new here with just a couple day old dreads :)
IMHO the best route is natural:) Just leave them be (don't stop separating though) and they'll do their own thing. Btw, they never went out of style;) Lol. I've only been letting my hair dread for 11 days so I'm definitely not the most experienced, but I'd be happy to answer any questions you have. Have fun!
Oh, and I've been washing my hair every two or three days, I don't see anything wrong with it and my hair has still been making wonderful progress.