Hi my dreads are just over one month old and I started them by twist and rip. They are getting really matted at the roots so I am having to separate every day. The problem is after a shower I end up with about 3-4 inches of webbed and matted hair at the roots (even if I separate just before washing) which is a nightmare to sort out. I hear so many hairs breaking as I separate and my scalp gets really tender. I feel like I'm doing so much damage and I'm worried about causingtraction alopecia. This was certainly not my idea of natural, damage free dreadlocks!
I also feel when I pull my dreads apart this just pulls more hair out of the dreads, making them even more likely to matt. It also just pulls up the tangled hairs closer to the roots so they are still connected. Even once I've separated as best I can multiple dreads still move when I pull on one.
I'm wondering if I should go to somewhere likehttp://dreads.bluebramble.com/ to have them crocheted and pull in all the loose hairs so they are less likely to matt, or attempt it myself. I know this is damaging but it would be a one off and I can't see it being as bad as the damage I am causing daily during separating.
Sorry for the long question but I'm getting really frustrated
updated by @rosie-lee: 01/13/15 10:05:30PM