I'm about 10 days short of 3 months into my first go at the "dread journey". I started with twist and rip, like you hoping to skip a few stages and to have something a little more dread-looking to start with..but after my first washing half of the sections came out, and they've continued to come out. I think I have maybe 4 or 5 sections left and I started with 20 something...It could be my hair type, it could be the person didn't T&R right - but I just want to give you a heads up, that in my experience after the first washing you tend to lose a lot of ground. Maybe your hair will be more cooperative.
One piece of advice I'd give to you from one dread-noobie to another is don't tell a lot of people you are getting dreads on a certain day, because most people have no idea how long it really takes, they expect you to come in the next day looking like Bob Marley and you get bombarded with questions like "I thought you were getting dreads??" - it just seems easier to follow the method you prefer on the down low.
Good luck with whatever you choose, and don't worry about pleasing anyone but yourself.
updated by @premo: 07/23/15 08:11:06AM