Photo credit: Rashida

Photo credit: Rashida

Removing Dreadlocks By Cutting Them Off

Some people are hesitant to make the transition to dreadlocks, fearing they are too difficult and/or time-consuming to remove. Even if you enjoy the stylish appearance of dreadlocks (and most people do), you’ll probably still want to change up your hairstyle from time to time. So, are dreadlocks really that difficult to remove?

Not if you’re willing to cut them.

Sure, some people spend hours or even days trying to meticulously unravel each and every lock, (and that’s just fine) but there are other ways to remove dreadlocks when the time comes. In this post, I’d like to explore another option.

Cut ‘Em Off

One solution is to cut your dreadlocks off. I know it may sound harsh, but if you’re looking to change your hairstyle anyway, then cutting them shouldn’t be a problem. Just remember to leave enough length so you can properly style your hair afterwards. Cutting dreadlocks at the very root may limit the amount of hair that you have to work with. If you are fearful of cutting too much, ask a friend or family member to lend a hand. You can even have them measure your dreadlocks to ensure each lock is cut to the same length.

Now What?

You aren’t out of the woods just yet. After cutting your dreadlocks, you will still have some length of the locks remaining. There are several different ways to “undo” these locks, but it’s usually best to begin by prepping your hair with conditioner, lots of conditioner. Lathering your hair with a high-quality conditioner will help to moisten the remaining dreadlocks, allowing you to pull them apart with greater ease.  While you are applying the conditioner, be sure to thoroughly soak and rinse your hair in warm, almost hot, water. Again, this is necessary to loosen the dreadlocks so they will come apart.

Using a crochet hook or blunt-tip knitting needle, slide the needle through each dreadlock and gently pull it away. It may not come undone at first, but gently tease it by pulling back and forth and it should pull apart. Continue doing this until you’ve covered all of your dreadlocks, and you’re good to go! It’s naturally difficult to do this to your own hair, so you may need to recruit a helping hand. With a little bit of work, though, you’ll no longer have dreadlocks.

There is life after dreadlocks. When the time comes for you (years down the road, if ever), don’t be afraid to explore the next hair style that will be right for you!

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