Welcome. Eagle's right about wax. It NEVER washes out in normal soap and water. Wax is a hydrocarbon. That means it needs a detergent to clean it out. For as long as the wax is there, water and moisture will get trapped allowing mold/mildew to grow in your hair. Eventually they can begin to rot and cause severe problems.
Also, what are you washing with? Just dunking them in the ocean doesn't clean them
welcome unfortunatly its not enough to stop using wax its still in there even 5 years later and is pure evil u must remove it asap to save your dreads
welcome already looks like its on its way
Welcome to the community for healthy dreads Nicole. The dreaducation section near the top of the site will get you off to a great start for your journey....Peace
Welcome. As long as you keep your hair washed 2-3 times a week, not brushing is exactly how locks form