I'll explain my situation, as I am 7 months in. Actually, maybe even 8?
Anyway, the fact that I smoke cannabis gets people asking if I'm a Rastafarian. I don't smoke a lot and when I do, it is CBD rich flowers(Usually very low in THC) for medical reasons. People say "Oh, this guys a poser he's got dreads but can't handle some good purple? Shiiit. This guys a fake, just trying to act hard." That's one thing I deal with. Then I get the looks from people of African descent and I can almost hear their thoughts. "Another white guy with dreads, must be one of them Buddhists preaching peace." Some of my family are racist, and I put up with that as well. They think it's cool cause I look like a stoner. The most common response I get, living in Vallejo CA, is "Maaan, this guy tryna be black." Ironically, most if not all negative responses I get come from, like others here have said, people with artificial, or short dreads. I'd type more, but I have to leave right now. I hope you can find solace in whatever your decision.