this is what crochet will do to your dreads!
this is a guide to creating and maintaining crocheted dreadlocks, however this method is not recommended because of the extreme damage caused and the excessive maintenance involved.
first lets talk about the issues:
the quest for perfection
dreadlocks are not meant to be perfect, but in todays corporate environment neatness may be a factor, so many opt for crocheting to create very neat tidy dreads. the problem with this is multiple issues.
1: the dreads have a distinct woven look very different from the natural growth so constant touch ups are needed to keep uniformity
2:when shoving a metal hook through a dread you break more hairs then you "fix" so the tidiness only lasts a week or 2 then the dreads get extra fuzzy and need to be crocheted again to fix the damage caused by crocheting
3:it becomes a never ending cycle of damage and repair, many continue crocheting year after year weekly or bi weekly, even up to 15 hours at a time>
4: over time the dreads become "perforated" and weak, even in extreme cases falling off or becoming very thin especially at the roots.
5: the dreads when crocheted obsessively can look "fake" having had all the natural personality woven out of them.
6: crocheting even one time just to start will delay any progress by 6 months or more the extreme tightness does not alow movement so they do not dread until they are allowed to loosen enough to dread this takes a very long time.
if you did start your dreads with crochet, stop, they should recover eventually unless the damage has progressed too far. i included the above video as a guide, crocheting dreads is an option for professional environments especially when permanence is not expected. however, neatness can also be acheived by just pulling your dreads back neatly, smoothing with aloe, or wearing a tram or wrap.
note to professionals:
no employer has the right to limit your freedom of religion, this does not mean you have to be rasta to wear dreadlocks. haveing any religions or spiritual belief connected to dreading is enough, even just believing in remaining natural. therefore they cannot demand neatness that is not reasonable while folowing a nazerite like vow to not maintain your hair. reasonable expectations can only include hiding the dreads or styling them in a presentable manor (tied back neatly)
this video also should be watched and understood fully