• Ellie Bermingham

How to Comb Out and Remove Dreadlocks Without Cutting

I have experienced, a lot of people think that dreadlocks are just kinda irreversible, that is problematic to switch back to actual hairs.

To remove the dreadlocks, cutting your precious hairs is not the right choice, as there are so many options available to get rid of dreads without cutting them off.

Detangling mature locks need a lot of patience, consumes so much time, and require one major hair care product that is, conditioner to make your process easier. If you follow the steps properly, you’re brave to comb out dreadlocks without cutting.

I always recommend working on one loc at a time while removing the dreadlocks. During the process just make sure that you need to be gentle with your dreadlocks, at every single step.

In between, in case you feel like to get failed to manage by yourself, best to visit dreadlocks expert’s salon that is experienced in removing dreadlocks without cutting them.

In this blog, I'm going to share in detail how to comb out and remove dreadlocks without cutting & hurting the scalp.

Before getting started with the dreadlocks removal process, keep the necessary supplies with you to make this process easy.

What you’ll need:

1. Water

2. Rat-tail comb

3. Bicarbonate of soda

4. Conditioner

5. Regular comb


#1. Wash Hairs with bicarbonate of soda

Sebum production is only a problem when it builds up inside your dreadlocks. Start off with Soaking and washing dreads with apple cider vinegar or baking soda water will leave you with a fresh scalp and lighter, healthier dreadlocks by removing buildup!

You can easily make your own at home by adding some of the liquid or powder to an applicator bottle and heavily diluting it with water. Afterward, you need to apply it to the scalp and gently massage it.

However, make sure not to overuse bicarbonate of soda, as it has a high pH level which may lead to increase:

  • cuticle damage

  • hair breakage

  • frizz

  • irritation

The average scalp has a pH level of 5.5, and the hair shaft has a pH level of 3.67. And baking soda has a pH level of 9 which is too high. So, it’s necessary to maintain a balanced PH level, that will help your dreads to remain healthy.

It’s possible for baking soda to produce benefits at first, but long-term use can also strip your hair of its natural oils and irritate the scalp.

#2 Patch-test

Increasingly, many people are using baking soda to clean their hair and to remove dreadlocks. Baking soda, dissolved in water, can remove excess oil and buildup, soften your hair, and restore shine.

However, this is not always safe!!!

Patch-test on your skin before using to see if baking soda causes any side effects​. Avoid “no-poo” if you have dry or brittle hair.

Baking soda has a pH of 9, which is far higher than that of the scalp. Using a product with such a high pH may harm the hair. Over time, baking soda can strip the natural oil from the hair, lead to breakage, and make the hair fragile.

#3 Moisture Dreads to avoid hair breakage

After you’ve sectioned your hair, apply your favorite leave-in conditioner to the first section and massage it into your locs. Make sure each loc must be completely moisturized, and let it soak for about 5 -10 minutes.

#4 Remove split ends of the dreads

Another best way to start the process of Removing the Dreadlocks is by cutting out the very bottom damaged & split ends of Dreads if your dreads are long.

But, if your locks are shorter in length, you can either skip this 1st step or else cutting very small. The ultimate goal is to remove the damaged part of the hairs and get a loose “open-end” of the locs to work with.

#4 Use Rat Tail Comb to start Unlocking the Dreads

Use the pointed end of your rat-tail comb to pick your loc from the bottom, up. Add warm water to maintain moisture within the hair. Continue this process until you’ve completed your first section. Please note, you will not retain the exact length of your dreadlocks.

It is completely normal to experience shedding. Work up the dreadlocks one-half inch at a time, spraying your hair with the conditioner water if it starts to dry.

#5 Remove Knots

Once a section is complete, use a regular comb to remove knots and shredded hair. Massage a good-quality deep conditioner through each dreadlock you are working upon. The more conditioner you use, the better your dreads will be.

To remove the knots, use a mixture of hot water and conditioner in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle properly to mix both the ingredients.

Quick Tip to Remove Dreadlocks

Detangling and removing dreadlocks can take more than a few days, depending on your length of dreads. Every time you clean, wash & condition your locs, the dreadlocks removal process will get simpler and fast. It’s suggested to start every sitting with another washing and conditioning. Ask the help of friends or expert locticians to make the process faster.

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