Possible soap/dandruff buildup?
but with vicki's did you switch from liquid to bar
the liquid makes it dread fast but has sea salt which can dry the scalp
the charcoal deep clean can be usded all the time but does tend to dry the hair
i would skip the many puddin 1st off try that our that does not appear to have troublesomme ingredients but you do add it after every wash..
the shampoo looks ok unless its superfatted i would try 1 of vickis other bars just to rule that out
the puddin i would suspect the most
the more often you wash the faster they dread in general, so dont wait any longer then a week..but use a shampoo for dreads (not the mango lime crap)
dreads thicken as they mature so the thickness is just fine..leave em be
mine are natural but had 1 dread 1 mm by 2 mm and that ws 3 even thinner dreads combined yet dreaded fine and grew to over 4 feet long
even just 10-20 hairs could form a m,icro dread
if they are too thin they can combine when mature but till then trying to make them thicker might backfire and result in huge dreads
its up to you whether to start over or continue. but clearly never use the hook again!
once and done yes its a mistake but not fatal one. it will take tiime to recover but will still be ok
natural is best but does take care to prevent or accept huge dreads. choosing another option to have some controls fine but its still best to then leave them alone from then on. that way your not adding to the harm and they can remain as healthy as can be
dont beat yourself up for starting a less then optimal way. just treat them better from here on out
if dreading is spiritual or meaningful to you though you might want to start over naturally for that reason
fwiw, my 1st set had huge fat crazy dreads too. i separated this set early on alot more and glad i did
18 years in i stopped though almost entirely now only separate the already big ones, letting the rest congo andget fatter