They were initially incredibly tight, but I've managed to use pure Jojoba to loosen them up. They've turned into thick loops and kinks at the base with about 2 inches loose. Some of the locks are, however, still tight. They aren't interlocked and zero product was used.
What do I do! I hope that if I just keep washing and separating, they'll lock. I've slid dread beads on to help. Will they recover? The first photo is the day they were made. The second photo is four days later. I'm currently on day six.