I currently hail from the San Francisco Bay Area. I spent my whole adult life in a conservative biotech work environment until 2 years ago when I left to write for a small photography company. It's awesome, and the freedom to be whoever I wanted to be is addicting.
That said, I've had my dreads since September and, unfortunately, started off on the wrong foot. They're coming along pretty well despite everything but after reading through all the memories here I know have some wax removal and deep cleaning in the very near future.
My natural dreads are about 6 inches long at this point, with extensions bringing them to about boob-length. I would like to remove these in due time, but I'm a little bit dependent on the length since it makes styling a lot easier.
Thanks to everyone for asking all the questions I should have asked nine months ago, and to Lish for keeping this info organized. I'm really looking forward to learning and staying inspired through your experiences.
First week: (I have cut and removed the string since this was taken)
A couple of months later:
I love wearing them up:
I used to keep a photo-a-day project going (although it's slowed down considerably in the last year) so my dreads do make an appearance every now and then.