There are a number of reasons why someone might remove their dreadlocks. While all reasons are valid too, some are more unfortunate than others. For example, some people need to remove their dreads for their work or career choices. While the trend is changing and shifting toward a more accepting workplace, this is still very common on why people need to remove their dreads.
Other reasons might include a big life change or just boredom. Dreads are just like any other hairstyle, and after a certain time period, you might just need a change. Some people will have a breakup or a marriage and want their hair a certain way that will cause them to remove the dreads. No matter what the reason for the removal is, there are three main ways to remove your dreads; some more invasive and dramatic, and some are less so.
Brush It Out
The first method of dreadlock removal is the brush out. This is by far the most painful and nearly the longest process of them all. It also requires more tools than the other processes.
If you choose to brush out your dreadlocks, you are making a choice about what you might be doing for at least the next eight hours depending on the length and the sheer number of individual dreadlocks you have. For this process, you will need a small metal comb, similar to a rattail comb, with metal teeth to start picking through your dreads until they are loose.
With this process, it will take time and patience and don’t freak out when you see a lot of hair falling out. There are so many hairs in your dreads that are loose and just bound up into the dreadlock and when you pick it out, those loose hairs over the months of years you’ve had your dreads will fall out.
Shave It Off
The second choice you have is the most dramatic of them all. If you choose, you can cut your dreads shorter and then choose to completely shave them off.
This is the quickest and most immediate transformation for those who are in need of a drastic change and don’t mind being close to bald for a short time. By doing this, you will literally be starting from nothing in growing out your hair for the next phase of your life. In addition to starting from nothing, post-dreads your scalp might be dry or in rough shape after the heavy dreads and then the immediate removal of them. Use some soft lotion and be sure to take good care of your scalp while your new hair grows in.
Grow It Out
Finally, there is another way to remove your dreads. It takes a while and isn’t the most pleasant process but will allow you to keep the most hair and allow your hair to grow out in stages.
The third option is basically the purposeful lack of maintenance on your dreads. You can stop tightening the roots, stop rolling the ends, and stop tying loose hairs back into the closest dreadlock. This method is a letting go of all routine (minus the washing, that’s still important) and to let your dreads grow out as much as they can on their own.
This process, as aforementioned, is long and time-consuming and, to be honest, not the most comfortable or good-looking way to get rid of your dreadlocks. However, it’s the least invasive or destructive to your hair. It allows new hair to grow from the roots and stay loose as you either comb out or trim the end of the dreads without rolling or tightening them. You literally just let them grow out slowly and trim and untangle as you go through the process.
No matter which route you choose, making the choice to remove your dreads is a big one so being aware of all the options you have is an important factor in that decision. Whether you shave it clean, pick it out, or grow it out, removing your dreads is just as much of an important process as getting them in the first place.