Re: quick question
It doesn't seem that way--my brown set that I wear the most has lost pretty much any of the solidness that comes with the glue but the fibers are matted together enough to hold even through my stabbing 'em with hair sticks and tying them up on my head in a big knot. What I worry about the most is that they'll split and break apart and end up looking like someone's wearing a ratty ball of yarn on their heads, but this doesn't seem to be the case thus far.
I'm actually not sure how necessary the glue part is, but I've been working with chainmaille lately here and haven't made a set without to test. That being said, the way the brown set's held up seems to imply the glue's mostly there to keep the tied-off ends--the twist braids & plaits--from floofing. (The knots there'll be smaller than the worked-with, expanded dread end, which leads to a less smooth appearance.)