Thin hair Question
I also would say that it isnt necasarry,
but i think that starting with braids can be very effective not necesarly for thr knotting but i think that with braiding you can control better the sections of your dreads.
My little sister sometimes makes cornroes (not sure if i wrote it right) in the summer and she leves them like the whole summer and in the end she gets a few pretty neat and nice sectioned dreads but she always combs or cut them out when they are too knotted.
what i was saying is that it also can be a method to start dreads and i think you should try it because as far as i know we have very few to no reports on this site of ppl. who started their dreads this way.
It would be interesting to see how it turns out and how well it works because we have informations about nearly every method how to start dreads but not about this one.
so i would say do it, could be a cool experience