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Life Issues Facing Dreads
My mother loathed the idea of me growing dreads originally, but after four, maybe five months, she's totally digging it. You just gotta lead them into it slowly. :D
Welcome to the site first of all :D Now, to the questions. I'll answer as best as I can, since our hair is similar.
1. Dreads are basically circular mats, really. When the hair mats, it's on the way to becoming a dread.
2. Twice a week is good. Once a week is what I do, since I don't get oily at all. Make sure to use residue-free shampoo and don't condition.
3. For curlier hair, it seems around 8 months to 1 year and 2 months is usual. I'm about half-way to dreads (I think) at 5-6ish months.