https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn4CaUwhCL0 I really loved her video tutorial, she will probably give you a few ideas. ^_^
I noticed that longer dreads are easier to tie up just with themselves, but when my dreads were short I would take a thick ribbon or like 2 inch strip of fabric and put it under all the dreads then tie the fabric in a tight bow on top of the ponytail. My dreads are too thick for actual ponytail holders, they snap as soon as I get them on.
I bought a pack of hair ties that are for "thick hair" and I keep it on my wrist all the time, when I want to quickly put my hair back I just pull it together and slip the hair tie over my hair, I don't band it over at all, and it holds really well. Or I will take one dread and wrap it around my pony tail and cross it back under by the root..... hope that makes sense!
what i do is grab 2 dreads from the middle/back of my neck and wrap them around over top of the rest of my dreads and tie them together, it seems to work pretty well for me
mines are still new, but this is the latest way i been doing things! :D
Jesus Freed My soul has a great video on how she ties hers up. I actually stole the style for my wedding. You just split your hair down the middle and twist them around themselves like you'd roll a piece of rope. Sorry, that's not very descriptive. the video does it more justice. There's a picture in my wedding album here that shows how it turned out on me too
im about to figure out how to do a tutorial for people with new dreads. i will take a shot at explaining it here tho. i take a dread near the top of my head and flip my hair upside down and wrap that dread around my other hair/dreads in a high ponytail. i also do a bun pretty much the same way and tuck the ends inside the bun!