Mushrooms grow in the dark, dreads do not. Hair needs to be free in the wind, wind causes knots. By your pic, your hair is short, the ideal length when it starts to dread is 6 inches. It will separate when shorter, but won't turn into dreads yet. Why do people believe the myth that dirty hair makes dreads-the opposite is true, clean hair makes dreads. If hair is dirty, pollution will stick to it, lint will stick to it, smells will stick to it, and it will have it's own smell funk. Wash 2-3 times a week.
Your process is slow because of hair length. Biotin is a pill form that can be found at your local drug store in the vitamin section for under $10. Take for 3 months, it promotes hair growth.
What are you using to wash with? If it is a regular shampoo, it may have built in conditioners. Besides your hair length, it may be what you use.
Having an extremely oily scalp will also slow down the process, do you normally have oily hair? It is okay to rinse your hair everyday, as long as it drys completely before bed, but out of curiosity, why do you?
Please listen to Soaring Eagle and his tips, you have seen his 22 year old natural locks. You can believe he did not get them from trying to grow fungus on his head
Are you using sea salt sprays. Use a spray bottle with sea salt in it and spray on hair. Leave this on for no longer than 2 hours before washing it out as it can dry the hair otherwise.
You have had patience and that is wonderful for you, much inner strength. Hang in there, let your hair grow. If you can answer the question, maybe we can help you more. Wash with? Oily scalp? Rinsing every day why?.....Peace