Hi you said in another ask no crochet hooks in the early stages. How early? Just cause I've been using one on mine since the start as advised by my god mum who has had dreads on 2/3 different occasions.
Well, everyone’s different; some people have weak/thin hair and some people have strong/thick hair, so it really depends. But generally, I’d avoid using a crochet hook for at least 3 months. Yes I know people will say “I did it and my dreads are totally fine” etc, but it’s always better to be safe.
When you’re using a crochet hook, you break a lot of hairs in the process, which causes weak spots in your dreads. I’ve made that mistake, and I’ve pulled out a couple dreads on accident because of that. I’ve had a friend who’s dreads have broken off while diving from the impact of the water D:
In the end, every situation is different and you know your hair best. If you have to crochet, do it lightly. Your babies are still young and delicate, stabbing them repeatedly with crochet hooks might hurt them so :(