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Coming into the 3rd week now
I guess I'd better write something, rather than just lurking around!
Here's my natural/neglect experience so far - pictures are already in my albums, and I'll look at how to post them here for future entries. I stopped brushing in the second week of July, and have been washing every 3 days with BS and using ACV with EO or tea rinses. I had been no-poo for maybe 6 months already, so my hair was pretty healthy, shiny and tangle-free to start with...
Progress has been stop and start, and I have had to let go of expectations. Just when I see the knots coming, it's time to wash and they tend to mostly fall out. But today I found a real baby forming! I had to separate it from another section, as it was too wide and thin to allow, but it was pretty knotty before that. It is good to see some more concrete action beyond the separation and frizz. Also, I keep getting the ends caught on things, because there are little knots in there which did not exist before. The ends are looking skinnier by the day, which I assume is a good sign.
I am trying to avoid beads and other "helpers" for now, but occasionally add a little salt water before a shower, since I'm not near the beach to take a dip. I want to see what my hair will do on it's own, and it's a nice test of willpower. I separate the sections, because I definitely want to have some control over that, being a business owner and needing a somewhat groomed appearance.
Another point I wanted to write (to get it out of my head and recorded), is that I am not interested in calling these "dreadlocks" (I don't care what you call them, though!). It just doesn't feel like the right word for me. Nor does jata or even just locks. I guess something will evolve over time as they start to show up.
I am really enjoying looking at everyone's photos and reading all the forum and blog posts - thank you for sharing your experiences, and answering so many questions.