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My First Dye Job

8 - Published June 23, 2010 by in Gear

First things first, let’s be clear: Never had I ever dyed a lacrosse head before. Nor had I ever felt the need for a pink colored head before. However, times change and life gets outrageous. All the sudden you’re a Woozle. You’re preparing to wear hot pink unis in a summer tourney, something you’ve already done for the past 6 years anyway. So why not follow the lead of lax aficionado ConnorWilsonLAS and step it up a notch with a sweet dye job? Exactly.

And so it was. Behold, my step-by-step process. Who knows, maybe it’ll be of some value to all you other n00bs out there.

STEP 1) Use your iPhone to watch a few instructional videos on YouTube, most of which are written, produced and directed by 13 year old suburban kids

STEP 2) Review some of Connor Wilson’s posts for inspiration and better direction than any 13 year old can provide.

STEP 3) Target the head you’d like to die, attempt to clean it up if it’s already been used and don’t forget to un-string it…

STEP 4) Borrow your mom’s glue gun.

STEP 5) Put hot glue random places, because why not? The photo below is proof of my glue use. Check the Revo teeth, which will get shredded later because I couldn’t get the glue off (more on that later).

STEP 6) Apply the glue dots you found in the same drawer as your mom’s glue gun. Don’t ask if you can use them because if you do there’s a 50/50 chance you lose the privilege.

STEP 7) Prep your lab. Follow the instructions inside the dye box, which lead you to putting on a bright yellow rubber clove, using all the table salt in the house, and possibly burning your thumbs on the pot you used to boil water.

STEP 8) Toss your head in there.

STEP 9) Remove from dye once head color is satisfactory.

STEP 9.5) You have a bucket of dye… might as well dye a chin strap too!

STEP 10) Prep for color #2

STEP 11) Get ‘er done.

Note: If you want a gray fade, don’t follow my lead. I made the mistake of leaving it in the dye too long and trying too hard to connect the 2 colors without any white surface showing. I know, typical freshman.

STEP 12) This is where it gets sticky. Let ‘er dry. Remove that glue you applied at the beginning. Well, try to remove it at least. I couldn’t get it all – especially on the Revo teeth, so I had to use an exacto knife and shred the teeth off. Oh well… you’ll see below that I used a black sharpie on that part to cover it up.

Note to self: Next time you’re having trouble removing glue, call Connor Wilson and he’ll tell you to put the head in the freezer, which will help make the glue hard and easier to chip off.

STEP 13) Take pride in the finished product. Give yourself a C- like I did!

I’ll call it WOOZITUS:

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Do you dye? Hit us up with pics of your masterpieces at info@lacrosseallstars.com.

Contact the author of this post at jeff@lacrosseallstars.com

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