i've never done one of these, this is my second set of dreads and they are two years old as of this month. this is a large collection, so beware before viewing! (they aren't huge or anything, just lots of pictures)
this set has been kind of weird for me. i'm not nearly as attached as i was to my first set. my first set also had tons of crap in them, wire, strings, glued in odds and ends, and ... dreaded wax! which i quit using shortly after.
this set has been really clean. no wax, nothing but hair, no beads or doo-dads. i back combed them once and let them go. i love them dearly. they've been feeling longer and longer here lately. sleeping on them has suddenly become really awkward, i have to bundle them up and set them on top of my head. i cant imagine what that is like for those of you with longer locks!
these days, i'm referred to as the "hippy" at work, which is really bothersome because i AM NOT. as a matter of fact the other day at work, i stepped out for a quick break (i work in a kitchen) and a friendly co-worker wrote, in HOT FUDGE mined you, "BITCH ASS HIPPY!" all over my station. not cool. i then proceeded to seek revenge by placing a spoon in a 500 degree oven for about 5 minutes and dropping it into his pocket when he wasn't looking. that'll teach 'em. he then made threats to burn off my hair. whatever, says i!
(lot of pictures, i warn.)
(this was not photo-shopped, the color was just that insane.)
just washed today.