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Hi Stephen, sorry about the late reply. My previous week was wrought with grief so I was pretty much AFK since last Tuesday.
Anyway, to answer you question about my hair, my dreads are currently in the 3rd month. One thing that I absolutely LOVE about my progress that I don't know if you are experiences with yours due to the maintenance of them, is the loops and zig-zags that are the beginning stages of that actually knotting. I definitely didn't get these the first time I had dreads (I used backcomb with wax the first time, this time just TnR and the occasional aloe.) I was using salt but stopped because my hair was knotting up fine without it.
My thoughts exactly, Val. It is up to you how you want to go about locking, but DHHQ and Knotty Boy are just business's that only want to make money, they don't care about your hair.
There is plenty of research out there, if you look. We have compiled tons of it here for ease of finding. Don't get stuck on the only way you think will work. Talk to people here and look at timelines and recovery forums for people who have done the same methods you have
I noticed that you put that wax and crochet hook work for your hair but are frowned upon. Do you know why they are frowned upon?
For 1, wax is not water soluble and can not be washed from the dreads unless you get a wax remover and do some vigorous scrubbing. The wax is also slick so the hair doesn't tend to actually knot up when it's used regularly. Does it not seem a bit counter productive to put a slick product in your hair and then do a sea salt soak to try and dry it out again? Just a thought.
With the crochet hook, are you using it to "weave" in loose ends or to felt the hair into a dread (run it in and out of the dread to force it to knot up?) With weaving the loose hair it really is unnecessary since the hair will either come back out a lot of times and if left alone will get sucked into a mature dreadlock over time. With the felting all you are doing is breaking the hairs and over time this can cause weakness in the dreadlocks to the point of breakage as well as cause your dreads to be super thin.
Anyway, it's fully up to the individual how they want to treat their hair but I figured I should speak up for those who advocate dreadlocking in a less "frowned upon" way. I would love for you to go take a look at the dreaducation pages as well as check out some of the timelines of the members and the recovery forums (in the recovery forums you can see some results of using wax as well as a hook after a long period of time and how the dreads ended up.)
seem to work wax creates an illusion of working but prevents dreading