Newbie needs advice!
So I am brand spanking new to this site and I am so happy I have found it! I don't know anyone with dreads. Everything I know I have pretty much taught myself or picked up on here or there. So, I have a few questions. I have had my dreads for about 13 months now and I'm really happy to have them. They have matured to a nice place and I'm comfortable with them, but now I need less. I have well over 100 and thats just too many to maintain. I know on this forum, most people prefer completely natural, but unfortunately I have to keep mine up for work (I use the crochet hook). So, whats the best way to go about combining them? Adding hair wraps/felted wool? I would love to add some colorful decorations to my hair. I just don't know how to go about doing it. Next question, my dreads along my front hairline are starting to drive me bonkers!!!!!! They're poky n just kind of pop from the root. How can I get them to lay more flat? It drives me wild when I pull my hair back and I have 1 or 2 dreads just stick straight out the side of my head. Next question, to remain blonde or go back to my natural color...? I just love love LOVE having blonde hair. When it works out. It seems so difficult sometimes to get it just right. I am a licensed cosmetologist, so I know what I am doing, but damn is it difficult to get it right with dreadlocks. Running in and out of the shower to see if I need to tone or if I need more or wondering if I left it on for too long. UGH! And I hate washing my hair too much, because since I have so many little dreads they come apart easily. But I REALLY enjoy the contrast it offers when you add decorations into your hair, the bright blonde up against the bright colors. I just wish I had someone else to do it for me really. And one more question! I promise. Some of my dreads have taken on really strange shapes at the roots. For example, some are triangular, some are long and more narrow, others are good, but as the root grows out it looks a lot flatter n starts getting funky looking. Is this all ok? Should I do something to correct this?
Here are some pics to show you the progression. Maybe you can tell me what you in think in comparison from then until now.
updated by @nicki-herrick: 01/13/15 09:37:51PM