About six months ago, maybe longer, I posted a topic about combing out my dreads. I think almost every single response was negative and stated it was impossible because my dreads were too tight, i didn't wash my hair enough and because i crocheted them a bit.
I had 27 dreads. I had crocheted them, not washed them and pretty much did not take too much care of them except for when I was crocheting them together. They were in for about a year and were locked pretty well.
It took a little over a month of strict determination and a pick comb.
I grabbed some apple cider vinegar and washed it everyday for about two weeks prior to beginning the process. Also used coco butter as a natural conditioner. It was surprisingly easier to comb out with dry hair. Some dreads took nine hours, others took as little as forty five minutes.
Yes, I miss them but my neck feels so much better. I may do it again just because I now know that I can comb them out, who knows. I ended up inspiring a friend to comb hers out, she had them in for three years. She was also successful.
When I got a haircut the stylist was surprised at how healthy my hair turned out to be after so much wear n' tear.
It can be done. I was thinking the entire time, "what takes longer, waiting for your hair to grow out or combing these damn things out?!"
updated by @jenna: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM