I started mine at 39 and I'm 41 now, my dreadies will be 2 in September. Welcome!!
updated by @Mons: 05/31/15 12:21:46PM
That is all part of the dreading JOURNEY. It's a journey for a reason, you travel, you learn, you grow. Dreads really don't happen over night. It takes time, patience, frustration, patience, time and patience. Backcombed and TnR dreads fall out. Read thru the dreaducation section of this site, Heed the advice and words of the people typing to you, we've been there, we've done it, we really do understand and know what we're talking about. It takes TIME for dreads to form. Some will fall out, some will knot right up. The important thing is to educate yourself about that process so you don't freak out, re-back comb or re-twist and do long term damage to your hair and scalp. Let them be, let them grow, let them become dreads on their terms. The more you try to force, the more they will rebel and misbehave. A lot like a teenaged boy.