About dreads and crochet hooks
Ok, I've read most of the replies and the starting post. I know what i'm going to say will not be very popular. My dreads were also made with e crochet hook. I don't use it to work on my dreads, only if some very weird bit of loose hair keeps on standing up (that just looks so silly). Then I put it in a dread but thats like almost never.
I'm also a member on a dutch dread forum where actually most of the people made their dreads with a crochet hook. Some of them even let their dreads "repair" as they call it or go to someone to make them "more presentable" also with the crochet hook. Now I constantly keep reading that your dreads will break off in a few months, that you will have multiple sets in just a year and so on. Now there are people there who have their dreads for 7, 10 of more years and they are still hanging on their heads. So for me that is just a very doom scenario and maybe it happens to people who really extremely over do it, but it's seriously not that horrible as presented here constantly.
Also, if you let your dreads do their thing, you really don't see the crochet structure any more, you just can't tell when they mature. I decided not to use a crochet hook to work on them because i just wanted to see the progress they make naturally. They were a huge mess for the last 3 months, I admit it was hard to not use that crochet hook but i survived. Now they are a bit older then 7 months and really starting to look nice.
So I just want to say, don't judge to much, especially if you for yourself don't have any experience with the crochet hook. She probably, just like the people on that dutch forum has dreads that will last for years even if she once and a while uses that hook. And it's ok to give some advise but I think it's wrong to push your opinion to someone else. If it is really that damaging they will see it for them selve.