In the past I've posted about this weird baldish spot I've had going on the back of my scalp. I thought it could have been natural balding or traction alopecia from my last set of dreads which were crocheted super tight, which I combed out almost four years ago to go totally freeform. Now I'm actually thinking it's cause of the weight of the locks in that area putting tension on the scalp, where my hair in that area is already a little bit thinner than the rest of my head. I've tried several things in the past to try making it look better, like TnRing small groups of loose hair to make some skinny dreads, taking some hair out of some of the bigger dreads to form their own, and eventually I joined two of the skinny dreads. No matter what it has looked silly. So I was looking to see if there is really anything I can do about it, aside from combing out again and starting fresh.
While I'm at it, my previous set of dreads was heavily crocheted, interlocked, waxed, bleached, dyed, you name it. That shit show had to go once I realized how screwed up it all was. I probably should have cut off a little bit after the comb-out, but I let it start freeforming immediately after getting all the wax and crap out. Some of the dreads I had prior reformed, as well as some new ones, but ultimately now it looks so much better than the old set. Problem is, the damage from a lot of the interlocks is (or was) still there. Some locks just have thin weak spots, others reformed the actual interlocks so there's a decent hole in the middle, about 4" from the end, but what hasn't broke off yet will break off soon. So what I have going on now is just about all the locks in front about 4" shorter than the rest all around, that part doesn't bother me too too much. What I do want to know, however, is if having allowed some of the old dreads to form as they did, did I prevent my hair from dreading the way it's actually supposed to? I feel like for the size of some of my sections my locks should be thicker and shorter than what it is. I've attributed it to the fact that I have fine, thin hair, but I just don't know and it really bugs me when I think about it. I'm considering a do-over again, but if everything seems normal I wouldn't waste my time. Any advice would be great.
Picture is of that stupid baldish spot.
updated by @btw990: 06/25/21 10:56:47AM