welcome but the needle is a horible thing to do to dreads
Your profile is so who I am as a Mum of 2 kids and house wife, 49 years old and very spiritual and love wood products, I make buttons by slicing thinpieces of wood from a branch and drilling2 holes in them, also I thinly slice bigger branches and dry them over thecoal range realy quick and they change shape into little bowls.And I also love nature and the forest.
I see your comment on conditioner, you can use conditioner when the dreads are both mature and locked but any time before will unravel them and the drying out of the hair actually helps the dreads lock.
All the best,
well 1st u do wash dreads natural too your hairs trying to dread already..let it wear a tam to keep sawdust out
and just stop combing and conditioned and seperate em as u see fit
welcome but sounds more like you should try natural dreads seems like it fits your personality more