3 1/2 month update... real life happened and the regular picture taking stopped which i'm still kicking myself about. things are progressing a hell of a lot faster than I had figured they would especially given the method used. the tips have all come out but I kinda like the look of the dreaded hair with long undreaded tips. they are deffinetly doing many interesting things as time goes on, looping and kinking up EVERYWHERE. I've got a couple that have taken on distinct lightning bolt shapes as they've flattened and kinked, and one of em is looking quite a bit like a blonde candy cane lol. its also becoming really obvious that I sleep on one side far more than the other because the left side is dreading up much faster than the right.
preventing congos is proving to be a bitch, seems like every day, and soemtimes multiple times a day I'll find a couple of em that just insist on trying to meld together, which is a problem since already some of em are thicker than I would like (and those are the ones that insist on getting friendly with each other.) again, probably due to the method and not having the sectioning be natural. while I still don't regret my choice personally, when my GF mentioned to me her plan to dread her mohawk once it grows out longer I very emphatically led her far far away from the crotchet method.
as for various problems i've run into, the congoing I mentioned is the biggest one currently, so bad in fact that after a week of getting busy and not paying attention to it, two of them had melded together so tightly I had to... *shudder* use a knife to seperate them enough to actually pull them back apart. had it been some of the smaller ones I wouldn't have cared but these where to of the largest and I didn't want this one massive dread sticking off to the side. chainmail issues have gone away, I figured out a method for putting it on and off that protects my hair from all the sliding rings. also discovered a couple baby dreads at the back that are going a bit weird, they are super thick puff balls at the tips that go into super thin super tight dreads towards the roots, I assume this is due to wearing bandanas a lot, but with winter coming on and my switching to touqes that will hopefully fix itself.
far as maintenance goes, all i'm doing is spending some time seperating them a couple times a day (when I remember) washing once a week with dreadlock shampoo its really wonderful stuff. with a couple times a week doing a hot water wash, generally before I go swimming (which i've been doing a lot of and probably helps to account for some of the speed at which they have been knotting)
gonna get the gf to take some pictures of the progress later on today, its been tough on ocassion, with more than a few cuddling related nose-ring + dread fiascos, but i'm still finding myself loving them more and more every day... do kinda miss being able to whip my hair around sometimes though, but that ability will be back and better than ever soon enough.