my hair looked a lot like yours when i started dreading im 6 months now. i know it sucks being patient. but thats what i had to learn after 11 hours of backcombing and then washed them the knotts came right out so then i finally left it alone and just ripped them when they started getting matted at the scalp and now my dreads are zigg zagging up into REALLYYY tight dread locks and its only been 6 months. i would suggest.
gettin a cup fill the bottom with Dr bronners soap. and about 1/2 cup baking soda and fill the rest with water when in shower and flip your hair upside down poor cup in water then squish hair together so it creates SOME bubbles then put in hair tie and wash evrything do your shower things then wash out thouroughly should feel squeeky clean after. makes dread locks superrrr tight