It's not well know about how damaging palm rolling is, because the damage doesn't show up for a while. Unlike crocheting, interlocking, felting, etc..., where you can see the damage pretty much right away, with palm rolling, the damage won't show up until about a year later, when you hair has grown out and you can see how much thinner the roots are than the matured lock.
Here's a video of what my locks look like 7 years after palm rolling for just the first 2 weeks, daily:
That matting in the back is congoing. Congoing is when your sections start to mat and tangle into giant locks. The way to fix this is to just separate them as they do this. Most people only need to separate once a week. Others seem to need to separate daily. The thing to know is to never separate all the way to the scalp. You never want to see your scalp in between your sections. Here's a video I made about how to separate locks. Mine are more mature, but the idea is the same. You only need to separate when the body of the locks start to tangle together. No need to focus on the roots too much:
Once your locks are separated into sections, they will generally mature in those section. As they are maturing, you'll need to keep up on separating, But once mature, you don't need to separate much at all. I may separate mine once a year, if that often
Welcome to the community Hanna, the best site on the web for healthy dreadllocks. The dreaducation section at the top of the site is a great place to start. Below is a map so you can see what water type you have, soft water allows you to use any dread shampoo or bar. With hard water, many of those products leave a residue build up behind, they just don't work the same. If you have hard water, we can help you with what to use....I also started with T&R and have a posting I made for new members, hope you find it useful.....peace
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Welcome. It's great that no products were used, but I have to warn you that palm rolling is extremely destructive. If you don't do it much, you aren't helping ot create any lasting knots. It only makes your locks look neater for a few hours. If you do do it enough to see progress, it is actually severely damaging your roots, and can be nearly impossible to fix later on.
I did it for only the first 2 weeks, and 7 years later, I am stillstrugglingto fix the damage
Welcome to the community and to your future journey with growing healthy dreadlocks. The dreaducation section at the of the site is a great place to start for information. If you have any questions after, please ask us, we are all here to help you....peace