There are two basic ways to remove dreadlocks – and yes, there are ways to do it without cutting your hair, contrary to popular belief.
* The only way to remove dreads is to shave your head, or cut them off very close to the scalp.
* If you don’t shave your head, removing dreadlocks is painful and damaging to the scalp and hair.
* It is possible to have dreads, and then remove them no matter how long you may have had them.
Here are the 2 basic methods.
1. Shave or cut dreads
By far the easiest method of dreadlock removal if you don’t wish to save any of your hair.
* scissors and/or clippers
* less than an hour
Whether you want to shave close or cut leaving an inch or so of hair is entirely up to you.
1. Begin by using scissors to cut the dreads off one at a time near the root where the hair is less tangled, and then shaving clean with clippers if you so desire.
(You can also leave 4-6 inches and pick out that amount of hair with a lot of conditioner and a strong metal comb if you are willing to put in a little more work in order to keep some hair. For picking instructions – see below).
2. Finish by washing your scalp and remaining hair thoroughly.
2. Picking out dreadlocks
Extremely time consuming but very successful if you are willing to put the time in.
* strong comb (preferably metal)
* high quality de-greasing shampoo
* high quality verrrry slippery conditioner
Note* We recommend the Knotty Boy removal kit, for removing dreadlocks. it has both, they also have metal combs for a good price. It is possible that you will run out of conditioner if you have really long hair or a lot of hair, so you can supplement this with another quality conditioner to finish the job.
* up to 15 hours total, depending on your locks. We are serious about this. Typically 4-8 hours but we have heard of it taking 2 days!
1. Lay in a bath and soak your dreads completely for at least 10 minutes.
2. Wash dreadlocks thoroughly with shampoo, and with water as hot as you can safely stand it. This will help melt the wax or whatever greasiness has built up over the years. Do this by working small amounts of shampoo into each section of each dreadlock to get the soap into the middle as much as possible.
4. Work conditioner into each dreadlock and begin to GENTLY pick each dread out carefully with a metal comb, beginning from the bottom and working your way up to the scalp. This will take a LONG time – but be patient – you will get your hair back.
5. Once you have picked out all of your dreads, condition all of your hair again with a lot of conditioner and allow it to sit in your hair for 5 minutes. This will help repair some of the damage caused by picking.
6. Go to a salon and get yerself a nice new hairstyle!