i started out with less hair than you about the same thickness and texture though. i can see it slowly sectioning itself out on your head so thats getting somewhere, also be ready in a few months to a year or 2 down the line you will be asked questions about your hair and get comments good and bad on a rather regular basis depending where you are so just be ready for anything.
I've had a little detour. I've been washing about every 5-6 days, and last night I just couldn't stand the itchiness. I gave my hair a pretty good scrub, mostly at the scalp, with dreadlocks shampoo. Got it pretty soapy and rubbed shampoo all over. It felt much better, but I may have loosened some hair. It still has the curls and strands, which is great.
i need to stop twisting and pulling at it, there were a lot of hairs falling out when I scrubbed and I'm sure the directions I'm pulling aren't the same as my hair wants to go.
Since I feel less itchy, I'm going to start washing every 3 days or so. And renew my patience and restraint!
updated by @ceebenn: 08/27/16 03:27:12PM
I found that a lot of my chunks were getting twisty (esp when wet) and I decided to try and twist/rip a couple of them to see if they would stay. They actually did stay together and it feels like the other twists are getting more chunky. I might do a few more but I don't want to make a mess at the roots. I do have a bit of Sideshow Bob in the morning when they stick out straight.
the back has so many sideways chunks, I do wonder if I should grab them and twist them into shapes before it becomes one big ice cream cone. It looks pretty funky right now. Yesterday I wore a headband and just pushed the messy parts to the back.
Bad day. I know I overdid the twisting and ripping and started to get ahead of myself.
Today I had a headache from pulling on my scalp, and I was really wondering if I had done too much too soon. I felt like I would end up with a tangled mess just knotting itself up, and I couldn't seem to keep from making it worse by twisting the ends constantly.
so I have shampooed and rubbed pretty vigorously, and I'm basically untwisting the tangles that I put in. I'm not sure if the pieces will stay together or if it will be so bad that I just want to comb it or wiggle it all out. I'm frustrated.
updated by @ceebenn: 09/12/16 05:37:02PM
Thanks, I am going to slow down... I can tell my hair is chunky and dry enough to dread. Even now after undoing the straggles, it seems like it is ready to bunch up again.
<--- here it is this morning when I realized the crunchy knots were driving me crazy
I had wanted to see if it would hold a dread, and then afterwards it seemed easy to twist them in, until it got to be too chaotic.
(left) after I undid some of the knots
I think reading some of the online info about sectioning still has me confused. I really don't want a tangled knot mess. But to section, you then have to force knot/twist/scrunch into fake dreads.
<------- here it is after I pulled out some of the top twists that were dry, pulling the wrong way, and generally causing havoc
I don't feel too bad because it's short and needs some length to dread anyway. I guess my thinking was to see if I could encourage the twists to begin growing in a freeform way. Now I'm back to just waiting and letting this weird chunkiness and curls do what they want.
here is the back currently. Frizzy and chunky weird, ------->
im posting this for my own record and in case it helps someone with similar issues. 😊
updated by @ceebenn: 09/13/16 11:57:36AM