September 15th, 2005. Day 1.
not more than four days. here we see my hair feigning nonchalance after i sewed in locks from my old set. this did not last.
one month in. they were ridiculous and nothing more than a rats nest. rip and twist REALLY helped, as did washing them gently on a 7-day schedule. because of the short length, these dreads began life thinner than pencils and stayed that way until their chop.
the front at 1.5 months. coming together pretty well because the front is easiest for me to reach. good photographic proof of their skinniness.
two-ish months, maybe less. their condition improved after a (shoddy) bleach job. Lish, don't say anything. you can also see how fucking quickly my hair grows.
i waxed them the next day. a lot. this actually helped them down the line, in that i realized it was a damn stupid fucking thing to do and didn't repeat the mistake. but, it did help hold the babies together.
still doing the sewing-old-dread-in-the-front.
three months. those blonde girlburns were mad fucking sexy, in my opinion. dreads becoming less baby, more infantile here. i loved this length.
and then everything went nuts! month 8:
the back, holy shit. i was so happy they were this wild. can you spot the rattie?
then i get lazy and don't take pictures for a month or so. here they are at a year:
this is around when i started feeling dissatisfied with my locks. i had been using crochet hooks on them very frequently and the results were showing in the neat, uniform look of my dreads. unfortunately, i wanted wild, messy, overwhelming tangles. as i found out, it's much easier to tidy mature dreads than it is to make them wild again.
14 months. these pictures make them look a lot fatter than they actually were.
15 months, getting a tattoo touched up. look how SKINNY they are!!!!
they suddenly went through an impressive growth spurt
i didn't much like the length post-growth spurt, so i cut off the new growth:
short again, fuzzy after a shower. i was trying to combine them in bunches of 2 and 3 dreads.
august, contemplating a change
so I shave the sides into a hawk and feel satisfied.
...for awhile, at least. we all know where that led:
so there is my timeline, nostalgia and all. i really want to reiterate the point i tried to make up there: crochet hooks, when used properly and frequently, will tighten dreadlocks into neat, uniform cylinders. this was the opposite of what i desired, and the dissatisfaction that resulted was a primary reason for cutting off these, my second set.