One day in my dread journey, I woke up and realized I actually had real dreads. I suspect you (Koru) will wake up one day to the same realization. ;o) I think it was around 5 months?
I use t-shirt sleeves and love them too. I use one for when I'm putting my dreads back in a ponytail. Holds better than anything else I've found, except tying the dreads themselves, of course.
I realized the other day that my dreads look like they are finally starting to get longer! Yay! My husband noticed, too. That is what I'm sometimes impatient about w/my dreads. I feel weird with short-looking hair because I've had long hair for years and years. Plus they were recently in this stage where they'd get stuck on the collar of my fav. hoodies and curl funny. It was rather annoying, but now they aren't doing it as much.
BTW, Koru, nice to know you think I'm cool, lol. Somehow my 2 oldest dds have hit that stage where they think anything but, lol. My oldest has Aspergers and has gone thru a holistic healing protocol for her co morbids. The healing that has happened has made her go thru her teen years (she's 23) to some degree, complete with eye rolling. At least their friends think I'm cool, lol! What do my kids know at this point anyway?
Looking forward to seeing how much more my dreads will protect my head from my bees this Spring. I discovered last year that if I pile them just so, there's no way a stinger can reach my scalp. Last year I also discovered that a new bee suit was in order, rather than just a veil. Having boobs made my veil harder to close properly and I found out what happens when bees get stuck in your dreads!