I have very straight Caucasian hair. I let my dreads form "semi-neglect", by doing lots of rubbing for a couple of weeks and then letting nature take its course. It's been about a year and a half, and I have well-formed dreads.
A couple dreads had roots that were spread out over too great a distance, so I split them by tearing until I couldn't tear anymore, then slicing the rest of the way with a knife. After a couple months, those split dreads have very thin roots. I could literally count the strands of hair on one. One fell out a few days ago. I'm afraid if the rest fall out, there will be large "blank spots". Not quite bald spots, as there is enough un-dreaded hair.
I had been doing a lot of circular root rubbing to try to save them, but after reading some posts here, I will stop. I had considered finding a salon, but again, after reading posts here, I won't.
Is there anything I can do to save these dreads from falling out? Or do I just learn from my mistakes and leave them be? (I'm tempted to assist one in coming out so that it doesn't end up on the floor of a client's home.)
On that note, is there anything I should do maintenance-wise, other than washing a couple times a week? I have used nothing but a baking soda/water mix and ACV since I started.