That's the response I always give, too. Whenever people ask me how long they took to look like they do, I tell them I've been working on them for 5 years. Never how long they took to look mature
Wax just holds hair together, it doesn't actually knot them. In fact, wax stops knotting. That is why you have so many straight hairs, not to mention that you are only 5 weeks in. if you washed the wax out and brushed them out, you'd see much more happen in 5 weeks on natural growth than 5 weeks with wax. You could TnR them or back comb them to help get the sections started, but locks grow on their own. If you just let your hair go and never brushed again, they'd grow into dreadlocks. There will always be loose hairs. Mine are more than 5 years old, and I still have loose hairs here and there. It's what dreadlocks are. They are naturally messy hair. You'll have to be patient while they form and mature. That messy stage is where most people become in love with their progress, anyway.
And when you get all that wax out, wash more than once a week. 2-3 times is what you should do for baby locks. Washing is what really helps them knot up faster
Sounds awesome. You won't regret it. But why did you decide to buzz you head in the first place? It'll be a while before they will even be able to start locking up. It usually takes at least 3 inches to start. And natural ones can need as much as 6 inches.
Good luck. Maybe start making a journal. Start with a buzzed pic and take one a month or so till it starts getting long enough to lock. Then take them more often
I see what you mean, now. Don't worry about that. That will fill itself in. What I'm a little worried about is the size f your sections. Are you aware that they are pretty big? like 2 inches x 2 inches? That is probably what's cause that gap. And when your locks mature and grow in, they will be HUGE? It'll be a slight hassle with their drying time later on. If you want to keep them that big, PM me for some info on how to care for phatties like that. I've only got 14 locks, so I can help you with that
That's so awesome. Some of the kids will probably love them too. I can't wait to have kids cause I know a them will probably want to play with them and pull on them.
At least you don't have to take them out. Most places that deal with kids don't like you having locks because they think they show that you are too liberal and will be a "bad" influence on children
Pics? That's awsome. See how much freer your hair and whole head feels when you take the bands off. it's like cutting off shackles. You feel like your whole head isn't constricted anymore. I had bands on mine for a little while when I first started. It was the most liberating feeling to take them off and leave them off.
The frizz will die down as they dry. And it'll get sucked into the locks making them thicker and puffier.
Good luck. Maybe make a timeline on the journal/timeline forum
If you didn't separate on either of your last sets, why do you think that if you do separate on this set it will end up the same? That's the point. Separating makes them not mash together into 1 giants messy lock.
And you should never twist/ Twisting them causes the hairs at your roots to get pulled out of your scalp. That is what causes thinning locks and locks that end up falling out because there is too much weight being pulled on thin roots.
If you washed and actually did separate regularly this time around, I'm sure they'd be better. Don't separate too often, but once or twice a week after you shower will keep them from matting all together.
That mashing into your locks was what dreadlocks do. that's how the tangle. Look at peoples pictures here of how loopy their locks are. As they grow and mature, they will tangle with loose hairs on your scalp and even with themselves. Dreadlocks typically loose 1/3 to 1/2 their original length because of this looping. Dreadlocks are tangled loopy hair. If you had let them go and allow them to keep getting sucked into themselves, you'd have been fine.
how will new growth ruin your locks? new hair growth locks up too. That's what makes locks longer. Your hair grows. It won't thin out unless you mess with it too much or have baldness on your mom's side.
Aloe is a conditioner. That alone will make your hair lock slower and come out every time you wash. I'd only ever use it if I had to get pictures done for a formal event like a wedding.