I got to the point where I was getting tired of my dreads. Being a hairstylist’s daughter, I’m used to changing my hair a lot over the course of a year so having the same hairstyle for a year and a half was a record I think! Plus we’re entering into a new stage of life becoming parents and I felt like marking the transition in a physical way…it’s not like my body’s going to change in any other way over the next few months ;)
I made the decision to cut my dreads before we left for Phoenix and decided that I would make it happen once we got back. On our trip I had 4 strangers randomly compliment me on my dreads. It was uncanny – that’s pretty much double the comments I got the whole time prior to that!
Eager to see my dreadlocks gone, my dad and hairstylist volunteered to go into the shop on his day off to re-style my hair. But before that, I needed to brush out enough hair to work with.
SEVENTEEN HOURS LATER, Steve and I managed to brush out my hair long enough that it was all the way to my shoulders. I had anticipated 8 hours and getting Steve to help me for maybe 2 or 3 hours to do the back ones. The poor guy devoted two days! Oh my god it took forever.
Here are some things I learned that may help any of you poor souls that face this seemingly insurmountable task someday —
~ make sure this is really what you want to do! I don’t have any remorse over my decision to cut my dreads. Sure, I miss them, but not in a “I want them back so bad!” kind of way. It’s a huge time commitment to get rid of them, so make sure you’re really ready.
~ have someone help you! I couldn’t have done this without Steve’s help. It was too hard to get the dreads in the back and it just would have taken way too long otherwise.
~ cut off as much as possible before starting; at the very least cut off 1-2 inches. I didn’t cut off as much as I could have because I didn’t realize that the hair would stretch so much. It started out at my ears as dreadlocks and after brushing out, my hair was down to my shoulders. So take that into account.
~ be prepared to watch lots of tv/movies, or listen to music/radio. Brushing out dreads is incredibly boring and tedious.
~ a round bristle brush is your friend. We didn’t learn this until the last hour when my dad came by to help finish things up and brought his fancy schmancy brush. It really loosened up the ends of the dreads so you could get the comb through.
~ you will lose a lot of hair. Normally you lose something like 100 hairs a day but with dreads, they get trapped inside. So 1.5 years x 100 hairs = big pile o’ hair.
That’s it! Of course there’s plenty more tips flying around the internet. These are just my two cents. The dreadlock forum Get Up, Dread Up is an amazing resource in general for dread info but they have a great section on getting rid of your dreads.
Sorry, I haven’t taken any more pictures of my new hair. I’m still getting used to the length and how to style it.