Aloe is great for making them look a little neater for a few hours. But in turn, it conditions your hair and will lslow down the progress. There is also a good locking gel from dreadlockshampoo.com. It works petty well and washes out easily in plain water. It even starts to degrade on its own in about 2 days.
As for the ones that are looser. That's normal. Locks go through a 2 step forward 1 step back process for about 6-8 months. Them loosening is a good sign. They are starting to tangle in a healthy way. Every time you wash they will loosen a bit and then tighten, then loosen again, and tighten. Once the damage from crocheting is done undoing itself, they will start to only tighten.
Welcome and Happy Dreading.
Always, Hippie Love
Time and patience. Those are the 2 biggies. Locks take time. About 1 full year until they are mature. There is no way to speed this up without doing major damage.
Washing regularly will help them lock faster. Use a good non-residue shampoo. Either Dr. Bronners (If you have soft water), or the stuff from dreadlockshampoo.com is best. Or you can do the baking soda/apple cider vinegar wash. Wash 2-3 times a week.
Don't mess with your hair. Try to not touch it with your hands, too. The more you touch them, the slower they tend to progress, from the oils on your hands and from you accidentally undoing knots.
I and many other members have found that sea salt soaks help a lot too. Soak your hair in a 3.5% salt solution no longer than 2 hours before you wash your hair. ALWAYS rinse out the salt. It will cause your hair to dry out and become brittle if you leave it in too long.
The reason to not crochet is that no crochet hook is designed for your hair. They are made for yarn. A strand of hair is thinner and weaker than a strand of yarn. The hook rips your hairs into smaller and smaller pieces which make your locks weaker over time. There have been many accounts of locks actually snapping off in places and even at the root from how many broken hairs there are and how overly tight they become.
no maintenance at all wash and seperate thats it seperte using the popping method
Welcome. Eagle's right about crocheting. Only felting is worse. Wax and other products can be scrubbed out. But the damage done by crocheting is permanent. It can heal itself to a point, but only by not crocheting. Every time you crochet it actually tacks on a few months to your progress. 1 session can delay maturity by up to 6 months.
welcome but crochets worse then any products its extreme damage and 1 of the worse things u cxan do to dreads
Your hair is beautiful! ! I am wandering,,because I do all the same methods as you- how do you do your acv rinse? I use about a capful in med. size bowl and pour over my head after bs wash and rinse after about a minute. But when I do the acv rinse my hair gets so soft it almost looks like my dreads unravel and come undne especially at the ends... I've had to re-t n r a couple. The sea salt spray I have is awesome thoughand i like the way they feel when I use it. anyway- your hair is gorgeous darling if you have any tips let me know!