Yeah, the crotchet hook might have had something to do with it...my dread seemed fine everywhere except for one spot in the middle where it was weak and broke off...probably where I had used the hook. Fortunately, I only crocheted a few times, and it's been a while since i have. So, i think my dreads have been healing nicely.
When I brushed out the waxed dread, I used regular hand soap and a bunch of conditioner to get it out...just washed that hair repeatedly until it was no longer tacky. I'm pretty sure I got it all out.
I really like the thickness of my dread there...I have some in the back that are even thicker and I absolutely love them. It would probably really bum me if I had to separate it, but you make a good point. With the hair growing and adding even more weight down the road, it might be smart to separate. If it already hurts now, I can't imagine what it'd feel like once it reaches my waist. My hair does take a good four to six hours to dry, I'd say...sometimes longer. This is something I'm going to have to think about for a while, I think, before I can commit to separating :/
I started August 2012. Really been surprised how quickly my locks have tightened. Not to mention, all the length I've lost...probably over a foot now.
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the Barrellady said:
I think that the crochet hook was the reason your dreads broke off, not the separating that you did. Glad you threw the hook away, but it already broke hundreds of pieces in your dreads, so they were weak from that, they do get stronger with time though. You only waxed once and brushed it out, but did you get the wax out with anything like Dawn dish soap or Wax B Gone? The thickness of your dread is what is causing tension on your scalp. Hard to tell by the picture, but I think you can divide that one into a few, unless you want fat dreads, but they do cause tension when they are that big. Anything over a 1inch section at the scalp will take longer to dry and cause the tension you are feeling now. I kept mine around the temples thinner so that I would not feel any pressure of weight there, especially years down the road.
Baba Fats has a video on his page on how to separate dreads, a good one to watch. Due to your crochet, even once, you may still loose some of it, but lets hope not.
Did you start in August 2012?