Nope, you should be okay
hard/soft water is defined by how much undissolved minerals are in the water. Calcium, limestone,granite, etc... Soft water just has much less than hard water. So, Eagles right, the low end would be softer water. If you had water with no minerals in it, you'd basically have distilled water. That's not possible for any major water source. You have to distill water manually. So the slightly hard to moderately hard is pretty much soft water.
Here you go... A map with soft water actually written on it:
Leave it be for now. They should always be in a state of somewhat tangled together at your scalp. As they grow out, and the crossing of starts being part of the body of the lock, then rip them apart. it doesn't hurt. It's not as bad as it sounds.
I'll post a video in a bit about what I mean. Hopefully it'll clear some things up for you and everyone
Mass. tends to have slightly hard water. But it's on the very low side of hard water. You should be fine. I'm in Philly, and have no problem with my water. And I'm red on the map. You're almost entirely yellow.
It can vary city to city, but most major cities are consistent with where their water supply comes from
The way they handle their shipping is that they use certain sized boxes. If you go back to the site and add 2 more bottles, it should cost the same in shipping. Just add bottles until the shipping cost goes up. Then take 1 bottle out. It'll cost a bi more, because you are buying more soap, but it'll be cheaper to not have to buy 1 bottle at a time every few months and pay for the same shipping each time.
There are youtube videos all over for how to make distilleries like that.
So, Rainbow pretty much answered everything, thanks.
Wash your hair as often as you want. More is better. If you feel dry, or itchy, or scratchy, wash it. As long as your hair dries completely between washes, it doesn't matter how often you do. Most baby locks enjoy between 2-3 times a week.
There are too many factors to give you a good estimate on how long the process takes. Eagle had some of his locks form within a week. Mine took over a year to look like anything other that a rats nest. How long your hair is, how you sleep, how often you wash.what with, what texture your hair is, how you dry your hair, etc.
The best thing to do is forget about the fist day you started. Actively try to forget ho old hey are. Don't celebrate their week/month/year birthday. The more you focus on how old they are, the long you wil just see yourself as someone-with-locks. If you don't pay attention to dates, and picture yourself as having locks, no matter what they look like now, time will move by faster, and you will be happy andsurprised by all the progress.
You will have to rip them apart. But not until they start to congo together. Most likely that fist few weeks won't show enough progress to need separating like that. But as the start sectioning off, and the sections grab hold of other sections, that when you want to pull them apart. And don't separate them all the way to the scalp. There has to be some sort of constant state of messiness at the root. This protects your scalp from sun damage. Just make sure the body of the locks are not tangled together.
For drying, don't rub your head with a towel. It's actually counter-productive
If they were thinner, they'd fit better under a helmet. I'm not into any sport other than paintball, and rock climbing, if you can call rockclimbinga sport. But I have super fat locks too, and have had issues like you're having. It's hard to get my paintball mask to feel right with the strap over the back of my head. I was also a cook, and had to wear a baseball cap for years before I finally got my argument recognized by corporate to let me wear a tam.
I understand your frustration. But as they grow out, if you haven't already begun taking them apart, there will always be a little bit of loose, straight hair but the root. This 1-2 inchs makes them feel much more comfortable under a helmet. Biotin can help speed up the growing process. I just started taking it and have seen a bit of difference already with it filling in a genetic bald spot.
Once they get to a certain length, they are much more comfortable, too.
But in the mean time, have you thought about wearing a silk, or anything shear, fabric around them as a wrap? This way, you can keep them down while you ride, and don't have to put them in a bun under your helmet. Plus a shear fabric will be smooth and feel cool on your neck so that you don't overheat.
This is completely natural for many who start natural. And it's not even uncommon for starter methods too. Just switching what side of the bed you sleep on doesn't do it. I switch side of the the bed once in a while too. But I still tend to sleep most of the night on a certain side of my body.
That's what the real issue is. Most people who run into this situation tend to sleep on one side or the other. If you could find a way to sleep on the other side, it will balance itself out. If not, it's not a big deal. It'll lock up in time. Maybe a little slower, but it will. You could throw some beads over the sections on the side you want to speed up. But it's not necessary.
And, yeah, 1.5 months is nothing in the neglect world. It's not even much in the starter method world. They are still babies. If you are seeing progress at all, you should be thrilled