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Very good progress. I can't wait to see more
They don't look as bad as I pictured, I agree.
Yeah, some look a bit thick, but you can get away with that with no problem. Just was 2-3 times a week, add a pinch of sea salt to the wash and you're golden.
Let me know if you have issues with drying time on some of the fat ones. I've got some super fat locks too and they tend to need a little extra help
1: Never Never use wax. Wax destroys locks. Completely and utterly unless it is removed. It only glues hair together to make it look like you have locks. But they will never progress past the day you put the wax on them until you get it out. And wax doesn't wash out in normal soap and water. It needs a detergent to wash it out.
2-3: I answered on you page
4: Dr. Bronners is great if you have soft water. If you have hard water, it leaves a residue that you don't want. The best soaps for any water type are from dreadlockshampoo.com. You could use the Baking Soda/Apple Cider Vinegar wash, but again, you need soft water for it. Wash 1-3 times a week, and you're good to go
There are a thousand and 1 different reasons that locks would lock up in different places faster. Most deal with how you sleep, actually. If you sleep on your back, the back tends to lock up faster. Same with either side.
As for the retightening... Don't do it. Every time you retighten, you are really setting the progress back to day one. They have to loosen up again in order to get to the same spot as they are now. Just leave them be.
I get the friends dodging you. I've had it happen. But it helps you really learn who your friends are
I'm still a bit confused about the knotting. Were they literally tied into a knot, like you'd tie a rope in a knot? Or were the roots tightened with a hook or other tool? Or were the roots flipped?
If they were tied in a knot, I'd say start over. Knots will stop locking on a large scalp. If your hair is shorter, you may see a little matting below the knot, but not much. You'll end up having pretty straight hair below the knot. It will mat above the knot, but not well, and nothealthily.
If they were root flipped, leave them. If it was done 4 months ago, and not since, you probably wont be able to see the area where it was done, and undo it. If you can't see it, then undoing it will cause more harm. Once won't kill your locks.
If crocheting or any other tool was used, again once won't kill them, but don't do it anymore.
I'm glad your friend isn't helping out anymore. Lock peppa is a scam. Everything from KB and DHHQ is a scam. Almost everything they sell is damaging to dreadlocks.
Get a non residue Shampoo. Dr. Bronners is good, but doesn't work in hard water. Or the Baking soda wash. But that, again, doesn't work well in hard water. Or get a soap from dreadlockshampoo.com. Their stuff rocks and works in any type of water.
Wash 1-3 times a week, and let them air dry as much as possible
Well, you need to get the wax out. First things first.
Wax will prevent locking at best. Wax does not and never will wash out in your normal soap and water. It's a hydrocarbon, and needs a detergent to clean it. Dish soaps are detergents. Dawn is just the best of them. Even better is the stuff from dreadlockshampoo.com
And for the first question, I didn't mean what place it was done at. Sorry. I mean can you tell where on the lock it went through. If you can see the place it was interlocked at, you may be able to undo it. But if it is too tangled and you can't see it easily, trying to undo it, will damage them more.
They will turn out fine if you don't do it again. They may have a twisted braided look for a while, but that will get covered up by hair. The weakness is still there, but it won't look bad to the observer. YOu may not even see it at first glance
#1: How long ago were they interlocked? If recently (the past day or 2), and you can find where it was done and undo it, go ahead. If you can't find where it was done easily, don't. You'll do more harm trying to undo what was done. I interlocked 1 or 2 back in the day, and it doesn't kill your locks. It does weaken them a bit, but once won't make them fall out.
#2: What else was done when you started? If you paid money, they probably used wax or other products. Or even crocheted. If any wax was used, you need to get it out, right away. There's a great wax remover from dreadlockshampoo.com. Or Dawn dish soap will work fine. One session isn't enough. There's a great detailed description on how to get wax out in the dreaducation page.
#3: How much did you pay? Just out of curiosity. People have paid tens of thousands over the years for waxy locks that never locked up.