My dreads are brand new...about 3 weeks old. They were created using the twist & rip method. My roots have all completely come undone, and the entire back has fallen out. I'm not surprised about the back, I did them myself and it's not easy to get back there!
I have a few of them that are doing pretty well in the middle, they don't feel nearly as soft and spongy or as fuzzy, and I can see a few spots where they want to start looping.
I am currently waiting patiently for my dread soap to arrive from the U.S. (I live in Mexico at the moment). So no, they haven't been washed properly. I have washed them once a week so far, once with just water, once with hand soap and once with regular shampoo. I did an acv + essential oil rinse once. I know this isn't optimal, but it's the only option I have right now.
I'm struggling a bit to decide if I just want to let them be or if I should brush them out and start over, trying to get the knots closer to the scalp and to get someone to help with the back. I want them on the thinner side, and I want loose ends, if that helps. Any thoughts or suggestions out there for a newbie? Thanks in advance!