wow really! feels good to know i wasn't the only person who had this happen too. definitely was a lesson learned. never letting a crochet hook coming near my hair again!
What you r doing now i have done 3 times - i know you will feel alot better with them out. After the 3rd time i took my dreads out i let my own hair grow to waist length and did alot of home work on how i was going to dread my hair. I did get smone to do some guidence sectioning (as my hair would be 1 massive congo) then have let it all do its own thing, funny thing is i now have many more dreads than i started off with. I remember telling SE that i was so dissapointed at having only 22 dreads, but now i have over 34. Do you think you still want to have dreads? I know natural feels alot different than those tight ones done at a salon.
Hello Frida Virrueta! Thanks for the friend request ) message me/ comment on my page anytime ya wanna chit chat lol
From your profile pic your dreads look awsome - those sectioning lines will definatly fade for sure. If you need any advice i am a qualified hairdresser and have done may dreads, but do think the salon way if very structured and set looking. If you want to soften the water just add a bit of baking soda to the last rinse, but don't add any salt or lemon or tightening agents! Just like SE said - alovera plant will help enormously, but if you do add conditioner just to loosen, only do this a couple of times or your beautiful dreads will loosen too much. Really you haven't waited your money or time, just think of it as a way of starting your now natural dread journey.
welcome but gotta warn you the crochet hook was an extremely bad idea nit only very very dan=maging but also will delay any progress by 6 months
Welcome. I don't want to come off sounding aggressive, but I feel like I should warn you that the crochet hook method is actually the second most destructive thing that can be done to locks. I does nothing to help them form or mature, but only helps them break and become weak and brittle.
In the past few years people have finally started to realize that wax is terrible for locks. So the new sensation of crocheting has taken over as a new "method" to create insta-locks.
So unfortunately, most of the first things you find in a google search is about how to crochet locks.
This is a scam, though. If you only want locks for a very short period of time, it's not so bad. But if you want locks for life, or at least a long long time, it will not help.
What the crochet hook does is rips hairs into smaller and smaller pieces. This means that the tips of your locks are no longer attached to your head. They are broken hairs, attached to other broken hairs, attached to others, and others, until finally they attach to your scalp. Because of all of these attachments, your locks become extremely weak and brittle. Weak spots are created, and can become so weak that they can't support their own weight, and snap off. Or they can be weak enough to snap just from a slight tug.
And from just 1 session with a hook, it can take upwards of 6 months to recover enough to start locking healthily. Multiple sessions can take over a year.
And not to worry you, but I can see your scalp in between your sections. That's actually very unhealthy for your locks and scalp. It means that too much torque is being pulled on your scalp. This causes a condition called Traction Alopecia, which leads directly to premature baldness, very quickly.
Take a look through the dreaducation page and the recovery pages to see what other members who crocheted have gone through.
Many of our members are 100% for the natural method. But not everyone is ready for that. I know I wasn't. So we do like to help you out with other healthier methods to get your locks started. But, unfortunately, crocheting is only second to felting in the worst ways to start locks
Welcome erica. Dreads like to start knotting on 5-6 inches of hair, but will sure separate into sections on hair shorter than that. There is a product you can take called Biotin, found in your local drug store or department store in the vitamin section. It promotes hair growth in about 3 months time to notice. Take 6000 mcg daily, if you can't find that strength, just add up the tablets to equal it. Costs less than 10 bucks.