Welcome. At least you're only doing it every 6 months. Many people do it weekly, or monthly. But even twice a year does considerable damage, Like Barrellady said, every time you pass the hook through your lock, it shreds hundreds of hairs. This weakens your locks and, over time, will cause them to snap in places. It'll happen later for you, because you're not "fixing" them that often. But it will still happen.
There's no need to maintain your locks at all. Those loose hairs get sucked in over time. And crocheting only serves to break your hair and create more loos hairs to pop out, making you think you need to to maintain them more.
welcome but u shouldnt be pulling in loose hairs and congos become "oficial" whatever that means on thier own
but at least u kept it to every 6 months
Hi Zack and welcome to the dread community. Your dreads are 4 now, congrats, they suit you. Did you know you don't have to maintain them, just keep them clean. No need for a repair every 6 months with a hook. If you want your dreads to last for life, you really should stop using it, every time is passes through the dread, hundreds of hairs get broken, leaving no full length strands to hold that dread together. One day they WILL start breaking off, and that would suck.. But yeah, nice dreads.....Peace
Some people spend hours Back combing or TnRing their hair. It can be done. But why hurt your hands and arms trying. It's easier to let it happen on it's own. Or you can do a quick TnR yourself. It doesn't have to be tight or neat. TnR locks tend to come untangled in the first few washes, anyway.
I can't wait to see your timeline, as it progresses. We have an entire forums for timelines
Welcome to the community Ed and to the best site on the web for healthy dread information. Bucks County Soap and DreadlocksShampoo are the best dread shampoos & bars, you got that right. The Dreaducation section is the best place to start for information....Enjoy your upcoming journey.....Peace
Welcome. I wish I had had a good source when I started. I hope we can help you with any questions, and when you get discouraged