One thing my daughter learned as her dreads locked was she wished she had used rubber bands closer to her hair color. As the dreads lock, they tend to latch to the rubber bands and pieces of the rubber bands were absorbed into the hair leaving black specks. They have since all been removed, but if she had used lighter bands they wouldn't have shown.
She has to look somewhat conservative at her job, so she has acquired many different tams and hats. She also ordered clip on brunette bangs. She's wearing them in this picture with a dark hat. Her dreads are currently pink.