Fat Little Dridlock!
Help! Save My Dreads
twist & rip, crochet, neglect...these were the methods you used. Has it been a year since you did them? Did you know that the hair is suppose to shrink. I have lost over a 12" of mine and just over a year. Some dreads do not mature until the two year mark, and I think my T&R will fall into this category. I too have the nobs at ends and no worries with it. Your hair was still on its journey, those ends would have changed over time, dreads equals patience.
Maybe, being hard as a rock, you had residue build up in your hair that could have been fixed by using an anti-residue shampoo.
You only ever formed natty dreads you say, well, your journey was not finished yet. Different journeys for different people, different speeds, different loops and nobs, just all different.
By doing crochet, you did change the dynamics of the dreading journey, but doing it once only takes about 6 months for the hair to correct itself, the hook puts you back 6 months. So if you were at the one year mark, you were really at the 6 month mark. No where close to maturity. Gee Meg, wish you posted before you took them out, many members here could have helped you get through it.
If you are thinking of starting over, please, please stay away from the crochet hook. And if your dreads feel tight or just not right, try the anti-residue shampoo, such a quick fix if that is the problem.
Peace to you Meg