This is a post that is very dear to me, and part of a new beginning that I’d like to share with you.
I had been growing my locs for 10 years, and over the past year had toyed with the idea of removing them. I was beyond thrilled when on one of my many youtube binges (you guys know those), I watched the video of a girl who had picked out her locs because she wanted to start over but keep some length. Say what? You mean I didn’t have to shave my head and start ALL over? I could keep some length to work with? SUH-WEET! So, I did some research and found Knotty Boy who specializes in various products for locs – one of them being an Emergency Dreadlock Removal Kit. From there I did more research and bookmarked the page for when I was ready.
Fast forward a year, and I was ready. Like never more ready. Emotionally, spiritually, mentally…. and basically every other adverb that would describe how ready I was. My mind was made up. It was a tough decision because after all it had been ten years. In the ten years my hair had grown to my butt, and then recently I started trimming it. Hmmm…That was a sure sign that I was ready. I had never before been interested in putting scissors to my hair and here I was trimming away.
I went ahead and ordered the kit, and when it arrived the reality set in. DUDE – I was going to remove my locs!
I chose the long weekend to start this process, because I knew it would be just that… a process….
- Soak the hair for ten minutes or more. The instructions said to sit in a bath and soak the hair, but really I didn’t want to. So I leaned over and soaked my hair in a bowl filled with a hot water, baking soda and apple cider vinegar mixture to remove some of the buildup. From clear water to….
- Wash with the Knotty Boy Dreadlock Removal shampoo with white grapefruit & hemp seed oil. I did notice that the shampoo left my hair feeling verrrry stripped of any gunk, so that was impressive. And boy did it smell heavenly.
- Lather up each loc with Dreadlock Damage control Deep conditioner with prickly pear & aloe and pick with a sharp “tool”. I tried a thumb tack which took a long time then moved up to a giant safety-pin. A crotchet needle would have been great! “Picking” basically is unravelling/undoing each loc from the tip and working up.
- I had a spray bottle handy with water to keep hair damp while completing the ordeal… I mean process. Keeping the hair damp keeps it manageable.
- As I progressed, the hair broke off and I ended up with half of what I started. This was expected.
- By the end of Day 2, I had done the lower half of my head. Sigh. Shoutouts to Ash who survived picking half of one then threw in the towel as she almost had a mental breakdown because of how daunting the process was. BUT it’s a Good thing I started at the back, because I had to go to Easter Sunday mass with my hair pulled back in a… ahem… low ponytail. Thankfully God doesn’t judge!
- On Day 3 when my niece took over, we started cutting them in half to speed up the process. We were still able to save some length this way. She blazed right through the top part like a superstar! Bless her heart.
- There was a lot of buildup due to products that had been used over the years and not washed out completely so it gets messy. Once all locs were removed, I looked like a crazy lady!
- I once again conditioned and combed through to remove all the buildup then I started looking like a normal person again.
OMG YOU GUYS…. It was the most tedious process EVER. Because I had mature locs, it took *f-o-r-e-v-e-r* to even get through one. All in all, I really didn’t need to order the kit from Knotty Boy, though it smells GREAT! Any regular shampoo/conditioner would have done. But it doesn’t matter because I’m just glad I was able to keep some length to play around with.
Next up, I can start experimenting with different products until I find the right process or what I’ll call my Hair Niche. I’m looking forward to it! There is so much more offered on the market than the last time my hair was this length. This of course, means reviews will follow on the products I try. However, you can’t go wrong with virgin coconut oil. It seals is moisture and gives your hair a great shine.
Here’s to new beginnings!
Thanks for reading! I know many would question why someone would cut all that hair etc, but you have to do what works for you… ya feel me?