Wool is coarse. So it tends to help make your hair frizzy, promoting knots
Natural locks take, on average, 1-2 years to mature. So you won't see that much going on right away. They look perfectly normal for 3 months. Better than mine did at that stage.
Just keep doing what you're doing and they will come together soon enough.
They already look like you've got some sectioning going on.
Thanks Heather. I've been waiting for you to join.
Tim: When I first used DLS and noticed residue, it was a tacky, sticky gunk that I could feel as my hair was drying. When I squeezed a lock, grey goo was all over my fingers. It's nearly impossible to miss. But after I started using more soap in my washes, I haven't seen or felt any residue
Because of the damage that crocheting did, brushing them out to start over will probably do more damage than good. Thee are a lot of broken hairs in your locks already. Brushing will only break more and pull all of those hairs out. If you just loosen up your locks with aloe or jojoba oil, they will start to recover faster. Then they will be able to start locking. Also, I think I can see rubber bands in at least a few of the tips of your locks. Take them out. Bands will only do more damage. They squeeze your locks too tight, creating weak spots that never heal. They also get sucked into your locks where they dry-rot and grow mold. Plus, bands at the tips of your locks prevent locking.
After that, wash 2-3 times a week with a good residue-free shampoo. The BS/ACV wash is great in soft water. But it doesn't rinse out well in hard water. Dreadlockshampoo.com is the best for any water type
I've used it a number of times. It's great stuff. Like Eagle said, it doesn't leave any residue on your hands. It's completely water soluble. So when you wash your hair, it just disappears. If you use a lot and blow dry your hair, it does get a little stiff. But it softens up in no time. You won't even notice it's in your hair
I've never heard of a waterproof hat. But there might be something. I spent 3 weeks in Ireland last year and it rains daily there. In that case, I was using a hair drier almost every day. If you do, set it on the coolest it can go, and don't blast your hair for long periods. Just do a series of short bursts once in a while. You should be ok.
I had a big problem with the dreadlockshampoo soaps leaving residue when I first started using it. I found myself having to hop back in the shower and rinsing again and again. Then Eagle and Vicki mentioned that I was probably not lathering up enough. Since then I started using a little more shampoo. Or, when I use the bar, scrubbing more. I haven't had a single problem with residue.
I'd be that that's your problem. Try using more soap next time. It may seem counterproductive. But it does work.
lol. I'm a bio major. And have taken enough chem classes to know about super saturation of solutions. And even then, I didn't know about how BS would mix in hard water until I came here.
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