Checking out the rear view
OK, so two and a half hours later and I combed out one of the two largest-based dreads. It is now three.
Here's a more focused, closer pics of the back of my head.
Yeah, I know the focus is a bit off. I can try to get a better photo when someone's home to take one.
I thought so too regarding the amount of shrinkage that happened, but I don't mind that so much. It dries pretty well and usually takes only a couple hours for most of them to dry. Only a 2 or 3 of them are still slightly damp by the end of my work day (5:30pm).
There are 2 that I might take apart which could possibly form 2-3 each. I do have a scalp patch that shows where the one is, and I'm sure that will help that issue.
As to separating, I've been doing that once a day or every other day, depending on how much they seem to be grabbing each other. Thought maybe that was contributing to it and was going to start separating less frequently.
I'm almost 11 months in to my natural, free form journey. This is a photo I took last week. I did not force most sections and just tried to keep them separated by how the knots were forming. It's the first real look I've had at the back of my head since I started. My hair is thin and fine, slightly thinner from the crown forward on the top of my head.
I guess it's pretty normal to look this way at this point, especially because I've seen A LOT of shrinkage in the last few months. My hair was halfway down my back when I decided to start letting it dread. Just looking for thoughts or insight. I counted 42 dreads last week, and still have hair at the side-front near the ears that has yet to lock up.
Should I pull any apart? Most sections feel to be between 1 to 2 inches wide with the dread shafts forming at only about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch wide. A couple are 1/4 of an inch at the scalp section. Some are between 1/2 and 3/4 of an inch.
Will wrapping my hair during the day while at work be detrimental, or might it help with the forming of new dreads in between? Just curious.
They're totally normal. If you palm roll the dreads the medallions will thin out a little, but they'll still do that naturally (at least a little) if you are doing free-form. I had some HUGE medallions for a bit, and almost every one of my dreads had one. I'm 10.5 months in (free form) and they are evening out well enough for my liking. I did palm roll one or two of the larger ones a couple of times while they were wet but then realized that I am more interested in letting them be natural and whatever shape they become naturally than fidgeting with them constantly. The shafts will thicken as the dreads tighten but you may still have medallions.
Love your locs! If you feel the need to tame them a little, roll them a bit every now and again. It's about what makes YOU happy!
30 is a decent number unless you want thin dreads. I started off with somewhere in the 30 dread range and just counted 42 with some loose hair still just starting to knot (but I didn't count those couple of sections as dreads since they're still in the 'fragile and could unlock at any moment' stage. A few of the more recent ones are brand new babies that formed between previously formed dreads. I'm about 10.5 months in and have fine hair as well. Listen to Soaring Eagle and hang in there! Being patient with them is hard, but worth it!
Update # 2: I was able to do a sea salt soak for the first time. Seemed to be very much the same as the results from the Epsom salt soak - nice soft dreads, more locking and tightening, happy scalp (and skin). So, from my perspective and experience, it doesn't seem to matter which is used. Just make sure you rinse well after the soak, like soaring eagle said in his one post. Soak, take a break, soak, rinse. I just took a bath, soaked my head twice during, and then showered off just long enough to rinse my locs.
I was just going to post about how mine are coming because I have so much of this happening. My dreads are now 9 months old. I have all kinds of babies finding their groove - kinky ones, loopy ones, straight cylindrical ones. and the majority have medallions on the bottoms with thin wispy tails.
At first I was a little unnerved by the medallions. I wasn't upset or hating on them, I was just curious and not sure what to make of them. After reading up on various threads and sites, I found that I tended to agree with the idea that the medallions are just another feature that adds character and uniqueness to my baby dreads and I've actually come to love them a lot, and I like to think that they are good luck charms of sorts.
My favorites are the ones that have all the kinks to them, and the ones that form 'elf knots' (think Elrond of Rivendell from Lord of the Rings and his ultra-cool loopy knots in the front sections of hair that frame his face). Many of my elf knots have since tightened up to form small medallions, but I still think they were (and are) awesome. :D
Oddly, I still have two sections of hair - one on either side of my head and almost in the exact same position - that refuse to knot as of yet and are silky and straight. My husband is constantly commenting on how cool he thinks it looks that 90-95% of my hair has formed dreads in varying stages of development and these two sections are there being all "Nope...not gonna knot up... don't wanna". LOL I love that he's so supportive and is enjoying watching the journey progress.
So, thank you for posting this. Hopefully it will help others be more comfortable with the multitude of variations and crazy things the baby dreads do to themselves. Love your babies! No two are identical, and (in my opinion) that's how it should be! It's one of the best ways to be uniquely you!
Here are some pics - I'll post all of them to my gallery in a few minutes.
Sorry you wound up taking them back out. Mine are natural dreads at 8 months and I still separate daily. It did get easier, but I find that if I don't do it every day I have an issue the next day with major congos wanting to start. Maybe try wrapping them next time so that the white water rafting helmet isn't as much as an issue? Just a thought.