The Dread Doctor

An Edinburgh based Loctician service with 19 years experience in creating natural dreadlocks, and permanent and temporary synthetic extensions.

A UK based business specialising in dreadlocks and hair extensions with over 10 years experience. Whether you're looking for real dreads, synthetic dread extensions, falls or extensions to give you hair more length and fullness I have something for you. All synthetic dreads are custom made and shipped worldwide. Optional install available in the Edinburgh area. Consultations are free.

[07/13/20]   Hello lovely people :)
I hope you have all been well. You are probably aware by now that salons are allowed to open officially very soon.
I have so many messages to reply to. This is of course a very good sign and I am immensely grateful

Oh look. It's the back of that medieval looking chair again. In the "office" beginning the creation of some gorgeous teal shades. Love mixing these colours. Wondering about the possibility of adding just a teeny tiny hint of brighter green. Sometimes these tweaks work. Sometimes they don't, and there's only one way to find out which is half the fun :) πŸ’œ

[05/16/20]   Hello lovely people :)
I have been rather quiet about self promotion on here. I have such mixed feelings about doing so at a time like this, when so many are having financial hardships. Of course I would never expect those of you who have been hit hardest to even consider purchasing anything you didn't need at the moment. So I hope I'm not offending anyone with this post

Hello everyone 🌞 I hope you are all well. We have been busy gardening, studying and generally keeping busy while an eye is closely kept on lockdown updates.
As the restrictions relax, whenever that might be, hair salons may be among the first to get the go ahead. The new rules will be easy for us to follow :)
As you know there are only 2 of us in the studio at a time so social distancing between customers is no issue.
We may need to wear masks.
Going by other countries that have opened their salons, a no face to face discussion rule may be in place. We always mirror talk anyway.
We don't wash hair in the studio and we don't use hair dryers so no problem following any restrictions there.
Of course there will be the usual handwashing and sanitising.
Magnus and I look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible. Here he is enjoying his favourite snack.
Stay safe ❀

I thought everyone might be missing this handsome face. I'm sure you're all wondering where Magnus's employment stands during this time. You'll be glad to know that there has been no change to his pay, and in fact he has been promoted due to his impressive snack finding and snuggling skills.

Working from home in my make shift office. The grey extensions actually look pretty good on this medieval style chair.

Hello everyone :) Hope you are all safe and well. Meet Alan, my only customer for the foreseeable. I've been educating him on Loctician technical terms such as "side flooft" and how best to maintain it 😁
Magnus has been doing what he does best. Sleeping and looking for snacks and attention.
We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as possible πŸ’œπŸ’•

[03/23/20]   The Dread Doctors studio is closed, but not for long!

Lockdown finally happened. Lets use this time to reflect and to finally get those things done at home that we have been putting off.

As many of you know I have been studying tirelessly over the past couple of years and my page has been quieter during this time. My course isn't over, and I will be using this time wisely to finish the homeworks, but I will have more time on my hands to post up a backlog of photos from last year.

I want to say thank you to my amazing, loyal and supportive customers. I will miss our chats during this time, but we shall have many more upon my return :)

As I am sure you are all aware, the self employed will be one of the groups to be hit the hardest financially at a time like this. How can you be of help? Perhaps a review, a share, or like. I will still be answering enquiries.

This may be a good time for me to finally get round to making those e-vouchers. As soon as I do I shall post them up here.

Stay safe everyone. I look forward to seeing you all again very soon :)

Susan and Magnus xx

[01/01/20]   Happy New Year everyone πŸŽˆβ€πŸŽ‰ I hope that 2020 is good to you all πŸ™

Here's some recent work ❀ This is the longest time I have ever spent doing dreads in the entire time I have done this job. I think Wendy needs an award for putting up with my chat for 26 hours over 3 days, and for the amount of pulling on her scalp πŸ™

[11/26/19]   We are closed for Christmas from the 24th to the 26th. Then New Year on the 1st and 2nd. There are reduced hours in the building on 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st with doors closed at 1700. I can only take bookings for synthetic dread installs and maintenance due to limitations on time for these days. Spaces get taken on these dates very quickly so if you have partys to go to and need to look you best for family gatherings book soon to avoid disappointment

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I am off for a few days to relax and do birthday things. I shall answer any messages on Friday ❀
In the meantime here is some of my recent work. Alex is ecstatic with his new dreads. His hair is fine in texture but there is a lot of it. It is naturally straight, and permed to give it some texture. I don't do perms just to clarify. This would have been done at the barbers. He is back on Saturday for some extensions.

Love the effect of darker dreads underneath highlighted hair.

Photos from The Dread Doctor's post

These dreads were started off as naturals and then extended with synthetic hair.

I haven't uploaded any pics for a while. These are some amazing Viking dreads which were made for David about a year ago. This pic was taken after a tidy up.

[09/10/19]   I'm on holiday until the 14th. I shall answer any messaged when I return πŸ™‚

[09/06/19]   It has been very quiet on my page. I am still very much in business though :) I shall post some long awaited photos soon before I go on a short holiday next week. xx

Hi All :) Just thought I would let anyone waiting for an answer to messages know that I am up to my eyeballs in books. I'm studying at the moment and will not be able to tend to my page as regularly as I usually do. Being a one person show already comes with its challenges but throwing assignments and exams on top makes things even more so. I apologise for anyone waiting. I will answer you as soon as I can ❀

I have to be careful that I don't trip up when working on Aaron's dreads :)

Some more good news. We won't be sent packing any time soon. The building will see us through 2020 ❀

Some rather good news for this gloomy Wednesday, we hope it brightens your day!

It was great creating these extensions for Gill who has very fine hair which never quite recovered after illness years ago.
When considering dreads for fine hair, or for any history of hair loss, it's important to have a proper consultation to discuss what is possible. We did a practise row at the neck line about a year ago to see how they would turn out. These took 9 hours. It can take double that time for thick hair.
Gill is really happy with these and I have to say so am I ❀

A tidy up for Claire. The ends are always very neat and tidy so only root work is needed.

These are extensions on very thick straight hair which took 8 hours to complete. Kirill has an undershave so when he ties it up he can create a 'pineapple' style. Thick straight hair may need a little more attention when it comes to tidying up the roots and keeping the extensions from moving. Especially in the early days when they haven't had time to mature.

A tidy up for Kris. We focused on root work which took just over 3 hours. Root work consists mainly of separating any dreads which have become too friendly, and pulling in any loose hair which have gone astray.

Photos from The Dread Doctor's post

A custom order with some very unfamiliar shades for me. This took some time to create what Joaquin was looking for. We got there in the end! πŸ’œ

A set of thin pink, red and dark brown dreads. Sharon has very thick hair so she can manage to fit a set of 40 with an undershave.

[01/26/19]   Hi All, I trust everyone has well recovered from the festive season and back to normality :) With the daylight increasing slowly and hints of life showing through the ground I'm sure everyone is feeling the anticipation of Springtime.
Thanks to everyone for your patience as I get through my enquiries. If I haven't spoken to you yet, I definitely will. Much love

[12/20/18]   πŸŽ„β˜ƒ Hi all πŸ™‚ Just to let you know that I close on the 22nd of December and open again on the 3rd. I won't be able to respond to any messages during that time. Hope you all have a lovely festive season β˜ƒπŸŽ„

A partial tidy up for Allan.

Some long blonde extensions for Lauren.

[12/11/18]   Some changes are being made to group settings. If you would like to continue seeing my posts and photos please go into your group settings and make sure you switch to see all posts :) Thank you ❀️

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