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When I first started my hair was about 5 inches long. I had one lock, that when fully mature it was only 1 inch long. I was really depressed about it. I know how you feel. Because my hair grows VERY slow.
Not to mention that I was one of those rare individuals that saw just about no progress for a full year. So after a year I would have thought my locks would be much longer. Instead they were half the length or even less.
6 years later, that 1inch lock is 18 inches long. And the others that were 3-4 inches long when mature are now 16-18 inches long.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that everyone goes through that shrinking phase, and that it can be very stressful. But when they lock up, your hair will grow unreasonably fast. You'll have your long hair back sooner than you think. I have never had hair this long before. And I can't wait till it's even longer.
You could try and take biotin. It doesn't do anything for about 3 months. But once it starts, it really makes your hair grow. I mean, my hair used to grow about 2 inches a year. After 2 months of using it, I am already seeing a bit of a growth spurt. So it does help a lot
It may not start locking right now, but you will definitely start seeing it section itself off, getting ready to lock. You may as well start right away.
And Biotin works great. If you start taking it now, you won't see much progress for about 3 months, but in those 3 months your hair will grow out more, and then it will start to explode with growth
I've had a lock or 2 fall out. It does happen on occasion.
Did you do any maintenance other than the original TnR and back combing? Back combing takes a toll. It putsunnecessarytorque on your roots. It tends to pull out lots of hairs and hurt the integrity of the lock.
Hopefully the one you lost was just a fluke. But in case it wasn't, leave your locks alone for a while and see if the roots fix thmselves
The locks in the picture are at least 2 years old. Her's definitely looked goofy in the beginning.
Like Eagle said, you loop laces to tie them into knots. That's what your hair's doing. It;s looping in order to knot. In time those loops go away and get pulled down. You will eventually have locks that are nice and tight with a few bumps where a loop was and got flattened out. Some loops may never go away. But they need to go through that loopy bumpy stage to get to where you want them
Palm rolling will only hurt them. But the damage doesn't show up for about a year, when they grow out. But once that starts to happen, it is VERY hard to fix. I palm rolled for about 2 weeks in the very beginning and I am still trying to fix the damage 6 years later. I posted a vid of what it did to my locks. You should check it out before you do anything.
If you take them out, and have your friend redo them, in a week you'll be at the same place you are now. It's better to just tough it out. They need to be this messy in order to lock up. And really, they don't look bad at all. I wish mine were as nice as yours. My hair is thinning on top of my head and some of my locks have very weak roots (The ones I palm rolled).
Never leave salt in your hair for more than 2 hours. It dries out your hair scalp and makes it itch. If it's not itching, you're lucky. But it is still over drying your hair and will make it brittle. Whenever you use sea salt, wash it out as soon as you can. This includes going to the beach and getting your hair wet.
That can happen if you tie the thread too tight. It's chokes off the lock.
You can always wash with the soaps from dreadlockshampoo.com. They rock and make your whole scalp feel healthy and clean.
With wraps, you want them to be snug and secure, but you don't want them to be so tight that they constrict movement entirely
Weird. I wouldn't trust that. Any time a needle goes through your locks is damaging. You don't want to poke holes in your locks on purpose.
Definitely stay positive. There may be damage. But if you let them grow on their own now, and don't force anything to happen other than preventing congo's, you will be just fine. Locks have an uncanny way of healing themselves