I wound up with maybe an inch of hair left. To tell you the truth you're going to be very surprised with what you find in your dreads when you cut them! I found confetti from a New Years 2 years prior to cutting them!! Basically you can gage how much hair you't have left by how much play you have between your scalp and where the knotting starts on the dread. I would not try to save any part of where the knotting starts. There will be a heavy concentrate of flacky oily scalp right there. Give your hair a fresh start. It's very awkward and naked feeling going from a heavy load powerful head of hair to so bare. But it is also very freeing and liberating. You will just trip out the first time you get your head wet and have nothing to squeeze.
Its a strange trip cutting your locks off. I cried and celebrated all at once. We lined them all out on a table and it looked like we just harvested some major buds!! I got to really see them all for the first time. I held them all in my hands and just shoved them into my face and sniffed. They still smell awesome to this day.
So when I got home from cutting them off my Dad made me cry so hard...he said oh my god you look like a boy! Our dog at the time hadn't known me with out dreads and was afraid of me! My mom of course told me I was beautiful! She kept asking me to cut my hair that short over and over again as I was growing my hair out. Another very honest point worth making is that I went through a stage of paranoia. I was afraid that lesbians would think I was lesbian and I wouldn't know what to say if they came on to me. I was also afraid boys would think I was gay too and not be interested in me. Very stupid and I am by no means homophobic. I love all people
... I sometime wish my husband was a woman!
What to do with them when they're off. I had a very special friend who was a major part of my life through out my growing period. My parting gift to our relationship was a lock. There was also a very special little boy that came into my life during the growing period..my 1st nephew and he has one too. As I mentioned before I plan to bury the rest, with these and my son's placenta. To be honest I had been fearful of voodoo witchcraft attacks against me with my hair. Don't get me wrong I don't have any enemies. I just know and feel locks are a very powerful magical thing. Maybe I'll make a magic wand out of one for my son out of this set!!