Sunday, October 9, 2005


`Hair’ Is The Hat

`Darain Housen has not taken off his hat for the last 20 years. He bathes, he sleeps and does everything possible in it. It is a perfect fit.

But unlike other hats, his is not made of cloth but from the very hair on his head which is why it cannot be removed.

Housen has been sporting his ‘natural hat’ hairstyle for the last 20 years. The 40-year-old barber who lives in Somerset, St. Thomas said he came up with the idea after some of his friends decided to wear hats to a party but he could not find one to wear.

“Mi an dem fi go a di party but di three of them had caps an’ mi had none so mi get two mirror one behind mi and di other in front of mi an’ mi trim mi hair like a cap an’ go a di dance,” said Housen.

Housen said his hairstyle created such a stir that he got a crate of beer to share between he and his friends.

“Dem did love it,” he said smiling. “Mi friends an’ some of the girls said I win di hairstyle contest and buy mi a box a Guinness,” he said.

Housen said the morning after the dance he clipped the rough edges and then for six months he kept growing the ‘peak’ but since then he has not made major changes to his ‘hat’.’

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