Best parts: Not combing hair is great, scalp itchiness and grubbiness issues seem to be working themselves out, enjoying washing every 3-4 days versus every day, enjoying using way less hair products, enjoying more volume. Feels great.
Worst parts: Hair doesn't look like it is necessarily doing anything, but I guess it has its own schedule.
Other observations: I think that my hair sections out better with the bs and acv washes, but the bs really makes my scalp flare up. So far, the best combo was the recipe that I found from nescalocs youtube where the baking soda, acv, sea salt, lemon juice etc. was all mixed together in the sink and used as a soak. That did not bother my scalp at all, in fact, it calmed it down quite a bit. I had a lot of build up from the bs though after only using it for a week and thus had to wash with shampoo 1 time (I bought a special clarifying organic shampoo with no cones or moisturizing ingredients, so hopefully I wasn't undermining my progress). Anyhoo, at least the scalp is at a tolerable level.
I know it's stupid, but the one thing that gives me hope is that even fine, soft dog's hair will dread when it is long. So if their hair can dread, so can mine. I just gotta keep pluggin' along. The combs and brushes are in the drawers for now, but maybe when I get further along in this journey I will just gift them to someone else or otherwise altogether get rid of them. After all, I don't think I will ever be needing them again!
Minimalism strikes again! :P