Check out that vid. It'll stop your from palm rolling right in your tracks. It does noting good for them. If you do it lightly, you won't see any progress. It makes them look clean for an hour or so. But when you sleep or wash, all the progress goes away. If you do it enough to see knots form, it's too hard, and you destroy your roots
Glad to hear you stopped using bands. That's a big step forward.
Most soaps leave a residue. If you are going to wash with a soap, it has to be a non residue one. Dreadlockshampoo.com sells the bes. They work in hard or soft water. Dr. Bronners is great too. But that one only works in soft water. I love the BS/ACV wash. But again, it only works well in soft water.
Welcome. I see a few issues with yourmaintenance. First, towel rubbin gyour head is not great. It doesn't hurt them, but it does just creaet a generalknottyness that needs to be separated more often. And the next time you rub your head, it can undo the progress from the last time.
Second: Rubber bands are elastic. They pinch your locks in unnatural ways and create weak spots that can cause your locks to snap off in time. They can also get sucked into your locks and lost. If this happens, they end up rotting inside and growing mold and mildew. Plus, rubber bands keep your hair from moving, which prevents tangling.
Third: Why only wash with water? This doesn't clean your head. You need to use soap to have a healthy scalp. A good non residue soap works wonders