Due to being uninformed, lazy and new to the whole dreadlock experience I made quite a few rookie mistakes. I put wax in it for the first couple weeks. Ugh! I did pretty much no maintenance, so my quirky and interesting loops soon formed zig-zags that grew into each other and formed very large, very fat (yet, oddly flat), and pretty darn short dreads. Does that make sense? So my hair is probably 4-6 inches shorter than it was pre-dreads. I've been washing with the Dreadheadhq shampoo and Dr Bronner's (I like lavender and peppermint). I wash probably once or twice a week.
A couple weeks ago I carefully brushed out a dread next to my face, because it had swallowed a bead and I wanted to get the bead out. Then I re-dreaded the hair. But when it was loose, my gods, it was sooo much longer than the rest of my dreads! That's when I went "damn! they have shrunk so much!" When I combed out that one dread, there was icky gunk left on the comb... probably from the wax I had put in my hair.
So, since the school year is almost over, I am going to comb out my dreads and then start over. I am a middle school teacher, so I'd like to wait to fuck with my hair until I do not have to work every day. I am hoping that Lish will have time to do them for me. I live in Tukwila, so I'm very close to Seattle.
I dyed my hair purple the day before dreading started. This is mostly finished. Don't worry, I took all the rubber bands out a few days later.
This was taken at about 3-4 months.
These next two pictures are from about 6 months.
Here is a close up of one of the funky ones.
This is what I was trying to explain, about how the zig-zags stuck together and made the dread much shorter, and fatter, and flatter at that point.
Here are a bunch more that have the same problem.