Various methods are available for removing the locs, but you must choose one according to your hair condition. You can choose from the following dreadlock removing methods:
1: Cut the dreadlocks
Cutting the dreadlocks is one of the easiest and safest methods for getting rid of the locs. Moreover, it is the right solution to get rid of brittle ends. No matter how much you care for your locs, the ends of your hair always end up in a mess. So, the best way is to cut the split ends and keep neat and clean locs.
If your locs are shorter, cut only the split ends, and you are good to go. But, if you want to get rid of all the locs and start fresh, you can cut them anyway. The main goal of cutting locs is to remove the damaged section of hair and give them an open end to grow. Further, cutting can be performed by the following procedure:
1. Cut off dreadlocks with scissors:
How short dreadlocks you cut depends on how much hair you wish o retain. Even if you want to shave off your head, cut the locs with scissors as it makes the process convenient. If you’re retaining longer locs, just cut the dead ends.
2. Wash the scalp:
Wash the scalp with a residue-free shampoo and a leave-in conditioner and remove detangled locs. It will not only moisturize the scalp but will also soften the remaining hair.
3. Style remaining hair:
Completely air dry the hair and use essential hair oil to moisturize the hair. At this step you can use hair styling products or trimmers to get a clear head. In case of shaving, clean the remaining hair. If you want to retain some locs, retighten them to keep them in good condition.
2: Professionally remove the dreadlocks
If you are looking for a safer approach to remove the locs, another way is to find a stylist and get an appointment. Each process has pros and cons, as removing the locs professionally will cause you some investment and time. Remember that it is a long and time-consuming process, so you must be prepared for it. Further, the locs removal by a professional cost around $500.
So, keep in mind all these factors before making a final decision. One benefit of choosing this method is that your hair will be in safe hands, and your arms will rest.
3: Comb out method
Last but not least, another less damaging method of removing the dreadlocks is combing out dreadlocks. Unlike cutting, it is not a single-step technique. It requires quite some time and a few steps:
I. Recruit a helper
It is a long and time-consuming process. If you start this independently, it may take a few days. To speed up the process, recruit a helper or take assistance from your friends.
II. Trim ends of dreadlocks
The second step of combing out dreadlocks is trimming the locs before moving forward to the next step. If your dreadlocks are not older than two years, cut at least 1.3 cm from the bottom of the locs. The more you cut, the less combing will be required.
III. Soak the locs
To comb out the locs, it is essential to saturate the locs with water. Soak the dreads in warm water for 10 minutes to soften the locs before combing them out.
IV. Saturate locs with conditioner
In this step, massage the conditioner into your locs from roots to the ends. Use both hands to massage the locs and apply extra conditioner at the tips.
V. Untangle the locs
Choose from single locs and begin from the bottom. Use a tail comb to separate the locs and unravel the locs with your hands. Starting from the bottom detangle the hair and comb smooth, slightly move upwards till scalp. Apply this technique to all locs and comb out all the hair.
If you have a helper or a friend, make them work on the back strands while working on the front strands yourself. In this way, you will complete the process in less time. Further, pull the hair as little as possible to control the damage.
To sum up, these three methods are commonly used for unraveling the locs without using hair tools, products, and other equipment. They are damage-free methods and are easy to perform.
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