I started my second set of dreads this weekend. Last time I had dreads, they were in a hawk, and I used wax and bands and all sorts of no-nos. They never quite matured or locked properly, and I ended up cutting them off after about 6 months.
Now, after a little over a year of research and prep, my hair got to the length I wanted, and I'm starting a set with no product. Just backcombing and a crochet needle. Aside from simply liking the way they look, having dreads is going to be an exercise in patience for me. Normally, I can't go more than a few weeks without re-dyeing, shaving, or cutting something. Obviously, I won't be able to do much of anything for a bit while these mature. I'm going to try and keep these for at least a year or two. I already love the way they feel.
My boyfriend started back-combing and crocheting my hair on Saturday. Last night (Tuesday), we finished the last of them. I have 28 dreads, and they're super tight and cute.
Here's some pictures taken during the dreading process:
I kept tying the finished ones out of the way with a handkerchief, totally oblivious that I looked like this:
And here's the 'finished' product: