Howdy. I haven't posted here in years, forgot my old sign on so this is technically my first post. :) I mostly lurk.
I posted about 4 1/2 yrs or so ago as I was one of the ones that had my dreads done for me and had been taught all the wrong things and used wax the first few months as well as let someone "fix" my roots a couple times by crocheting. That was all within about 3-4 months or so after starting my dreads. I then found this site and took all the tips at getting the wax out which was great. I quit maintaining them and let them do their own thing, other than occassionally separating some. I kept them for 4 years but my dreads never healed, my roots kept twisting and I was afraid of eventual baldness so I cut them and combed them out about 7 or 8 months ago. I only did it because I want to start them over and start fresh.
So anyways, on to my new journey:
I haven't combed my hair in about 6 or 7 months, I was only using the BS/ACV method for cleaning, about 2-3 times a week, usually twice. I keep my hair down all the time. I was getting some clumpyness that looked as though they could eventually turn to dreads but as soon as I'd clean my hair they'd be gone. I read on here to try the Lockin' Up Liquid Shampoo from the shop which I bought along with the Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Spray. Sadly what teeny amount of progress I had before was washed away after using the shampoo and has not come back. My hair feels super soft and though I don't dare I know I can put a comb through it without much fuss. :( I did what I believe SE suggested and just used the shampoo on my roots and let it rinse down through my hair instead of scrubbing it in. I use the sea salt spray almost everyday. Not blaming those products at all, I would have loved them back when I still had dreads, smells amazing!!
Right now I'm at a loss and am getting a little sad at not having any progress whatsoever. My hair used to dread up like crazy when I was a teen, I have thick, coarse hair and there should be some progress at this point. Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated! I'm assuming I shouldn't be using this shampoo anymore, but am not sure what to use to clean my hair. Right now I'd say my hair is at stage 1, all progress lost and can be combed easilly. I'm hoping there's someone out there that has similar hair issues that can help.