Hey, I just joined this community. I love dreadlocks, they just rock my socks off. I've been wanting them for a while, but i'm not quite ready to do ALL my head, so I started with one. and then it ended up being really huge, so I ripped it in two while it was still just a few days old, so now I've got two. they're just a few weeks old, still not locked up, but getting better. My friend insists that if I just made a few braids and left them alone, they would turn into dreads, because that's how she got hers. But I tried that, and all the hair started getting really messy and falling out at the top, so I relented and did the backcombing/wax thing, which seems to be working better. I'm so impatient... i want dreads nowwwwwww... :-) but hey, I admire all you people with beautiful dreads. you rock.