I’m dead serious please don’t laugh
You can take them out, use conditioner. A lot of it. If you have beads or bands take them out. Section your hair off little by little. Lather your dreads in conditioner and slowly and softly pull the apart with your fingers from the bottom of your dread, up! You can use a wide tooth comb but be gentle. If you’re confused look it up on YouTube. I’ve taken mine out before.