So here's the history to the best of my memory.
The first year and a half I did use any generic shampoo that was in the shower. So that was from mid 2014 to late 2015. Then from early 2016 to mid 2016 I did the acv/bs wash because I remember that being recommended, I did this for 6 months. After reading it was advised against, I switched to the bars from dreadlocksshampoo. That was the summer of 2016. Then the start of 2017 I started buying their conditioner also. I've been using their products since the summer of 2016, absolutely nothing else. For the past 4 years I had a strict schedule of washing twice a week. But it's around 6 months since I started doing it once a week, also conditioning that same day.
I have NOT: put any rubber bands, crochet them, interlocked, perm, t&r, palm roll.
When I say all I've done is wash them and separate them, I have. I can't stress it enough to people when I say I just stopped brushing my hair.
Here's another theory of mine. From mid 2014 to mid 2016 (2 yrs) I was using a regular shampoo then switching to acv/bs. I did this as they were still forming/developing/knotting/tangling. I'm thinking, for the first 2 years of me using those products as they were forming, it was setting in motion the damaging affect and only did it happen later down the road.
I did some research and this does tend to happen to people who have used rubberbands, crochet, perm, etc. That I understand. What I don't get is why did this happen to me since I never did any of the above.