New to dreading completely
Yeah, the gel was a mistake. I'd wash that out right away. Gel is obviously not as bad as wax because it does wash out, but it's hard to get it all out without scrubbing, and loosening your progress.
The only thing I see possibly happening is that if you leave them in and forget about them, they might, might, end up having hairs tangle around them and get a little stuck. It won't hurt your locks, but you might get tired of that particular bead. I'd check it every once in a while to make sure it can still move around. it's not that big a deal, but I know I get sick of some beads sometimes and want a change. But I have fatter locks so it's hard to find locks that my bead fit on. I only have 3 or 4 locks right now that are thin enough for any of my beads. If I want a new bead, I have to replace one that's already there
As they mature, they will eventually take on the size of the roots, but when they are younger they are usually thinner. Don't worry about it. My sections are about 2-3 inches in some places. I like them like that. Not all of them are than big. Only 3-4. And the tips are not nearly that big. The reason they seem thinner at the root right now is that the hair is still straight and not a tangled mess. As it tangles and mats it'll thicken up. Just be patient
What did you do to section? It looks like you just twisted them. I'm guessing that you have super super surly hair to begin with. If all you did was twist it then all that work will come out as soon as you wash. And you should wash. 2-3 times a week when you are starting out. After they start to mature you can, if you want, slow down to once a week. But that's a ways off.
As for washing. Dreadlockshampoo.com actually has really good stuff. It smells great. The only problem I have found with them is that I have to be extra careful when I rinse, to make sure it all comes out. It does eventually, but don't rush it. The other options are Dr. Bronners soap. But People with hard water seem to have problems with that leaving residue. And where you are from, You probably do have hard water. The Baking soda/Apple Cider wash is the most popular. It's about a tbls BS to 3-4 cups of water. Unlike with the other soaps, you don't have to scrub at all with this. leave it in for about 10 minutes and then rinse it out. Then use a little less ACV to the same amount of water. Rinse that out right away. You can add whatever oils you want to to the BS wash. But I'd recommend no more than 20-25 drops. 25 is on the heavy side. I'd say 5 drops or each oil. and 25 drops is 5 different oils. That's a lot of different scents. so it's better to work with simpler smells. Spearmint and Eukaliptis is really nice and wakes you up in the morning.
Wash early, if you can, so you can let your hair dry completely. Don't wash again if your hair is still wet. In the beginning, your hair will dry faster. As they mature, it'll take a whole lot longer to dry. Mine are over 5 years old, now, and can take about 8-12 hours if I let them dry in the sun. Almost 24 hours in the winter when I don't want to go outside.
Listen to everyone here. They give really good advice. I'm glad you found this site too. It;' better to get started the healthy way, than have used wax and hear us all tell you that you need to comb them out and start from scratch. Good luck. Maybe start a timeline in the timeline/journal forum.
And don't freak out when you wash them again and it seems like nothing is happening. You usually need 3 or more inches to get started naturally. And don't worry so much about your sections looking uniform. It's better for them to grow into their own sections. Your scalp will thank you for it.
I do the same thing. But it's really hard for me to find beads at this point. Not many people make bead with 1/2 inch wide holes. Most are around 1/4 inch. I always keep my eye out though. Plus it's nicer to actually get to talk to the artist personally
I tnr'ed most of my locks, and I can't tell anymore. TnR is just a way to set up sections. As they age and get washed they come untangled and then retangle. This untangling and retangling makes the lock look more organic and less like a braid. If you had braids and left them with nothing holding the tips together, they wold eventually lock up and mat, but they would have a hint of a braided look to them. My girlfriend did one of her sets that way. From pictures you can't tell, but when you look at them really close you could kind of tell that that's how they were done. But even then it's only noticeable if you are looking for it.
But like Eagle said, the more random you make the TnR, the less it'll look like a braid. Plus as you TnR, you are pulling them tight, so they'll look more fuzzy than braided anyway
Whip, He can find tighten fitting ones and use them to help define a section. I know he's going neglect, but there's nothing wrong with adding a little more colour. And it won't hurt the process at all. In fact, it'll help it without doing anything damaging
I've got tons of beads. I usualy only wear between 2-4 at a time. I've got one glass one with a sequoia that I never take off, and a bead made from a coconut seed that I haven't take off in a few months now. I've got a few other, but their wood, so I take them off the shower, and sometimes don't put back on for a while.
What I usually see is girls wear colourful wraps on their locks. I don't see many if any guys with wraps. Not saying that it's feminine, but I see more girls with them than guys.