I started twist and rip dreads on Sunday, it's been 6 days and they are progressing nicely. I put beads in them, and wear a wool tam most of the day and night. The ones in front are long and awesome, but the ones in back are desperately trying to become one giant 3" wide dread. I pop them apart as soon as I get up in the morning, before I go to bed, and 3-4 times during the day, but almost immediately they start tangling up again. I just washed them for the second time and they are almost solidly matted into a single wad. I separated them immediately before washing.
Is there anything I can do to keep the root separated even for a little while? I figure I would have to separate them a few times a week, but 6+ times a day is a bit much.
updated by @rachel-maness: 02/14/15 03:31:59AM