The Dreadlock Incident, Part 4 (Before/After).

For three miserable weeks, Brian held on to the hope that his dreads could be salvaged.

I knew better.

So one day when he asked, “Do you think it’d be all right if I went back to that salon and asked if they could fix them?” I replied with my usual, “I don’t care.  I’m not touching them.”

Apparently the stylists at the other salon laughed at him, assuring him that there’s no way those dreadlocks could be retightened.

Utterly defeated, that evening my husband arrived at the right salon – my salon – and asked me to cut the dreads out of his hair.

I knew that this would be a fine time for an excellent Before/After shot… But you have to understand that I was SO embarrassed about the state that these dreadlocks were left in that I was too ashamed to own proof of that.  Instead, I cut each dread off as far away from the scalp that I comfortably could, and then captured a shot of the remaining frizz that was left behind.

Before, take one:

Before, take two:

Before, take three:  (On several occasions, showing this picture to my clients has actually resulted in them almost falling out of the chair in an attempt to get away from ‘the scary man.’  As one friend put it, “If I was your neighbor and I saw him around your house, I’d call the cops.”  While we all agree that Brian’s “before” picture is the most frightening look ever, please just take a minute to imagine what that must have looked like with the dreadlocks hanging on by a thread, completing the disaster.)  (…Oh yeah, by the way, the amount of laughter that I’ve gotten out of this picture has more than made up for the Eleven Hour Sabotage.)

After (same day):

Handsome again!

Moral of the story?

  1. Listen to your wife.
  2. Be nice to homeless people.  Just because they might be having a bad hair day doesn’t mean that they don’t have the potential to be beautiful on the inside and on the out.

For Valentine’s Day this year, all I asked from Brian was permission to post this story with pictures.  If you’ve been entertained in the slightest, please share this with your friends, too (starting at Part 1)!  (Who doesn’t love to see an incredible transformation?)


  1. February 17, 2012
    charles armstrong

    The most important thing you can do in life after knowing the Lord, is listening to your wife.

  2. February 17, 2012
    Margaret Treadwell

    loved the story…thanks for sharing…too bad we missed seeing the real thing…if he wants to try again this summer, though, we’ll be ready!

  3. February 17, 2012

    The transformation is amazing. Brian is blessed to have you … and you are blessed to have him.

  4. February 17, 2012

    Somehow even the pictures don’t do it justice. Brian came to church one week with a bandanna on, and it looked a little like a dead squirrel was trying to get out. Masterful save of the disastrous dreads, Suzy!!

    • February 17, 2012

      I am pretty sure this was the first week we started coming… LOL. And I would agree, Dead Squirrel…:)

  5. February 17, 2012
    Cindi Loretz

    Awesome story, not only did Brian give you a great Valentine’s present but also us, all of your readers!
    Again thanks for sharing!

  6. February 17, 2012

    *shakes head* I bet he’ll never do THAT again. a ha ha!

  7. February 17, 2012

    I dont know it still seems like cheating asking another hair stylist.(lol) The fact that both of you can share this story with us, says alot about both of you, you know what is really important. Thanks for sharing.

  8. February 17, 2012

    Please tell your guy that a complete stranger said he’s absolutely frickin’ adorable without the dreads. 🙂

  9. February 17, 2012

    Oh Suzy, I needed the dreadlocks story this week. It had been an awful week. Give Brian a hug from your client from Georgia and thank him for letting you share this story. I am actually smiling and MEAN it! Thank you, and I’ll see you the first week of April!

  10. February 17, 2012
    kathleen reynolds

    great story Suzanna, happy ending. everyone should have dreads at least once.
    may all your days together be a string of adventures and happy endings.

  11. February 18, 2012
    Michelle Kinder

    Girl, you certainly can work some magic!! He’s handsome before, don’t get me wrong, but the hair was pretty… well… “YIKES”. But the after shot shows just how amazing you are at what you do! Very nice job. And kudos to your hubby for smiling through it all like a champ!

  12. February 19, 2012

    i would have left him in “take 3” stage for at least a month before helping him out. shows how gracious you were. ok, maybe not a month, but for an uncomfortable period of time in which he would have had to go out in public at least once.

    • I hear ya. As miffed as I was, I just don’t have the heart to intentionally embarrass him. Did you know that even the most embarrassing stories I tell about Brian on Square Piece have been pre-approved by him?

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