I tried for years to get the right start on dreadlocks. I admired those who had long ones, and always wanted some of my own. In September of 2020, a few months after we moved to NC, I was able to find a local guy to give me a good start. Though my experience wasn’t great on a personal level, his skills were unmatched anywhere else.
Then, in March of 2021 I got human hair extensions added by a different person, a traveling loctician. She made my dreadlock dreams come true. Long, beautiful dreads and I was thrilled with them. Though, I must say, there was admittedly some adjustment to be made. It was hard to drive without my hair getting stuck between me and the seat. It was hard to sleep on “a pile of ropes,” and the weight of them, especially during washing, was crazy! But after a couple of months I was basically used to all of that. It would have been an easier adjustment if I’d just let them grow long on their own.
In May, my hair started to get the slight smell of wet dog. But I had been staying with a friend with several dogs, so I really didn’t think anything of it. However over the next month, the smell got worse and worse, until it wasn’t just a wet dog smell anymore. I asked around in Facebook groups of people who had had dreads for a long time. I took the advice of a few. I did soaks in baking soda. I did ACV rinses. I used different shampoos. I made sure to dry them faster. The smell WOULD NOT improve.
So I made the difficult decision to brush them out. I cut them where the extensions were added and planned to brush from there. I could see when I cut that there was mold in the middle of about 1/3 of the dreads I had. Once I had gotten that far I washed again and was just going to brush out my natural hair. But the knots were so tight and matured that it was next to impossible. Not to mention there was still mold further up into my hair. So I found the new growth at my roots and just cut there. Which left 2-3” of hair left.
I went to a salon and asked them to even out all of my hair to the same length since I’m not skilled at cutting my own hair. Naturally, when my hair is short it all likes to just stick straight up. I looked like a puff ball!! I hate that.
So today I went and got my hair styled. I have basically a mohawk, that will turn into an undercut pixie as it grows out. Of all the different things I’ve done with my hair, I’ve never tried this style. And I actually LOVE it! I’m considering adding some bright colors too, but I haven’t decided yet.
I’m sad to lose the dreadlocks, but this cut feels good too!
My advice for those wanting dreads (and for myself possibly in the future):
• Let them grow out on their own. Extensions really aren’t necessary.
• Dry them either in the sun and wind, or with a blow dryer, not just indoor air dry.
• Don’t use wraps! They hold soooo much more moisture!