) one year later: another full cleanup shamika: combined forked dreads, resectioned forward dreads, resectioned sides to shave in a dreadhawk wilma: started dreads on fine, soft hair later: root maintenance, filled in weak spots from extensions, evened out a thick spot due to extension weight click here to read what wilma had to say about her session. later: full maintenance on 1.5 year old dreads later: full maintenance on 2.5 year old dreads kaitlin: separation & maintenance on two year old dreads, tip rounding nancy: separation & maintenance on multi-textured mature dreads jessy: started medium thickness dreads in soft hair later: full maintenance on one year old dreads jenna: started medium thickness dreads in fine, soft hair later: trimmed tips of eight month old locks, bleached some tips & dyed others still later: maintenance on year old locks kat: cleaned up & separated mature dreads, special nape work katie: started fat dreads on very short, fine, straight hair one year later: full cleanup, some tip rounding later: maintenance on three year old locks anya: cleaned up a few self-started dreads, created the rest later: maintenance on two year old locks later: maintenance on three year old locks robert: started very thick dreads in soft hair later: full maintenance on 10 month old dreads then: tip rounding later: full maintenance on 1.5 year old dreads later: full maintenance on 2+ year old dreads loren: combined 76 dreads into 51, saved six month old dreads from future developmental problems later: further combined 51 dreads into 36. eight months later: full maintenance katy: started fat dreads in fine, soft hair seven months later: full cleanup with tips & bangs left loose matt s.: cleaned up eight month old dreads of loose hair & other issues marley: separated & resectioned highly merged 3 month old locks, started 17 fat new dreads stephanie: started medium dreads on very thick hair later: full maintenance on 1 year old dreads amanda: started dreads on thick, asian hair later: maintenance on fourteen month old dreads later: maintenance on two year old dreads ellen: separated very tangled six month old locks, sewed in large clumps of loose hair from the scalp irene: cleaned up loose hair on mature dreads annie: cleaned up loose hair on mature dreads joe: cleaned up loose root hair on mature dreads, bleached roots & dyed full length of dreads, combined two dreads & fixed other weak spots later: maintenance on three year old locks still later: deep cleaning later: maintenance on six year old locks beth: started dreads on soft, normal hair one year later: root maintenance raven: started a medium-thin dreadhawk in thick, curly hair later: maintenance on seven month old dreads, restarted three later: maintenance on two & a half year old dreads kim: worked for a limited amount of time to separate very tangled roots & clean up loose hair as much as possible sarah: started dreads on very thin, fine hair later: maintenance on ten month old locks later: maintenance on year & a half old locks later: maintenance on three year old locks matt: cleaned up year old dreads of much loose hair amber: cleaned up loose hair on mature dreads, combined thin or split locks michael: cleaned up mature dreads of much loose hair meghan: cured year old dreads of serious developmental problems, bleached out bangs aiming for white

starting dreadlocks

people are surprised at how little it hurts when i start dreads on them. backcombing isn't the most pleasant thing, but i don't leave your scalp sore at the end of the appointment. a couple of clients have even dozed off during! photos of dreadlocks i've started - click on each name for full size pictorial. lish (myself): started new dreads (second set: dreadhawk), bleach/dye regularly, combined thin locks into thicker, rounded the tips (to purposely keep a soft end) lish (myself): started new dreads (f