your letting salons define tidy for you the roots nevef should have scalp showing thats how salons define tidy but its diseased its traction alopecua and will eventualy make you go bald the roots should never have anythung done to them at all they should have hair covering the scalp preventing skin cancer
just remember they dont need to look tidy at the roots not the way salobs define it anyway..just leave the roots alone
welcome but looping you mean interlocking? putting the dread through the root? and crochet? they arent naty if you do that and both are no good at all
the loooping can even make you go bald
natty dreads are left alone to do their thing the only maintenance done washing and seperating
If you leave it alone, that loose hair gets sucked into a lock, or forms a new one on it's own. Those loose hairs need to be there to protect your scalp from getting sun burned and to promote healthy locks.
Look into traction alopecia. It's a condition caused directly from pulling hair on your scalp tight so you can see scalp in between hairs. People with tight braids have it. People with tight cornrows have it. And people how tighten the roots of their locks have it. It is a direct link to baldness. and gone untreated it will cause you to go bald. The easiest way to treat it is to stop messing with your roots. I know you may not want to go the natural route. That's okay. But that loose hair needs to be there in order to have healthy locks.
It's the most damaging thing you can do to your locks next to wax. All it does is break hairs into smaller and smaller pieces, making your locks weaker and weaker. The hairs at the tips of your locks are, in time, no longer attached to your scalp. They are attached to other broken hairs, attached to others, and others, until, finally, they attach to your scalp. This makes it so that after a while, they could actually snap off under their own weight.
It also over tightens your locks. They get stiff. Dreadlocks should never be stiff, they should be soft and fluffy. Even the most mature locks should be spongy. If your locks are hard, that's a problem.
It's not as often, but because they get overly tightened, they tend to hold water in longer, and can trap it there, causing mold.
If you crochet the roots, you are making them extremely weak. Roots should never be touched. In order to have healthy locks, you should never see any scalp in between each lock.
Welcome. I'm glad to see yours lasted 12 years. I hope you don't crochet the anymore