It was a sorta crazy experience - and I feel much better after it all.
It took about a week to comb out all of my dreadies... and when I was done the hair was down to my knees! Unfortunately my new digi cam did not arrive prior to the salon visit to fix up the do. However it did arrive after!
After the salon:
If you're curious to know just how much hair one human loses over the course of 4 years... click here and here. I warn you - it's pretty funky - all that hair weighs 6.5 ounces.
One thing that weirded me out about the whole experience.... your dreads are never REALLY clean. I must have been the number one clean freak obsessed person with locks, and maintained my like a psycho and did deep cleaning weekly for over 3 years. While combing them out the sheer amount of dead skin that gets trapped in them in enough to make anyone faint.
Sometimes I miss the dreads, but then I really don't. I feel like as I combed each one out another crappy experience I'd been carrying with me over the years melted away. I feel free.
Maybe I'll be back to my dreads in the years ahead, but I have a feeling it won't be for a while. :-)