Before I get thrown under a bus here, let me weave you a story (pun intended). I've wanted dreads for a very long time but have never actually jumped in and tried it.... til now. My hair is around 10 in long and extremely curly - like 1cm diameter spring curls. If I pick it, it grows into a massive afro. Amazingly unique hair, but I wanted dreads! I'm usually a very cautious person doing an insane amount of research before jumping into anything serious (I just spent 8 hours researching hotels for a wedding I'll be going to.... I'll need the room for 2 nights and will pretty much just be sleeping there). So, for one of the very first times in my life I just jumped right in and went to a salon, got a quote, and let the dread my hair.
It was advertised as an all natural, chemical free process. I didn't realize they were using a crochet hook. I didn't know it was a bad thing, until I started doing a bunch of research all over the dread forums.
So - here's my question. Is there any turning back? Are my dreads going to be in a constant state of frizz for 3 months, at which time I'll go in for a repair appointment, they'll look nice for a week, and then back to the frizz?
Or, is there something I can do to help the along? I've done a lot of searching on the forum and while there is an immense amount of information on how bad crocheting is, no one has offered any real *help on the subject. Or - are my new baby crocheted locks doomed?
Thanks for your help, and thanks for not making me feel like more of an idiot than I already do.
*I did see some people mention aloe or gently conditioning the to loosen them up so they can start dreading naturally.
updated by @felicity-day: 01/13/15 09:56:07PM