It's good to be back.
Yeah, you should document your progress too! Would be nice to see it around here!
What about your workplace? still you haven't had any "problem"?
Well, actually you are probably right. With time, crocheted dreads shrink a lot! So probably you would have ended with one heavy dread.
I also had crocheted dreads. I got them done 2 years ago and combed them out after 6 months and a half and I just crocheted once. Now I am starting freeform dreads and also kinda aware of job seeking, but anyways, my hair is gonna take loooong time to dread, so probably it won't be "an issue" once I got into a place. :P
I have still my timeline on my page, if you are curious to see how they ended.
Well, actually I would recommend you not crochet anything. I did just once and I think for straight haired people is pointless. At least for me, was like... I always had stubborn hairs which just refused to knot in despite all the times I tried to attach them to the nearest dread and all.
I guess also with straight hair, maybe are gonna be always fly aways (I guess you already have seen the dreadlocks from a girl who writes a blog called "Galapril", she has straight hair and her dreads were done with T&R method and she has lot of loose hairs and they look super cool). And yeah, after doing crochet, backcomb or t&r they are gonna change... a lot! I've read with the T&R method is probable that it shrink less than with any other method. I started with a hair chest size and it ended up to my ear size.
Actually, if you just let them be, they are not gonna be like those super neat dreads we see everywhere from people who do lot of maintenance on them, but in my opinion, dreads that don't look all the same, have more "character" and it's kinda funny and interesting to see how each one is getting different shape and stuff.
Also... I think a mistake I did with my first set of crocheted dreadlocks was to cut some hairs from the roots that were coming together. I think I will never to that again.
I also had lot of problems with dandruff and itchiness that I kinda relieved a bit with tea tree essential oil. I also began to use knotty boy peppermint spray for "the itchy scalp" but I personally don't recommend you to use any of those products (maybe you already know that). It kinda felt cooling effect probably because of the peppermint, but afterwards my hair felt a bit sticky... So after that I learned on just rely myself on essential oils, haha.
And I know now, straight haired people have to be overly patient with dreadlocks. I have already one week without combing and I look like... nothing had happened. I even saw today some people on the test room who probably combed this morning and who looked even messier than me, and that was kinda funny. :D
I think also I have an "asian like" hair, but I decided to go now on freeform, because 2 years ago I went through backcombed/crochet method and my dreads on the 4th month turned out extremely hard and compact I could barely bend them, major shrinkage and also some problems with the roots (some thinning and others coming together).
My theory is that if I let my hair dread on its own pace, then they might become good dreads. The downside is because my hair is sooooo straight, is gonna take me ages.
Sometimes I feel tempted to try on the T&R, in case I notice I can't make any knots. So would be cool if you continue updating your journey to see how it turns for you, I might use the information as a guide too!
Yeah, actually... I've seen a lot that people who share dread pictures on messy stages, they even dare to say "those are not dreads", that they have to look perfect, same size, without fly aways, neat and all...
Or if you have them, immediately people think you don't take showers and stink. The funny thing is that often deadheads have the better smell because of the cleaning method used or because essential oil use.
Actually the thing that worries me now a little bit is because I am starting my freeform journey and then if I have to tie my hair, who knows if it's gonna be more difficult to create knots. My hair is super straight that anyways is gonna take me ages, I think I'm already mentally prepared for that, haha. I have already one week of not combing my hair and it pretty much looks the same that no one have noticed it, so it's gonna be interesting what would happen with it in the future.
I actually wonder what would happen now that I'm starting my freeform dread journey and I'm about to look for a job as a cook, haha.
Probably they won't tell me anything, since I won't be seen by customers. But I've seen lot of people in the country where I live with dreads in the schools, also as teachers, in stores, bars, restaurants. But maybe in the country where I am from, people tends to be more close minded on those aspects and there it would be "a problem" to get a job.