Hairs getting messy!
updated by @joey5: 01/13/15 09:34:01PM
I'm a few months ahead of you with a mix of twist and rip and natural. You're right on schedule for the "worst" of it. :D. They'll really start tightening up soon enough. The dreads I twist and ripped are getting quite solid now at 7 months in.
I try to limit my separating to once a week unless I notice something serious happening. If you are worried about separating watch Baba's video on the subject.