How to detangle dreadlocks
It’s not for the faint of heart to untangle dreadlocks. It takes a lot of time and patience, as well as multiple conditioner bottles. You can comb out your dreadlocks and preserve the majority of your length if you stay with it. Working on one dreadlock at a time is the best way to go, and you should be careful with your hair at all times. If everything else fails, you may always go to a salon that specializes in non-shaving dreadlock removal.
Prepping Your Dreadlocks
1. Remove any old dreadlocks sections. It will be more difficult to disentangle a section of your dreadlock that is older. Remove any dreadlocks that are beyond their prime. This will make untangling the newer lengths much simpler.
- Dreadlocks that are more than four years old are often regarded far more difficult to remove. Up to half of the length of old dreadlocks may need to be removed.
2. Wax and grease should be washed away. Rinse off any wax, grease, or other substance you’ve been using to keep your dreadlocks in good shape. Shampoo and condition your hair thoroughly with a commercial conditioner or a moisturizing oil.
- Both jojoba oil and coconut oil are excellent hair conditioners.
3. Soak your hair for at least 10 minutes in hot water. You want to get your deadlocks as moist as possible before you start untangling them. In a bathtub filled with the hottest water you can bear, lie down. Allow your dreadlocks to soak for at least 10 minutes and up to thirty.
4. Combine a bottle of water and a bottle of conditioner. Fill a spray bottle one-quarter full with a very slippery conditioner, then top it up with hot water. To combine the contents of the bottle, screw on the spray head and shake it vigorously. As your dreadlocks dry out throughout the untangling process, use the bottle to re-wet them.
Combing out Dreadlocks
1. One dreadlock at a time should be worked on. It takes a lot of time and attention to comb out a dreadlock. You’ll need to work on one dreadlock at a time, rewetting and soaking each one as needed. Working on more than one dreadlock at a time is not recommended.
- If you’re not actively working on your dreadlocks, clip them back. Use a separate clip to draw back your unlocked hair and keep it separate from the region you’re working on after it’s unlocked.
2. Make sure your dreadlocks are in good shape. Apply conditioner or conditioning oil liberally on your dreadlocks. To the touch, your hair should be sleek. You don’t need to apply a specific conditioner in this scenario. The best choice is to use an inexpensive drugstore conditioner.
- To finish this procedure, you’ll probably need many bottles of conditioner.
- Alternatively, some salons offer a dreadlock removal treatment that may be used in lieu of conditioner to make combing your hair simpler.
3. Pick out the dreadlock’s end using a rat-tail comb. Slowly and carefully pluck off the end of your dreadlock using the tail side of a rat tail comb. Reapply conditioner as needed, along with the conditioning water spray. Work your way up the dreadlock’s length until you reach the roots.
- Using a crochet hook to work out your dreadlocks may be more convenient. The procedure is the same as with a comb, although you may have greater control with the hook.
4. Using an ordinary comb, comb out your untangled dreadlocks. Brush out your freshly unlocked hair with a standard or wide-toothed comb. Work your way through the lesser knots until you can comb your hair without resistance.
- Keep your hair moist and silky when combing it out by using your water and conditioner mix as needed.
Caring for Unlocked Hair
1. Hair should be washed. You’ll need to wash your hair again once you’ve fully freed each dreadlock. Use your favorite shampoo and conditioner to wash and condition your hair. Use any salon or alternative items you regularly use for this wash.
2. Make sure you brush your hair. While your hair is still damp, brush it out with a brush or a wide-toothed comb one more time. Work on any lingering problem areas with care and gentleness. This will assist in removing any lingering knots and restoring the texture of your hair prior to the dreadlocks.
3. Any spilled ends should be trimmed away. Detangling dreadlocks may cause your hair to become frizzy and damaged. If you have the means, go to the salon and have any leftover split ends trimmed away by your stylist. Split ends may also be trimmed at home.