I concur with Bryce and Faye with their experience and I sleep all over my head. It is freaky because my hair will look good and encouraging but then throughout the course of the day the knots that were in earlier in the day slip out and smoothe by the end of the day. I do a little twisting and ripping, and it is doing good, but then by morning, it will have smoothed out again.
Of course to qualify I am still waiting onthe dread shampoo that I ordered from www.dreadlockshampoo.com last week, but I am trying to go longer between washes, I did the salt spray a couple nights ago and by the end of the night my hair had the george kastanza "shrinkage". It looked likecooked then dehydratedspaghetti. (except a little thicker...maybe i should sayfetticine)..My hair shriveled which i thought was a good sign. I rinsed out the sea salt, (careful not to mess with my hair) and by the next morning smooth silky hair (except for the one lonely dread that i had twisted and ripped and placed a small metal ring around (its actually for jewelry making but about an 1/8" in diameter).I did not despair, I went to school, lightly put a scarf round my head and by last evening when I got home I was psyched because it looked good again.Even my husband said "you look good your hair is taking". (which is a major concession considering his views---he's making progress; my hair is not.)
This morning I looked pretty scuzzy and knew I desparately needed a wash, (had been three days)I was tempted to leave it but I remember reading what S.E. wrote about dreads not forming on unclean hair, so so I washed it and patted it clean (careful not to lather) and when I got out of the shower I was psyched by how knotty my hair was. I didn't touch it, I threw on my clothes and headed off to school knotty hair and loving it. Got to school, hair had dried during my45minute transit to school, and the "smoothe fairy" had had her way with my hair on the way to school..I hadsmoothe, silky, albeit wavy, hair.
It seems as if the hair is separating. There are sections, (though no knots) except for the smooth back.I have not used a brush for nearly a month, I havent even styled my hair, other than to lightly clip it during those moments of vanity...which are getting fewer and far between.
So, the question is: does the hair go into that phase where it is separated (looking kind of stringy/greasy) and smoothe just before it starts knotting? I view the pictures that people post and many of those who have "2 week" and "10 day" dreads look amazing. I am definitely neglecting my hair, am I being too impatient?
Thanks for posting Bryce and Faye. Peace.