Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support
Not sure what you mean by "my hair is all soft & dread anymore" Brandy, but twist & rip sections do need to loosen in order to dread, so if this is what happened, then that's good. If you do not have dread shampoo, then keep using the baking soda wash. The BS exfoliates the scalp and cleans it without the hands rubbing.
Twist & rip dreads will not look the same as when you first did them. That was only the blueprint of the sections that you made. They will loosen, maybe come undone if not tight, zig, zag, loop and shrink, the changes are amazing to see.
Don't be sad on your journey, embrace it, embrace the changes, know that everything that happens is so that beautiful mature dreads will be created because of it.