So third time round, all I did was section and backcomb. I've done pretty much no maintenance apart from ripping them apart to keep seperate. I've never palmrolled, and due to this I have odd lumps and bends and about 8 or so flat dreads but I love them all the more for their idiosyncracies and weirdness.
6 months in I had lost a lot of length, so added some of my boyfriend's cut dreads as extensions (tutorial is in the memories somewhere), and they've held up well, although even since adding the extensions my hair has shrank a bit. I am sure at some point they will stop shrinking and start to grow.
I have noticed people react to me differently since the dreads. I've been assumed to be a vegetarian, a stoner, and a crusty who doesn't wash. I got thoroughly searched on the way into festivals (never used to happen pre-dreads), but on the other hand I noticed that strangers will just come up and start conversations, using my hair as an excuse, which is nice.
I'm hoping to have these for a long time yet. I added some wraps of coloured string to brighten them up a little and to make them more cheerful in this horrible cold grey time of year.
Seriously, this is such a great community. Everyone here has been amazingly inspiring and friendly and helpful and all around fantastic.
Best community on LJ, for sure.
side of head
updo: how I wear them for work