f its like an inch connected..and not completely solid then by all means separate
once its solid its best to leave alone
again if its a few inches, and rather solid ..and way too thick ..its a judgement call you can separate with as little harm possible if done with extreme care and surgical precision .. but i don't recommend that ever for entire dreads, and always recommend that as a last resort and starting over by gently combing out and allowing smaller sections to dread is ofcourse preferable
i understand people years in not wanting to start over ..even 1 or 2 dreads
but you have to look at the total damage and the length of the section being damaged'
a couple inches compared to the entire dread length...
i really hesitate to recommend separation of anything that's solidly locked together.. even if its just an inch or 2 i say starting overs best but if you cant ..heres how to minimize the harm...
but if its an entire lock.. i don't think theres any justification for that level of harm... 10 years dreading might come close.. but cutting off 8 years growth at the same time eliminates that justification altogether
cutting 8 years growth and splitting many into 3 or more..she should have just started over a whole new set and keot them a lil more controlled if that was her desire
27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 9 feet long