How to Do a Doobie

I take for granted that everyone knows how to do a doobie, but that’s because I was probably doing my own before I could tie my shoes.

Anyway, there are few different ways to do a doobie, including the Cuban, which is when you section off a square of hair at the crown and roll the hair on a roller. This gives the hair a lot of lift; this doobie is good for those of you who are looking to give thinner hair a little volume.

If you have a lot of hair, like I do, then a regular doobie is in order.

Just like doing a roller set, it’s about practice. So, let’s get started.

1. You need to part your hair from crown down to the nape of the neck. You can part from crown to front, but I’m not always sure which direction I want my part to go, so I usually start in the back.

2. Since my part is from crown to back, I comb the left half of my hair forward, smoothing as I go.


3. I place the first bobby-pin in the back, at the nape, then place one at the crown.

dominicanblowout_doobie34. Comb, or brush the hair clock-wise as you work, adding a bobby-pin along the way about 2 or 3 inches from previous pin.


dominicanblowout_doobie6dominicanblowout_doobie7Notice that it just keeps on moving around the head. You put pins around the hairline and in the crown. If you have enough length, you can have larger gaps between pins. If you have a shorter cut, then you may need to use more pins, to ensure that your hair is not slipping down before you get the entire head wrapped.


When you get all the way around to your first pin, if you still have hair that needs to be wrapped, just pull the pins out, brush/comb the hair around a little and replace the pin. Do this as necessary, until all of your hair is completely up and secure.

dominicanblowout_doobie10Ya! That’s it! We’re done.

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34 Responses to How to Do a Doobie

  1. Nina says:

    Oye morena, I colored my hair pero solo like once or twice you know and now my ends are so rough!Help me out!Gracias mamii :)

  2. LaNegra says:

    Hola amigita,

    Did you use a permanent color, or a rinse? If your ends are rough-n-tough, you probably need a good trim. You also need to condition, condition, condition!

    You may also want to consider going back to your natural hair color. I don’t color my hair no matter what a stylist says to me. I relax my hair, that’s all the stress I want to put on my hair.

    If you insist on color, use a temporary, like Jazzing, but you really have to baby your hair right now.

    Lastly, try a protein treatment, such as Aphogee every other month, but follow the directions!!


  3. Creola84 says:

    Dimelo!!! This website saved my life! I never could wrap my hair properly and always ending up needing to redo it in the morning after I sleep, meaning I use the flat iron waaaaay too much!!!!! In Providence, I go to my Dominican stylist who has been desperately trying to get me to do this but now I know how! Thank you!!!

  4. LaNegra says:

    Claro! If you back off the heat, you will definitely save your hair and learning to do a doobie, will save your freshly styled hair.

  5. kay says:

    THANKS!!!! i always wrapped my hair the wrong way….and like the other girl said i’d have to redo EVERY morning…..thanks for teaching me. i followed the steps and it came out perfectly!!!! BESOS!

  6. LaNegra says:

    De nada mija! Besos a ti tambíen :)

  7. Melissa says:

    Thank you so much, I also needed a picture tutorial of a doobie. I just received my first DBO on Friday and I love it!!! A good trim, and the garlic treatment and I feel like a million buck! I am also a natural head, so it was a lot of work for her with my shoulder length hair, but well worth it for me!!! Also, is there anyway that I can get the word out that this Domini Salon also happens to be in the Bay Area in California?? She is the only one I could find unless I went to LA! So for all the Bay Area ladies who would like a Dominican Blow out, she is in San Rafael, CA about 10 miles away from San Francisco….Lucretia’s Hair Design…I love it! Thanks La Negra!

  8. LaNegra says:

    Hola Melissa,

    I’m glad the tutorial was helpful for you. Please, take some pics and share them :)
    Do you have Lucretia’s address? I’ll see if I can find it and add it to the map. Thanks for sharing!

  9. LaMorena says:

    I am so glad I found this website. I have been trying to figure out how to exactly do a dominican blowout/doobie and now I feel that I’ve perfected it. I don’t use any foaming lotion anymore. I read somewhere that it is hardly ever used in a dominican salon so I simply used the leave in treatment and heat protecting creme instead and it came out soft and healthy, also thanks to a protein treatment I use by Mizani called Kerafuse.
    I don’t like using flat irons and hair dryers that much because it really damages the hair and I am trying to achieve bra strap length locs since I cut it off a few months ago (damaged ends).

    Again, thanks!

  10. LaNegra says:

    Hey LaMorena, glad to have you stop by and post.

    Setting lotions and foams are never really used anymore, because they tend to make the hair stiff and often flake. If you like swaaay and like your hair supple, stick with the cremes and serums. They are so much better for achieving a natural, soft look, versus a stiff, hard curl.

  11. Sara says:

    Ah i love this website when i was younger my nanny was dominican and used to do wrap my hair nefore bed and i could never do it myself i really needed a picture tutorial!

  12. LaNegra says:

    Hola Sara, lo siento! I didn’t see this comment for some reason. Anyway…glad the pics helped :)


  13. araceli says:

    Nena thank you soooo much! For years I have been trying to do a doobie on my hair but it always came out looking like a hot mess. Now that I learned how to do it, my hair style lasts longer which means I don’t have to go to the salon so often. I do it at night, then I tie a panuelito on it and I go to sleep, when I get up all I gotta do is untie the panuelo, take the clips out, fix it up a little and BAM, I look like I just stepped out of the salon :)

  14. LaNegra says:

    No hay problema! It’s pretty easy, no? It definitely makes your style last longer.

