Ok so I lightly backcombed in in the beginning in an effort to separate my pseudo dreadlocks.Its been about 8-9 weeks since I started and I am noticing something that makes all the sense in the world to me and vindicated those like SE in a big way.All the locks that were backcombed looked like funny dreads in the beginning. As time went on my decision was to leave them be completely aside from washing and drying them. I have had them up in my wool hat or just hanging loose in a sleeve.What I am observing is that all of my backcombed locks are indeed dreading but they all had to come undone FIRST. Some of them stayed in their little sectioned mass for the most part but inbetween the roots and tips they totally went back to strait hair and then began the REAL dreading process. Some of the are coming out entirely and recreating on their own.To be honest this actually pleases me greatly. It gives my dreads their freedom back and allows for a more natural process.Although my back combing did provide the apparent look of dreads for a while and kept many of them in the initial sections, every lock had to come mostly undone before knotting up correctly. I would imagine that if I used wax this process would not be allowed to occur and I would have stupid pseudo locks forever (or a couple of sticky smelly years).Back combing might have some practical applications in a societal context, but I am failing to realize the overall benefit vs. the damage to your hair.
updated by @didjeridurian: 02/14/15 03:31:11AM