there are people that believe you can take out ANY locs. i do not. i cut my traditional locs and i would cut these. it's not a temporary style. if you go on youtube there are a few girls that have taken down sisterlocks, a few. check them out. it takes weeks. for me it would NOT be worth it!!!! plus after 25 hours to install, i don't see the point. my life got a LOT easier with sisterlocks. get up and go! everyday!!! sisterlocks are ideal because they can be styled and/or cut in lots of ways due to their smal size.