updated by @andy3: 01/13/15 09:52:32PM
Hi there, I don't know what gunk was put in your hair by the lady, but may I suggest you use dawn dish soap to get it out, strong enough to work for wax. Was it wax she used? If so, you will have to use this several times. Neglect/Free Form dreads are the healthiest to grow, then the Twist & Rip method, then Backcombing (which damages the hair). If your dreads seem to be working, why would you want to backcomb instead? . Organic shampoo won't do the trick to get the gunk out. You should be washing them 2-3 times a week in the first few months. Have you been keeping them clean or did she say not to wash them? Let us know so you will like yours so much more, we want you to enjoy your journey and not wish you did them another way. ...Peace
Baking soda is a salt. It is great at exfoliating your scalp, and getting dirt out. But it's not good at getting greasy, oily, or waxy residues out. Once you get the gel out, you can use BS or Vicki's soaps without any problem.
The dawn soap will be great. But like it was said, before, you'll need to use hot water, and multiple washes to clean it out, completely. And by that time, all of the locks, in place, will more than likely come completely undone.
So here's the bad news. If it's been under 1 month, I'd really recommend brushing them completely out, and starting over from scratch.
Since your locks will start unraveling anyway, in your first few washes, it'll pretty much seem like most of them went back to your normal texture. By completely starting over, you can avoid all of that gel and hassle over how to clean them. You'll be able to wash them whenever you want to, however you want to.
And for the other shoe... From your profile pic, it looks like your hair is pretty short. Maybe 3 inches. That's a bit short to start seeing any progress. Most people don't see progress until their hairs is 5-6 inches long.
But all is not lost. If you start over, you will see progress much faster than you ever would with that gel and other gunk in your hair. Also, they will feel lighter and not leave any stains on your pillows or anything else your head touches.
There is a vitaminsupplementcalled Biotin, that you can take which promotes hair growth. It takes about 3 months to start working, but once it does, it really speeds up your growth.