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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