i changed from backcombing to 'natural surrender'. I have days where i wish i could just start them over properly, im about 3months in now. Dont get me wrong i love my dreads, i even have dreadlocks in my dreams now When you just let them go, they get loose, some fall apart completely. i have two like that, one that ive just left to do its own thing completely and the other i tnr. Because of the backcombing and rubber bands i have alot on my fringe with weak roots so i took SE's advice and let two congo together and its getting stronger.
sorry for the long ass post
just leave them be and do the BS/ACV wash, it will feel awesome and clean.
enjoy the process