I decided to approach my retightening a little different this go around and I sectioned my hair off in four (lower half of the back, crown, right side, left side). So I started on Monday and completed a section each night, I really didn't check how many hours it took because I was stopping for anything and everything. I just wanted to finish off a section every night. This go around my index finger isn't throbbing from the tool, and I didn't intertwine as many locks as my last retightening, learning my lesson :-). It is definitely getting easier and I'm also getting more proficient in it, I can tell which rotation I left off on just by feeling the lock and I don't need a mirror or as many clips to keep the locks surrounding the one I'm working on from getting caught. Right now I'm on a 4 week schedule and I get close to two rotations so I may push my schedule to every 3 weeks, but that might be a little too frequent (more than my mos cycle) LOL!!
Now this is the first time I washed my hair right after doing a retightening and it actually felt so soothing to have the water run through my hair with the roots being tight. The benefit of this is I didn't have to separate because there is no new growth to matte together, it was great!
So I'm now an official DIY'er!!