I started my dreads in July. I'd flirted with the idea a few times before, but gotten cold feet and combed them out after a few weeks each time. I am a recovering addict and had a bad relapse and had to move home to detox, and for about a month, I unintentionally utilized the neglect method simply because I was too sick to bother combing or brushing my hair, so I'd just shower and go back to bed (longtime user of dr. bronners, so I think that helped). Once I got well enough to start caring about my appearance, I realized that I had little dreadlings starting and figured what had previously seemed like a major change - letting my hair lock - now seemed minor in comparison to what laid before me as far as getting clean was concerned.
Today, I'm about ten and-a-half months clean and my dreads are just about that old. I love them.
About a month.
At about two months, I had a teletubby thing going on. I wore a headscarf a lot.
I stopped taking pictures for a while after this. My life was normalizing and also I sort of felt like my hair looked like crap. It wasn't until recently that I noticed a change.
I took these today. I'm hoping to tackle some of my loops at some point. I don't mind a few but some of the bigger ones bother me. I struggle to keep my hands off, because my hair is very curly and the top of my head is growing in all loose little curls, but the last thing I want to do is break or weaken any of my dreads, so I'm working on it.
I love looking at everybody's pictures; thanks for looking at mine!