What Is a Doobie Hairdo?

In the Dominican Republic, doobie wraps are typically covered with headscarves.

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Regardless of how it sounds, a doobie hairdo will not leave you looking like one of the Doobie Brothers. In fact, a doobie is less a final hairstyle and more a technique to smooth and straighten your lovely locks without the use of heat or chemicals. With a little practice, any woman can wrap her hair into a doobie. However, women of Hispanic, South American or African ancestry who have dark, textured hair will see the most obvious benefits.

Background

Ever noticed what happens to your hair when you're someplace steaming in hot, humid weather? Frizz central. The doobie hairstyle was developed in the Dominican Republic by women who were sick of fighting the frizz and wanted a way to keep their hair under control without having to hit the salon every day. By putting their hair in a doobie nightly, they found they could preserve the effects of a salon visit for at least several days. Dominican hair salons specializing in doobie wraps have become popular in the United States as an alternative method for hair control.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Doobie enthusiasts say that, done correctly, a doobie will give your hair sleek wave action minus flyaway frizz, all without hot irons and hair-stripping chemicals. The hair gurus at Vissa Studios praise doobies as a way to accomplish a trendy and nearly effortless look they call the short doobie swoop — sleep with your hair in a doobie, then remove the pins the next morning, brush and style. The bummer here is that you've got to spend the night with those pins in place and, if you're devoted to leaving the doobie in even longer, you'll need to wear a head scarf to avoid looking like you couldn't care less about your appearance.

Basic Method

You can wrap your hair in a doobie after drying it completely in large rollers, or you can simply wash, dry, brush and start the procedure. Either way, you'll need plenty of large bobby pin-style hair clips, finishing serum and a large, flat brush. Part your hair straight down the center and use the brush to coax your hair around your head, clockwise. Keep this up, putting pins in every few inches and moving the pins as needed, until all of your hair is secured.

Should I Get a Doobie?

It can't hurt to give it a whirl, but remember that doobies love thick, textured hair that can really hold the treatment. If you've got thin, fine hair or hair that's got some serious curl to it, you might be disappointed with your doobie results. Hair stylists recommend that African-American women in particular will love doobies. In 2006, African-American hair experts included the doobie in a list of the 10 best hairstyles for African-American ladies.

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