fixing them up
If you're worried about how you look in public, get a tam, or even crochet one for yourself. Look on youtube and you can learn how very easily (this is what I did, pics of the finished tam are on my page). I'm 44 days in right now and I still have a lot of the loose hairs and such even tho it's all sectioned out and locking quite nicely overall. One thing I can tell you that REALLY helped me, is SE's baking soda wash mix... For the first two weeks I was using knotty boy all purpose shampoo bar and it seemed like every time I washed, things loosened up and there were more stray hairs, very similar to regular shampoo. Then I decided to try the magical land of baking soda and essential oils. I could tell a HUGE difference immediately after the first time I used it (pics of this are also on my page). After I use the wash (2-3 times a week), I dry my scalp by rubbing lightly in a circular motion with a towel (this also helps form knots, which is always a plus), squeeze as much water out of my dreads as possible with the towel, separate and roll very lightly (just for neatness' sake) and that's it. After the first time I used the baking soda mix, locks that were just starting to form and that were still very spongy and loose, almost immediately started hardening and tightening up. If you haven't tried the wash, you need to. Other than that, patience and good luck.oh, about the flat dread... SE is always going to be the best person to listen to in my opinion, but we all have different and individual experiences. Here's a bit of my personal experience with that... About a week and a half ago I noticed that one of mine was becoming flat but I'm not ready for flatness at this point and wanted it back round.. When your hair is wet, it's more workable and susceptible to manipulation, so I used that to my advantage... After one of my washes, I rounded it back out by squeezing it with my fingers and then I wrapped that dude up nice and tight while it was still wet. I left the wrap in for a couple days and when I took it out, "Voila!", back to round. Could work for you, might not. It's worth a try tho, if it's really bothering you.