Lint caked in my dreads... :(
Help! Save My Dreads
Hello! I have now had my dreadlocks for two and a half years, and they are strong and beautiful. I have developed a bad habit of picking out the ends when I'm stressed or distracted, and now there is a considerable amount of straight hair at the end of each dread. While doing this, I have uncovered a large amount of blue and gray lint and little sticky places in my dreads. Every dreadlock has this lint in it...
When I first embarked on my journey years ago, I used Knotty Boy's lock gel-- a combination of hemp oil and aloe vera and good-smelling things. It had no wax in it and used natural substances, so I thought it was fine to use. Now I believe that this gel has remained in my locks, causing these little sticky spots, and had attracted all of this lint to my hair when I slept after applying the gel.
I feel that my beautiful dreadlocks are "dirty", with these fuzzy lint things being caked in them for years. People have commented that they have a bit of a musty smell, and I don't believe there is a way to remove the lint from my dreadlocks as they are now.
So... I have thought about cutting off my dreads and rocking the short hair look. I am also considering trying to take my dreads out, and start a new set fresh. My question is, what is a safe and natural way to remove dreadlocks? IS there actually a way to get the lint out? And can we spread the word that this "locking gel" is no good? Thank you for your advice.
updated by @devon: 01/13/15 10:00:15PM