Lol...I remember those silly questions: "How do you wash your hair?" Um...with shampoo.
I've had more than one set of dreads, so I already know to expect them to look crappy in the beginning. SOLUTION: A Bandana
But here's my horror story: One time, the reason I had to shave off my beautiful, slightly past shoulder-length dreads because we went on vacation. During the weekend, my cousin managed to give me a wonderful present...LICE. Now - I was used to a little itching, so I didn't notice right away. Someone else pointed it out to me. Glad it was my sister. Yuck...I couldn't keep all that in my hair so I had to shave them off after killing the lice. I didn't even think about dreads again for a long, long time. I was heartbroken!!