If you don't want to start the dreads yourself, visit a local salon or hairstylist to receive a dread perm.
How to make dreads in short hair.
The locking process should be complete in 6 to 12 months.
A hairdresser normally is involved in this method as it requires parting the hair and twisting it into sections using a small toothed comb.
Since your hair needs to be clean to dread properly, I highly recommend washing once every 7 days.
Secure them with rubber bands or small plastic elastics.
Divide hair with a comb in four large sections and secure them with clips.
My recommendation would be to find locticians on Instagram or Facebook and ask to see before and after photos of people who have started their locs by braiding, with a similar hair texture as yours.