I started my dreads March 5th 2013.
I had someone section and backcomb my hair and then crochet the backcombed sections into tighter locks to begin.
I had hair that was just past chin length in the front and past shoulder length in the back, and I lost a good 2/3 of the length in the process.
I have 49 dreads now. I actually started with 44, and between "week one" photos and "1 month" photos I had the person who started my dreads take 7 of the bigger dreads around the left side of my head and in back and turn that 7 into 12, giving me 5 more dreads. I'm glad I did that as I think it will let them lay better and part better for me, and it was done early enough that no harm was done.
YOUTUBE 6 MONTHS UPDATE
updated by @joseph-oahu: 01/13/15 09:57:33PM