December 12th, 2010
This coming April I will have had my dreads for four years. I have LOVED them, and in recent years they have really blossomed.
That said, they are friggin ridiculously heavy. I love to swim too, and as I'm sure many of you know, wet dreads weigh 10x more. I can hardly hold my head up in the pool these days.
This is mostly a question to those of you who have made the cut before. What were the pros and cons to combing them out? For the last year or so I have been seriously considering it.
I get mixed reactions. A lot of my friends hate the dreads, but even more love them. I've had them for so long that most of the people in my life haven't ever seen me without them (save for old pictures). I know that at the end of the day it's a purely personal decision, and I have to do what I feel like doing...but getting rid of them is just so permanent. I'm afraid I'll do it and then regret it, I guess.
I'm just at a new stage in my life. I'm leaving my home town on my own, for the first time in my 20 years on earth. I'm leaving behind all of my furniture and EVERYTHING. Just starting fresh in a new town, on the beach and going to a new college. And part of me is just sick of ALWAYS standing out. I'm a very shy person by nature, and having dreads has really forced me out of my shell...but I am so sick of being cat-called by random dudes by the line "HEY DREADSSSS!" And mostly, I just can't stand ALWAYS standing out.
You know, those mornings when it's like 10am and I just went to go get some milk, and somebody wants to ask me a million damn questions and talk to me, while I'm still trying to wipe the sleep out of my eyes. I guess I'm just ready for a change, but I want some external validation.
So, for those of you who have cut their dreads off: How did it feel? Was there any regret?
It feels a lot better like this tbh. I'm keeping the back bottom ones long, and probably going to keep the outer and upper layers trimmed because it just sits nicer and is easier to tie back etc than when they are all the same, long length. So much lighter too! And hats are more comfortable.
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