Life after Locks
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Sure, here's a before and after! (sorry if they're massive)
The decision wasn't based on a single thing, and definitely wasn't a snap decision. Essentially having dreads perfectly framed a certain time in my life. That part is now over and I left like I needed to move on. Part of me is looking forward to not being defined by my hair any more but I will really miss the opportunity to change peoples ideas and preconceptions. It took several months to accept that I was even considering it and then another couple to build up to it. No regrets but then it's only really the 2nd full day without them!
I had dreads for 5 1/2 years and 2 days ago they were cut off. I still absolutely loved them but time for a change. They were cut to about 3 inches and then I sat with conditioner on for half an hour while me and my Mum teased them apart. I now have a short pixie hair cut
Obviously I can't comment on how it grows afterwards but I can't imagine it being too different, although the hair follicles will be more stimulated now what with more washing and brushing etc.
re: SE's "you will always dread again", way to over generalize! Yes a large proportion may, and yes a lot may want to but no, not everyone will redread.
I thought I'd add a picture of my hair from my wedding a fortnight ago. I know how hard it can be to decide on a style that shows off the dreads nicely while also looking elegant!
I know I'm biased but I LOVED my hair on the day! Hope this helps someone!
If you want to backcomb them I would recommend sectioning them a bit bigger than what you want them to end up because they will compact down as they mature
Your dreads are lovely! I fall into the same camp as you - started with backcombing and wax and keep bands at the roots to keep them sectioned. I actually waxed until about a year ago and stopped because I got lazy! But they feel lovely, have never had gunk coming out of them and I wouldn't change anything about them!
Thanks SE, I'm always worried about moulding :s when I say a while though I just mean like half an hour to get the excess moisture off, using a microfibre towel. But yeah if I wash them early enough I let them air dry, just don't like going to bed with a wet head!