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A Cut Above The Rest

Darain HousenDarain's hair hat's a winner.

When a local policeman stopped Darain Housen coming home from a dance in the early hours of the morning and asked him to remove his hat, the 40-year-old barber was unable to comply.

The policeman was surprised to discover that Darain had not removed his hat for the last twenty years and why? Because Darain's hat is made from his own hair.

Darain 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. He decided to create one of his own and trimmed his hair to resemble a cap. At the party the hairstyle created such a stir that Darain was awarded a crate of beer to share between him and his friends.

Darain 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 any major changes to his 'hat'.

Although he has had many requests to repeat the style for others Darain says that the texture of their hair has not made it possible.

Darain can be easily spotted on the Caribbean island of Jamaica and says people come from all over the island to have their photos taken with him but he has never charged a fee to touch his hair or have a photo of it taken.

After sporting the style for the past twenty years the Jamaican barber says he would feel light without it.

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