Hello everyone. Haven't checked back here in a while. I had got a lot of good advice from people and I applied it and although I am seeing positive results I am also seeing negative ones, either that or I might be stressing and going crazy.
Just to give background information, I have been growing my dreads since 2009 which makes them about 4 years old I guess (not sure if that is considered mature). To give an idea of the length, they drop down to my back. I use to get my hair retwisted by a hairdresser whom specialized with dreads but after my last visit which was in November (5 months ago) I stopped going. She seemed to twist them way too tight and braided them. By the time I took out the braids I felt that there was a big split end on the top of my head. Haven't gone ever since and I got advice here on how to take care of my dreads properly. I didn't get my hair retwisted too much either because I didn't like the style, I only got them retwisted because I thought that is how you maintain them. I usually only got them done 4 times a year too.
Right now I just neglect. I try to wash my hair once a week (starting from December) and I use the whole BS/ACV mix to wash them. I use natural oils and such like tea tree and lavender and I follow the directions that everyone here uses to wash them. I only tie my hair at work and when I do I use my own dreads to do it and I stopped sleeping with a skull cap on (basically a wave cap). My roots are coming full swing with recover as only a bit of my scalp can be seen from how it was before. Still I see some problems such as dreads that seem loose on the scalp, coming undone and dreads thinning in the middle. I don't understand why this is happening, maybe I am just seeing things but everyone I wash my hair, step out the shower I always see a new dread that has a thinning mid-end section. Am I washing them wrong? I do notice that BS wash always leaves my hair a bit gray and after I rinse with the ACV it still looks a bit like that and I usually dry it and it doesn't look gray anymore, is that bad?
To give you guys an idea of what I am talking about, I have drawn a little diagram showing you how some of my dreads look. I also will upload pictures showing you my dreads. Sorry for all the text and thank you for the help!
updated by @dez-flint: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM