I've been learning not to play with my hair so much, but I don't think I've yet learned when to separate and when to just leave them be. After a few days of trying not to touch them, some loose hair starts to get caught up together with other dreads. Once, I let a dread in the back go for several days and it got super congoed and I had to cut a little bit of it with scissors. Do I just let that mess in my first example tangle for a while and worry about the separating after like a week or two (and possibly have them way too tangled up), or should I keep up with it a bit more? I'm trying to balance that line and figure out if my dreads are taking so long to form cuz I don't give them a chance to tangle, or if it's just my hair type. I guess I'm also asking if that's how dreads form, by tangling with the help of nearby dreads, or if they should be doing that by themselves?
When to separate?
Currently the mess I mentioned has one or two dreads, some loose hair, and a section or two that haven't started locking yet, but it seems like the hair/dreads next to it are keeping the sections folded enough that they may start locking if I leave it all alone, but I'm not sure how long to wait to separate. I do seperate dreads that have started, but this type of thing is sorta new for my hair.. maybe it's the next stage in my hair's sloooow process. ;p