January 2000, approximately 3-4 months after I first got the twists put in. You can see how the hair has shrunk up! Also, the dreads have gotten thicker, melding together. The ends are still rough and will be for a long time. I have had a few ends break off as there are weak areas in the thinner dreads esp the ones up front (something to keep in mind if you are thinking of getting really thin dreads- breakage possibilities increase).
Also, you can see that since I moved to California, I treated myself to some blond dreads. You can't see it, but there are also some blue dreads too.