Now, at 2.5 months post-backcomb, I have mostly brushable hair. Well, for a while I had some knots forming by the roots and I was pretty excited about it, thinking that *finally* something was happening. But alas, it was just that I was still in the middle of my post-partum shed when I backcombed, and all the hair that shed was getting caught in the backcombing, and sort of knotting. But not really, apparently, because the shed hair is currently coming loose from the dread and falling all over the house, leaving me with almost no knots at all (except after a shower, when I shampoo vigorously and it all mats together). Many of them are completely un-dreaded.
So. I'm feeling like I'm at a crossroads. I can leave them be until they're all fallen out. I guess there's a chance they'll start to form, but if they don't I can just start all over. Or I can comb them out now. I'm thinking I can convince my brother to do a better job of backcombing than I was able to myself.
It's just so depressing. 2.5 months, and now I'm looking at starting all over again. I'm really worried that my hair just isn't going to dread. Does that ever happen? For instance, I didn't dread the hair at the nape of my neck because there wasn't enough for good-sized dreads and I figured they'd get sucked in by a neighboring dread, but the hair there is still smooth and silky and annoyingly untangled. Is there hope? Some inspiring stories wouldn't go amiss here.
Edited to add another pic, where I've tried some of the methods recommended here. I likey.
And a close-up, showing the top two inches (the bead was to keep that dread from eating its brother, which it's not trying to do anymore):
These were from a few days ago, and since then a bunch more hair has come free of the dreads, and they're even more loose than ever. Everyone says be patient, but this can't be right...
Okay, this is where I r&t the dreads on the right front quadrant of my head, and then felted the ends a little:
My backcombed dreads never looked this good. This seems like it might work.