Yeah, I wish I could just let my hair go all crazy and run barefoot through the woods, but....I just got a new job position, new boss, and a raise. I deal with the public in a medical setting, so I need to look neat and clean. However, I can just tidy my dreadlocks myself at home with a needle (not crotchet). I have read how to do that, and it sounds like it is not damaging. I'm not worried about roots etc, mostly just having a general, overall, tidy appearance for work. If I can control the strays, and gently tie these locks into a neat bun, I will be OK, and I think I can forget about the extensions. I'm beginning to just let that whole idea go. It sounds like more hassle than it is worth right now, you guys are right. It would cost lots 'n lots of money (she quoted me $1000 for synthetic, if I want human hair I have to buy that myself on top of it), and I can imagine it adds alot of stress to the dreadlocks when they aren't fully matured. That is a very good point you guys have made. Thanks for all the helpful advice. I am sticking around the forum, but I hope I won't have to bug you guys anymore. You've all been very patient with me, and I appreciate it.