How To Comb Out Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks have been in style for years and years now. It is a type of hairstyle that you see common in people who love reggae music or people who just want to be unique. Actually, dreadlocks are quite difficult to maintain. In fact, if you would not take care of them at all, you will end up with hair that’s ratty, frizzy and scary.

Taking care of dreadlocks is very time-consuming, especially after you wash it. You need to dry each of the dreads, and because of the nature of the hair it is hard to get it to dry out. In the end, you might get tired of taking care of your dreadlocks and decide to just comb them out. This article will teach you on how to comb out your dreadlocks the right way.

  1. Wash your hair by using residue-free shampoo. Make sure that you wash it thoroughly. The way to wash is to soak your dreads and put the shampoo on each dread, at the same time making sure you remove any wax that is attached. Then rinse each dread thoroughly.
  2. Use a conditioner. There are different conditioner brands and types, so it would be best to ask your salon what the best conditioner for your dreads would be. If you’re trying to cut back on your budget (because conditioners can be quite expensive), you may also ask what the best cheapest one would be.
  3. Now apply conditioner on every dread. Start at the back of your head, at the nape of your neck. If you have time, leave the conditioner on while taking a bath and let it soak into your head for as long as possible before rinsing it out.
  4. Before drying your hair, while it’s still wet, cut off the very tip of the dread where the knots formed a bit of a ball from being tucked back in.
  5. Before combing, make sure that you first pin down all the micro dreads that you have. Use a hair pin and gently work through each dread, one at a time.
  6. Now gently comb your hair and remove any excess strands. It’s going to be a little hard to comb your hair, so you need a bit of aggressiveness to do it. As some of the hair might be too knotted like shoe laces, you need to untie them first before combing through. Untangle each of the dreads and comb these out. Sometimes it will take 5 to 15 minutes to comb the hair out totally.
  7. If you have used wax on your hair, you must wet your hair first and wash your comb with hot water to get the wax off. The root would be tough to comb because it is well-matted and knotted, and will likely be very painful to pull on. If you have the main dread, save the last tangles at the base after you have combed out all of the dreads. Wash your hair thoroughly by the use of shampoo and conditioner. You may need to use conditioner for several days.
  8. Trim your hair after taking out the dreads. Your hair will often come out uneven, which is why you would need to trim it down. Now, you can get a new style and enjoy combing your hair smoothly.


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