Nope, curls are curls.

Dreads are a style that anyone can wear practically with any hair-type. Although today most people with dreads wear manicured locs as many of them are corporate professionals and the old-school political wild-man locs ala Rob Zombie or Bob Marley would not play in the office.

I like the clothes they let the clients pick out, but I hate the hair-style portion. It's always about what the stylist wants to do to their hair as opposed to if the client wants to keep their lenght or NOT have their hair colored, etc... And while sometimes it works out, he has never not cut a significant amount of someone's hair... But, dreads are like any other low-maint. hairstyle, they still require periodic maintenance (every 8-12 weeks once locks have set) to keep tham looking neat and well groomed.

Pretty celebrity dreads (these examples were in another post about ethnic hair discrimination by Law Enforcement Admin towards their patrol officers/employees):

Lisa Bonet
Eric Benet
Omar Wasow

ETA: I'm surprised that they didn't try to take the dreads down first to some extent without just lobbing them off to the new growth. It takes a loooong time if you have a lot of hair, but dreads can be undone and some salons even offer the service (they use conditioner and a special long straight pin for the hair that kind-of looks like a knitting needle)... The larger the loc, the easier it is to take down without cutting. Some people have their locs taken down every few years or so.

I agree that rancid dreads need to be taken down and started from sctatch if you just want a loc style, as you have to have good hair hygiene to have good looking dreads. But I'm still disappointed that he didn't even try to have her locs professionally removed (but they have no problem putting chemicals on the hair or bleached highlights) It just shows you that some stylists still do what's easy as opposed to putting in the actual work and saving the clients length.

**It's too bad that she let herself and her hair go like that. It's no excuse to not periodically cleanse and condition your hair, regardless of the style.

But I think they could have given her a clarifying treatment if her hair was really gross and then tried to undo them as much as possible (himself or have a dread specialist evaluate it) before hacking away. And as they have a make-up artist consultant and sometimes will bring in an outside colorist, I think if dread-removal is something that is outside of his speacialty as a stylist, it would have been very easy for the show to have a dread removal consultant on that episode just as they have had colorists on to deal with complicated color issues or anything else. And aslo to consult with her about hair hygiene as everyone noted that her friend's dreads were very pretty and manicured like hair should be in general with minimum maintenance effort.

But, if nothing else I do believe that it showed that sometimes when stylists are out of their depth, they wack your hair off to avoid putting in the extra work involved in trying to atleast save a few inches or so.

While dreadlocks are a popular favorite because they are a low maint style, once locs have set (which can take 6 months or so ) they still have to be deep conditioned (bi-weekly), and the new growth has to be groomed/re-palm rolled) (every 2-3 months or so) for general neatness.

But, they can be taken down.

It just takes a long time (and that needle thingy to actually undo/unravel the loc). I have an acquaintance who takes hers down herself (with the help of her daughter) every 4-5 years. She has a lot of hair, so it usually takes 3-5 days to do her whole head (But a professional team can prob do it in less than a day depending on how much hair you have). Then she does a protective deep cleansing and conditioning treatment with her hair in plait sections and wears it out for a couple of weeks before having it re-locked. Hers are really pretty, from a distance they look like twists (or maybe individual braids) kind of like Lisa Bonet's hair in Enemy of the State but a smidge bigger, prob. about the size of two pencils, so they're easier to take down than the really teeny tiny needle thin ones (called sister locks?).

HTH!