Hey, yep, good to have some "running buddies" around the same timeline, for sure. Ha, interestingly enough (and normal from what I've realized through further research) my dreads have begun to really fall out a bunch and change over the past month or so. I guess because backcombing isn't true "locking", some of them will fall out a bit so they can truly loc up. So don't be discouraged if that starts happening! Good luck on your journey--patience, patience, patience.
The Jamaican Mango & Lime
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