This is my second dread journey, currently ten months in on October seven. First time dreading was in 2016, for seven months. When I started my hair was middle of my back, within three months it was shoulder length. I dyed my hair several times and I believe I over maintenanced it. My dreads were too close to my scalp and caused tension sores. I ended up shaving my head and restarted dreads December seventh 2017. I have used the twist and rip and back combing and crochet methods.