The Dreadlock Journey

A look at my dreaded years - You may wish to start at the bottom of this page for the correct order of events :)

Anddd the result!

A brand new bob!

In conclusion….

I do miss my dreads and I think I always will. However I definitely achieved my goal and had 6 great years. Now I can enjoy long hot showers, cozy un-scratchy nights and generally a lighter load :)

I hope you enjoyed my dreadlock journey :)

Laura x

Taking the plunge,

This is the final result. I managed to save a fair amount of hair and with a good condition is was not in bad shape. I just needed to book in with a professional to neaten up the edges.

This is half dreads and half normal hair.
I had combed the front and top out leaving dreads underneath. This pic is taken in Portugal. The combination of the sun, bleached hair and chlorine meant that a few of my dreads broke off. This helped me to decide that getting rid of them ALL was the only way forward.
They we’re much easier to put up once they were cut!
Removal of the dreadlocks.
This is my boyfriend kindly doing the job of snipping my dreads. The first stage of removal.
After 6 years I decided it was time. They had simply grown too long for me to handle. Why don’t you just cut them shorter!? you cry! Well the whole point in growing dreads, for me, was because I wanted long deadlocks. Now they had gotten to a stage where they were super long and I had reached my goal :) I felt satisfied that they were being removed.The removal process took around 4 months. I took several steps
1. cuts dreads to half the length and get used to it for a little while
2. Start washing hair with shampoo and conditioner. I used Aussie shampoo and Aussie reconstructive conditioner
3.Start to comb out dreads at the top and front
4. comb out rest of dreads from shoulder length
5. Get professional to cut off broken/dead ends
There is no point combing out dreads from the bottom as that hair is not attached to the head. To comb out cut to just above shoulder length and comb from there. You should find that the hair at this length is still attached at the root.
So these were my dreads at their longest. Taken in Feb 2013. Some of the questions I was at this point were:
Is it your own hair? Yes all my own hair. 6 years worth to be exact!
How do you wash it? Like normal hair silly but it takes 2 days to dry!
Is it uncomfortable? Unfortunately yes :( sleeping is a bit of a nightmare as it doesn’t matter which way you turn you get a face full of dreadlocks!
Are they heavy? Only when they’re up in a bun and the weight of them wasn’t distributed so evenly.

So these were my dreads at their longest. Taken in Feb 2013. Some of the questions I was at this point were:

Is it your own hair? Yes all my own hair. 6 years worth to be exact!

How do you wash it? Like normal hair silly but it takes 2 days to dry!

Is it uncomfortable? Unfortunately yes :( sleeping is a bit of a nightmare as it doesn’t matter which way you turn you get a face full of dreadlocks!

Are they heavy? Only when they’re up in a bun and the weight of them wasn’t distributed so evenly.

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