Hi! Thanks for the compliment, but it's still early days for me, though I have whatched many videos on youtube, I'm still very inexperienced.
I prefer the twist and rip process, this can be done in varying tightness, so you could go for a more natural look by leaving them less tight.. but twist and rip generally creates very cilindrical and neat looking dreads early on. Apparently this method also takes longer to "shrink" so you'll have neat dreads but without so much loss of length (I guess).
I believe that the size of the dread wil limit the number of dreads you have, the thicker you go. It really depends on what type and how much hair you have. I have thick hair and a fair amount of it. But looking at some progress timelines, I see that even if you start with thinner sections, as they dread (after about 1 year) they thicken up quite a bit!
My sections were roughly squarish, about 2-3-4 cm in width. I didn't follow any strict grid, just making sure to stagger the sections (like brick-laying) so that I don't end up with parting lines / bald areas.
I washed my hair about the 2nd day in, and as I had put rubber bands at the root and tip of the dreads, they didn't fall out. In fact I'm almost thinking that washing / swimming with them could help them dread. I used normal shampoo, (a minimal amount in the hair) making sure to wash it out thoroughly and also dry it quickly! (to avoid it getting mouldy)
Whatever be your path, good luck!
welcome how are u trying to start? read the dreaducation page 1st