You'll continue this A-B Maintenance routine until your dreads are locked. It will maintain a dreadlocking environment where new knots can be created at the speed that the hair grows. This is because the Dread Soap leaves no residue whatsoever on the surface of the hair strands.
Within the dreadlock community there is a lot of terminology that is sometimes thrown around and not a whole lot out there to clarify what exactly that terminology.
For all types of hair, the eventual goal is a more mature stage, which occurs after two years or more. At this point, the pattern of hair growth is more or less.
If you're about to embark on a dreadlocks journey, you need to know your strands will go through: starter, budding, teen, mature, and rooted.
Locks maturity can very person to person. Depends on the method you used to make them, your hair type and how much you wash them. Typically, they start to.