From Long Beach and still no dreads
Speaking as someone who made the salon mistake, I agree with soaring eagle. If you want them t form quicker I would think the twist and rip method would be the least damaging. I know for me I wish I had gone totally natural from the start, and that is something I do regret not doing, as to force your hair to dread can really be physically painful. I used to interlock my dreads, that REALLY hurts and is a REALLY bad idea, so is crocheting them.
I had heard somewhere that the Nazarites, plait their hair and then just leave it to develop. If I am mistaken on this, then someone please correct it.