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Ok, I don't know why I didn't look at your pics again. So you crocheted. i can see it already. The best bet would be to get some jojoba oil, and massage it into your locks. This will help loosen them up and make them easier to separate. If you try to separate them as they are, it will do serious harm. You need to get them looser first
That's really massive. Granted, I'd love to have a few that big. But that's me. I'm a sucker for fat locks.
If they are that big, you could easily make 4-6 out of just 1. How mature are they? I've got a few videos on my page that show how to separate locks. If you could send me a pic, I could help a little better. if they are mature down to the tip, it might be easier to start ripping from the root-down. if you can separate them at the tips, it'll be best to rip from the tip-up
16 will cause them to be REALLY fat. I have something like 23, and the fattest ones I have are pretty big. They need a lot of extra care to help them dry.
If they aren't old, you can to separate some of the biggest ones. If the section is bigger than 1 inch, it can be separated into 2 or even 3 smaller ones
hopefully you only crochetted once to start..but even so its going to take 6 months to begin to dread right and over a year to lose the harsh crochetted look
Welcome. Starting with the crochet hook is not the most terrible thing in the world. It does severe damage, that won't be able to fix itself, and it will delay progress by, a minimum, of 6 months. But if you throw away the hook after that, you will be fine. Continuing to crochet is where most people make the biggest mistakes. There is absolutely no "safe" way to crochet locks. I know some videos and sites say otherwise, and that some places say they sell crochet hooks "designed" for locks. There is no crochet hook designed for locks. They are designed for yarn and other thick fibers. Hair is not one of them. Every time a crochet hook passes through locks, it rips hairs into smaller and smaller pieces. This weakens locks, making them brittle and fragile. Over time, they can become so weak that they can't support their own weight.
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Welcome. So you went all natural?