Welcome and Happy Dreading.
Always, Hippie Love
Welcome to the community. You may find this useful. (Dead URL) http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/some-links-for-those-new-to-the-forum/a>
Welcome. Eagle's right about the braids. It will take longer for them to lock up. If you took them out, your hair would probably be kinked enough to start locking pretty quickly. Hopefully your roots aren't being puled tight. You should never see your scalp showing between your sections
welcome but just so you know braids to dreads are slower then any other method since they have to unbraid themselves to become dreads
natural aka freeform will dread faster then starting with braids
the tighter the braids are the slower it will be
Welcome Ana to this wonderful site. Everything you need to learn can be found in the dreaducation section at the top of the site. I also did T&R. That is a blueprint of where your dreads will be. They will change in appearance, loop, loosen, get frizzy and shrink. All this is normal, so don't worry when things look different, that just means they started the journey. Peace