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Hello! I wasn't able to upload a photo on this post, but I just uploaded one on my profile so you can see how my hair currently looks. Sorry, back of head shots are hard for me lol. Anyway, my question is, do my draeds look remotely how they should? I know there's no "right way" for them to look, but I feel like for 4 months maybe they don't look real great, or look like they've done much. I do need to add that I put them in by backcombing, and for the first couple weeks I crocheted like a mad woman. I also used wax in the beginning too. After realizing how damaging the wax and crochet is, I stopped. I totally understand it will take a while to recover, but do they at least look sorta how they should, considering? Or am I doing something waaay wrong? I wash every othet day with bs and acv rinse, followed by a final leave-in solution of water and perppermint oil and lavender drops. I palmroll once in a while, but not much because I don't really mind the lumps. Some root-rubbing, but not much. Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you! :)

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do not root rub!

palm rollings not nesacary either

the crochet and wax slow profgrsss aklot so its not surprising your not seeing any

have you done wax removal/ that should be ti[op priority other then that dont do nothing dont work on them (except to seperate)

thats all

Everyone's hair dreads differently, so it's hard to say whether or not they look like they should, but what I do know is that if you keep patient and try not to worry about it and give it time, it'll work itself out. Crocheting puts itself right after a while, and wax...well, wax needs a great deal of effort to remove it, so keep trying with that just in case. But don't bother with palm-rolling or anything; the more you touch them, the more you're trying to "fix" them, which means they're on your mind in an insecure way. Try not to even look at them or worry about them. When you look at them after a long time of ignoring them, you'll notice the progress and feel happy :)

Okay, thanks you guys! I've tried removing the wax with hot water, but not with the dish soap, so I should probably get to doing that. And I know I shouldn't root rub, but I get nervous that my dreads' roots will get really long, with dreads hanging off the ends lol. I've seen pic of some people whose dreads have like 3 or 4 inches of smooth hair at the root. Not that that's a bad thing, I just don't want my roots that long...

buuut, I'll stop the root rubbing :)

they will get thast long and need to fior the 1st few mionths then they tighten up on their own  u got to let them tighten on their own

Alrighty! I'll leave them be, except the separating! Thank you! :)
Also, how can I tell if the crochet damage is beyond repair? Some of my dreads just feel kinda dead, if that makes sense lol

well beyond repair? crochet damage is beyond repair  from the mommebnt you 1st crochet  broken hairs dont repair but beyond recovery is a diferent story

if they are so weak they break easily is really the mainfactor.. the esxtreme tighteness should loosen they should getmore flexzible and "naturalize"  slowly

okay yeah they're a lot more flexible and flowy looking now than they were right after I crocheted them. And they all feel pretty sturdy, as far as breaking off goes. I think they've definitely loosened a lot. They've got some crazy looping going on, which I'm hoping is a sign that the crochet is working its way out? The ones underneath are getting shorter and bulkier and pretty tight now, so that's encouraging. The ones on top are still kinda scraggly though, but I know that's to be expected.

looping is a sign they are recovering nicely so yea yor  doing fine

Yay! Lol that's very good to hear! Thanks for the help!

how do they feel "dead"?

it's kind of hard to explain. Just kind of limp and dull looking, and they feel kinda dry. The ones in the back and underneath seem to be coming along nicely, it's just the ones that are in the front and on the very top that feel this way. Any suggestions on getting them to progress the way my back ones have? I'm assuming it's because there's more friction in the back.

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