A little under a month working on my dreads...just need some advice
So I'm a little under a month into dreading my hair...
My hair is about half way down my back (I'm 5'3") and I'm letting my dreads develop naturally. I use Dr. Bronner's (diluted 12:1) to wash my hair about every other day.
I sleep with my hair down and when I'm driving I have all my windows down to try and knot up my hair
My hair looks great, I love it. I have one pretty good dread starting to develop and I have one T&R dread that I made just to compare the maturation rate.
So my questions are...
1. I live near the PA/DE line and summer is starting to roll in. My hair is making me very hot so I've been just doing a simple braid down my back, does this retard the dreading process?
2. I touch my hair a lot, I just love how it feels - does this do anything to the process?
3. I'm worried about the one big dread that is developing, I know I will be able to split it but should I split it now or later?
4. For the dreads that are starting to form, I was thinking of putting some string/wrapping them just so they have a little containment and can start to form into a cleaner dread...does this sound like a bad idea?
*I'm loving this process. I think my hair looks so great when it's a big 'ole mess :D
I appreciate any help!!