Hello, new here. I'm a momma of two, for me my dreads signify a journey I've been on. I've lost 40 lbs in 4 months with the help of cardio, juicing and changing my lifestyle. I'm a nature lover, a girlfriend, a Siberian husky momma, a comedian at heart, and an artist. Well I've used the photos on this forum as inspiration, lessons learned, and just something to gaze at when I'm bored and I thought I'd share some of my progress photos thus far if anyone is interested. My dreads began on March 28th 2013 (today they are just over 4 months old) I had some blond growth coming in and the bottom of the hair was dyed brown. It has since faded and my hair has experienced some sun bleaching, I do not color it. I used the twist and rib method combined with backcombing. I did not use the metal comb as directed but I also don't have very much hair so I did bend some parts of it but it worked just fine. My hair was almost boob length before dreads but as I mentioned I don't have very thick hair. I have thin and layered Irish girl hair with a bit of curl in it. So far I have experienced crazy shrinkage, a dread splitting gone wrong, (HAHA...oh man) and a better understanding of the word PATIENCE. Enjoy! I will add more photos as time goes on. I put a bunch of photos in the album 0-4 months from before photos to today.... ALSO pictures of my failed dread splitting. week one: after this, They started to get crazier and crazier. I kept them mostly in a bandana until about 3 months... so instead of posting a million photos of me in a bandana i'll kind of skip to 3 months. Although if you're curious... there were many LOOPS, BUMPS, BENDS, And crazy things such as those. BOOM WHERE DID THEY GO. The bumps just continue to bump, and loop, and bend, until your skinny dreads become these fat short monster dreads haha so think about that when doing your sections. that's at about 3.5 months SO THEN I DECIDED. To split one of my dreads, because it was too big and was taking up a large vertical area directly on the back of my head pulling my scalp in all the wrong ways. I did it while it was wet, I pulled it apart and it just didn't work out very well. I saved the top part, but the bottom part just ripped out. Yes it hurt. It's okay though. I'm just happy its not bothering me anymore. once the hair grows in a bit more, I'm sure I can turn it into a little baby dread. 4 months 1 week, and i decided to comb out the dreads above my ears to frame my face. and that's where we are today! Through the good and the bad I really love my dreads. I hope we have many happy years together and they can remind me every day of the commitment I've made to better my body and mind and be the best I can be for myself and my loved ones. I will update you guys at 6 months and 1 year!