To Cut or Take Down?
The first way to remove locs of course is to simply taking the hair clippers or go to the barber to do a big chop. This way is simple and takes less than 30 minutes to do.
From my personal experience, I didn’t cut my hair at all and took the time to take each loc out.
There were over 100 locs in my head so it took me a month to take it down only because at the time I was pregnant, full time grad school, full time job and part time internship. Whew felt like a lot just saying it
I had to only do it when I had time. Usually for people that have more time, it could take between 1-3 days.
So if you want to leave some hair or all your hair, there are some things to consider before taking down your locs. It’s been about a year since I cut my locs and there some things I had to consider before taking down my locs.
Take the time to assess the reason for wanting to cut your locs? Is it for a transition in life? Wanting a new style? Or is it just simply a thought you had but not sure if you want to follow through. Knowing exactly the reason for wanting to cut your locs helps you not to miss them too much afterwards. Also, make sure to assess whether you palm rolled or interlock throughout your journey. Palm roll technique is simply using your palms to twist your hair, this is easier to take out. However, interlocking (pulling the hair through itself in a rotating pattern) would be a little more difficult process but still can be done.
Now know that taking down locs takes time. It’s not a simple one day process if your locs are small and past your shoulders. As stated before it takes about 1- 3 days if you have a large amount of time to spare. If you’re in a situation I was in – where you have a lot going on – it can take even longer. You might be thinking Samantha what did you do daily to cover up your half loc/ half loose hair ? Unfortunately, I had to wear a hat or a head wrap for about a month because each weekend I had to take time to do my hair in sections. So, consider your schedule and the amount of time you have.
Patience is the key word in here because if nothing else, this process will teach you patience. If I learned nothing else from my past loc journey. Growing locs and taking down locs will teach you some patience. I mean for one loc it took me about 20-30 minutes to do depending on how matted and detangled the loc was. Try to find something to take your mind off the process like watching your favorite movies or shows whatever you can do to get through it.
Once you take your locs out, then what? Now you have to learn your loose hair all over again. Even though I was natural for about 3-4 years prior to getting locs, once I took all my locs out, I had no idea what to do with my hair. My first thought was to go to the salon and get a blowout – which is the picture below the first time I had my hair straightened when finished with the salon.
Once the time came where my blow out was a mess, I still was preventing having to take the time to learn my hair again. I had a weave put in right after my two week blowout. Nope, please don’t do that mistake…My scalp was so sensitive from all the tugging from taking the locs out and getting my hair straightened two days later. I immediately asked my husband to take it all out. Can you say waste of money?!! It took time for me to get to know my hair. A lot of ups and down but I’m here a year later and loving it
Have you thought about taking your locs down?