The Quick Cut: Removing Dreads with Scissors

cutting dreadlocks with scissors

When it comes to dreadlock removal, you have choices. Unlike what some people or companies might want you to believe. There is always a choice. One choice won’t be right for everyone but sometimes the most drastic, quickest, and most efficient choice is right for some.

That choice might be to cut off your dreadlocks. You’re ready to have them removed, aren’t looking to shave your head and do not want to spend hours brushing out the entire length of the dreads. Can’t blame you either! This option is the middle ground for those ready for a change without any of the drama or wasted hours.

The Time Has Come

Knowing when you’re finally ready to remove your dreads is all up to you and it will be different for each person. Maybe you’re feeling underwhelmed and need a change in your life. Or maybe you’re tired of the maintenance and you want a new look completely. Either way is fine and entirely up to you.

Once that time has come, there are a few things you’ll need to do and have to make sure you’re ready to cut. First, you’ll need good scissors. No, your kitchen scissors will not do the trick. They likely aren’t sharp enough or strong enough and when you’re cutting your dreadlocks off you don’t want to mess it up. Next, you will still need a small metal comb that will allow for easier unraveling after the length of the dreadlock has been cut.

Where to Cut

Next, you need to figure out where you want to cut your dreads so you can start that unraveling process. Most of this depends on how much hair you want to be left on your head, quite literally. If you have twelve-inch long dreadlocks and cut about six inches off, there’s a high probability that your hair will be a lot shorter than that after it’s undone completely. Most would recommend that you cut off a few inches – anywhere between two and five inches – depending on the length at the start and then you will have cut off the most well-knotted part of the dread where the rest will be undone much easier since it’s relatively new and closer to the root of the head.

Once you’ve decided where you’ll cut, having that great pair of scissors will give you the straightest cut that will allow your hair to look somewhat reasonable once it’s unraveled.

Now What?

After you’re ready to cut, go ahead and get chopping. If you’re ready, cutting the minimal length off to help the hair be brushed out and getting started on the dreads that remain is the final step. Once you have cut off a significant amount, you can easily brush out the rest. This will take some time, though not nearly as long as brushing out the full length yet not as quick as shaving it all of either.

Once you have cut the dreads and brushed out the rest there is still a little bit of work that needs to be done – but probably not by you. You will lose a lot of hair and will have a haircut that is straight-edged and blunt from where you cut the dreads. Most people who take this route also suggest that once they are cut and brushed out that you spend some time conditioning them, building up the hair that’s been knotted for a long time and then getting your hair cut professionally to make it look the way you want it to.

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