I've had my dreads for about 4 months now and I started out with a dread perm. I know there's a lot of conflicting talk on getting a dp, but personally I've had a fine time with 'em and as you'll see in my most recent picture, they're starting to lock up pretty nicely. It does however fry the shit out of your hair and if you're not going to chop your locks off eventually.. I wouldn't recommend it. Just make sure if you do get it done, that it's by someone who actually knows what they're doing and are good at it. Otherwise you won't be happy- I've definitely heard a few horror stories.
I posted this pic on here right before I left:
This was a few weeks into Tanzania, with one of my favorite little girls. Can't see my dreads very well in it, but I thought I'd share anyways.
And this is just now, back in Seattle's cold rainy weather. Woo.