Hello, Im trisha. I'm New to dreads
well you came to the right place
just sit back..relax..and let the dreading process take over
you don't have to do anything to encourage dreads.. just stop preventing them
you don't need to palm roll or twist and rip ..or do anything but wash (and separate if desired which is recommended especially in the early stages
27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 9 feet long
Seems like you have a head start already, as mentioned, just continue to wash and separate and that's basically it. Separating can get a bit of chore but really helpful if you don't want congos.
I don't know anyone with dreadlocks either but this community has helped me tremendously so you'll find a lot of help here.