Dreads That Are Too Long?

Well, I never thought the day would come when my dreads became too long for me. Growing up as a kid with the typical straight permed, unhealthy hair that could barely grow past my shoulders, I dreamed of the day when my hair would touch (gasp) my waist. In my mind’s eye, I could see myself tossing my dark, luxurious main like a Disney princess, proud and beautiful.

Never did I imagine that this same hair would get caught in cabinet doors, become tangled up in purses, sample my food before I do, and be a general nuisance. However, I was soon to learn this once my dreads matured and grew, grew, grew. Fast forward to today, and I’ve just about had it with my waist length Disney hair. Not with dreads, mind you, but just the excessive length. Therefore, I decided to give myself a mild trim, which involved more technique than I expected. This post will be short because, well, I’m still in the process of trimming, but I will post more updates, soon, along with before and after photos. Stay tuned!

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  1. Ahh, I got fed up with the length of mine also, but more because with how short they are, and my having wavy Caucasian hair, you couldn’t even tell there were locs under all those waves! I decided to lack technique with this though, my end are very blunt stumps now. I look like the green haired version of raggedy andy! But I think it;s a fun change, and I’m sure my ends will be loose again after a few washes (Though, I pray, not nearly as loose at the ends as they were)

  2. So what’s the question?

    I came here interested in seeing what other people made of the ‘how long is too long’ question.

    My dreads are anle length. I’ve had dreads for so long I really can’t remember what it feels like to have free hair.

    But, I have read and heard that some people find they need to cut their dreads once they get too long, because the weight of the dreads ends up putting considerable weight on the neck and spine, in some cases leading to permanent disfigurement or worse.

    I can’t say I’ve reached that point, but I’m here because I’m trying to look out for spine and to get an idea of things to look out for.

    As for ‘how you wear your dreads’ or ‘what they do when you’re not looking’, well… You get the hang of it. You’ve had them there for a considerable time, rite? You’ve learned how to sleep with em, how to keep em out of the way in bathroom situations, how to keep them away from dirt and dust… ? yes? I hope so, cause they are the culmination of years’s worth of dedication and if you can’t look after them, snip snip come the clippers, your dreads are gone.

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