  15. RenattaLaMorenita♥ says:

    ay dios!!! im so happy i found this site to look at porque cuando i had hair that was longer i could never do nuthin with it so i cut it real short como los morenos y i regreted it so much pero now itz like to my shoulders and i wanted to kno how to do this and now i finally realize what i was doin wrong!!! gracias mija, MWUAH besitos pa ti ♥

  16. LaNegra says:

    Gracias por los besitos! Practice, practice and you’ll get it all down perfectly.

  17. Essence says:

    Hey girl! New to your site, liking it! One question though, how long do you reccommend staying under the dryer after you wrap it (the “doobie” part)? For it to get to a good straight length but to not stay under it for too long?

  18. LaNegra says:

    Hola Essence,

    If your hair is completely dry and you just want to knock out a little of the curl, try starting at 10 minutes. If your hair is as long as mine and thick, I recommend bumping the heat up a little.

  19. Shantyana says:

    Hola! I love your site. I have naturally curly hair (so de Puerto Rico y Cuba) and I struggle with how to manage my curls so I am going straight for awhile. My mother does the rolos for me but I got a blow out done at a salon in Boston, MA on Thursday. I really do love it. But I am struggling with the doobie. So far I can not get the hang of it. My mother has been doing it. I noticed she was brushing right instead of left like you and my ends came out flipped out. I think that’s because we did the doobie in the wrong direction. I am going to try doing it myself soon, but I struggle with it. :(

  20. LaNegra says:

    Hola guapa! The direction of your dubie shouldn’t matter. Do you tie your hair down at night? If not, that may cause the ends to flip up, but it really doesn’t matter whether you brush to the left, or right…you should still get your hair to flip under.

  21. TaniT says:

    this looks like how you wrap your hair at night before you go to sleep…I thought the “doobie” was when you go under the dryer with saran wrap?

    BTW what product do you use on new growth (if your hair is already relaxed) to help it straighten during the “blow out” ?

  22. LaNegra says:

    Yes, it is what I do before I go to sleep. I guess that there is a different type of dubi, huh?
    That’s they way a Dominican dubi is done :)

    I always use the same products, regardless to whether my hair is relaxed or natural: CHI Silk Infusion mixed with Paul Mitchell Skinny or a different anti-frizz serum.

  23. Courtney'smommy says:

    Thanks for the picture tutorial! My daughter’s hair is long and naturally curly, but looks very much like yours after being blow dried at the salon. I would like suggestions on how to maintain the straight hair for a week (she is 6 years old) because she likes it as loose as possible. I’m thinking of two low ponytails, but how should I secure it at night to make sure her ponytails look good in the morning?

  24. LaNegra says:

    Hola Courtney’smommy!

    I’m glad that pics helped. A pic is worth a thousand words, no?

    If I were you, I’d put her hair up in a dubi every night, regardless to whether or not you do pony tails the next day. The dubi will keep her hair from becoming tangled and will keep her hair from frizzing up. Also, since she’s so young, I would limit the amount of heat used on it. Trust me, she’s gonna become well acquainted with a blower when she’s old enough :)

  25. topsailmom says:

    yay i totally love this
    i was searching and trying to remember how to do this to my hair when the salon in nyc did it for me & well low and behold thank u for having this site – im going to have some rock locks of love thanks to your site muah

  26. kasia williams says:

    i just got my doobie this week and they did a good job and my hair is so smooth and long

  27. Sheeda says:

    I just happen to stumble upon ur site. I wanna say thank u for the great info. I cut off my shoulder length hair one year ago because of heat damage from the blower and flat iron. This doobie style is so much healthier for my relaxed hair. Gracias! ;)

  28. Kimme says:

    I am transitioning to natural and I have been 2 strand twisting my hair. I have been hearing about the DBO and I want to try it. I also need my ends trimmed b/c I have been transitioning since December and I have not had my ends trimmed. Do you think this will be good for me. My hair tangles very easily. I haven’t wore it straight since Nov. Do you think it will be a problem?

  29. LaNegra says:

    Hola Kimme,

    I’m not sure what you’re asking. Do you want to know if Dominican Blowouts are good for you, or a trim? :)

  30. Melito'sMami says:

    Hola LaNegra,
    I love your instructions! But I would like your input on what to do for wet hair being wrapped? I’m trying to cut as much heat as possible. I’m black but I do have thick wavy hair (black, white, and indian bloodline mixes), that I’ve been told by my dominican friends is very similar to theirs. My hair is now, I would say in recovery from being severely damaged from bleaching blonde and a perm. My hair was down my back and broke off very short. I think what I see you doing would be really great for my hair. And any input you could give me on how to treat and care for my own hair I would greatly appreciate it. Gracias Mamita!

  31. LaNegra says:

    Amiga, I cannot help you there. I don’t do wet wraps, would take forever for my hair to dry.

    If anyone else can offer advice, please chime in!

  32. Bianca says:

    I’m going to try this method on my own. I had it done and I love it. What is a good Domincan Shampoo? The one used inthe salon was excellent.

  33. LaNegra says:

    Let me know how it turns out. I cannot recommend a specific Dominican shampoo because my salon always used creme of nature on my hair, but the formula changed.
    I make my own by using my favorite shampoo (whatever smells good) and adding about equal amount of an inexpensive creme rinse from Sallys.

  34. Phaedra says:

    I just found this site and I cannot tell you how excited I am about it. I had given up on ever getting my doobie to work until I tried your technique. If I can help it, I’m never using heat again. Thanks!

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