Catering to a longtime obsession with dreads, I have joined this community and spent several highly enjoyable hours with the stunning photographs archived here. You're all crazy awesome.
Economically (and impatiently), I will leap straight in with two questions. The first: exactly how long does one's hair have to be in order to dread? I was planning on dreading my hair last year, but had a change of heart and cut it extremely short instead. I think I want to try again this fall, at which point my hair will be somewhere in the vicinity of the tops of my shoulders. Is that long enough, or do you think I should wait? Does anyone have any experience with dreading short hair in particular and/or advice to offer?
The second question is purely aesthetic and thereof slightly embarrassing: would I look okay with dreadlocks? I've gotten a lot of conflicting opinions since I first started voicing my desire to dread my hair, and I figured the experts here were some of the best to pose the question to.