Max had been growing his dreadlocks for the past nine years.
The process was long and difficult. He spent ages maintaining them, palm rolling them back and forth to keep the shape, and crocheting messy spots until, finally, he was happy with the look.
After nearly a decade of growing his hair, the boy’s dreadlocks hung to the middle of his back. The ends were bleached from time spent in the sun, but people couldn’t imagine seeing him any other way. Max’s mom, however, had been growing anxious for a change.
Although her son looked handsome with his dreadlocks, she wished (and even begged him) to get a haircut. She yearned to see her little boy’s face again after being hidden for years under his mop of heavy hair. No matter how hard she tried to persuade him, though, Max refused to bend— until one day, he was ready.
When Max finally decided he was ready to change his look, he recruited a barber to help him out.
He films the entire process in a time-lapse video— and, as you can imagine, nine-year-old dreads is a pretty arduous task. You see the barber get to work with his scissors, snipping each beloved lock. After every dread has been cut out, he buzzes Max’s hair into a short ‘do.
All that’s left for Max is surprise his mother with his brand-new new look!
In the video below, Max and his sister anxiously await his mother. When she finally arrives home and opens the door, the teen immediately runs up to greet her.
When his mom sees him for the first time, her jaw instantly drops.
She stares at him in wide-eyed disbelief and lets out a surprised “Aww!” Max’s sister giggles in the background, as the teen embraces his mom. You can tell by the mother’s voice, she’s holding back tears.
The mother spends a few seconds nestled into her son’s neck before making her way into the kitchen. In these few moments of interaction, the strength of their bond is clear. “What do you got to say about that, Mommy?” Max’s sister asks as the woman heads into the kitchen, But the woman is so emotional, she only whispers, “Please turn the camera off.”
Since being uploaded to Rumble, Max’s surprise makeover has been viewed more than 6 million times.
It’s always fun to see a drastic transformation— but the heartwarming surprise makes it that much better too. For the most part, people love Max’s new look. Comments on the video read:
“This kid is so beautiful. It’s not easy to let go of your dreads, especially after 9 years, but it’s also such a huge relief. Sweet mama.”
“Big improvement, dude. Made Mama happy.”
“I like the way you treat your mum. Massive respect bro.”
What do you think of Max’s new haircut? I personally think he can rock both styles, but this one looks a lot more conservative. Max’s mom was so emotional, we bet she’s still reeling from his new look. Regardless of the hairstyle in question, though, it’s nice to see such a heartwarming surprise.
Watch his mother’s reaction below!
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