Welcome. The most healthy method is the natural method. That is, don't do anything other than wash. Through away your comb and brush, and let them form. Wash 2-3 times a week and let your hair section itself.
This method is not for everyone, though. In that case, the TnR method is most highly recommended. Back combing is alright, but it does do considerable damage to your hair.
No matter what method you choose, it takes between 1-2 years for mature locks to form. Some people see it happen faster. Others, like myself, took longer
welcome method natural products none (well a good dread shampoo like www.dreadlockshampoo.com
Welcome to the community Drea and to the best site on the web for all your healthy dread information. The dreaducation section is a great place to start, it's at the top of the site. Lots of info there. The neglect method is best, you just let your hair do its own thing, then twist & rip method is second best, but they do loosen and some fall out, so you kinda go backwards, neglect is quickest to mature dreads. What ever you decide after doing your research, let you hair section naturally first. In a couple of weeks of no brushing and no using regular shampoos, it will join into sections all on its own, pretty amazing....If you have any questions, feel free to ask us.
That shampoo looks nice but not dread friendly. Too many conditioning ingredients. Glycerin and jojoba oil would probably set you back in your journey. You could probably get away with using it once in a while if your dreads are mature. I would just suck it up and get the buck county shampoo. I know its expensive but really it's the best stuff for our locks. I still try regular shampoo once in a while but always end up regretting it and go right back to the bars. Good luck!
Duncan, the members tab you use is on this top of this site, fifth one to the right of the home page tab...peace
Go to the members section at the top and click on that, click on the white tab that says shampoo ingredients experts, click on that, now scroll down and you will see Mechell & Heather. By clicking on their photos it will get you to their page. Leave them each a comment about your shampoo, just copy and paste the ingredients I posted for you that I got off the web ......they will be able to tell you how good this will be, also let them know your water type, use the map I sent also...peace
wow thats alotta ingredients compare that to these www.dreadlockshampoo.com
Welcome to the community Duncan and to the beginning of your journey. glad you area letting your hair do its thing. All you need to do in the beginning is wash 2-3 times a weeks, separate any sections trying to join on together and sit back and enjoy the ride. Here is a list of the ingredients for your Nature's Gate shampoo with Tea Tree Oil:
All Ingredients Water, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (Coconut Derived), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (Coconut Derived), Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (Coconut Derived), Lauryl Glucoside (Vegetable Derived), Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress) Flower/Leaf Extract, Quillaja Saponaria (Soap Bark) Bark Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Plant Derived), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (Plant Derived), Sodium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Undecylenate (Vegetable Derived), Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid (Vegetable Derived), Fragrance*.* Phthalate free
Here is a map to show what water type you have. If you have soft water, then you can use almost any dread shampoo or bar out there on the market. If you have hard water, many of them will leave behind a residue build up as they do not work properly in hard water. www.dreadlockshampoo.com sells products that work fantastic in hard water if you need any, work great in all types.
Enjoy your journey....peace
Welcome. Which one of their shampoos are you using? IT'll be easier if you just post the ingredients. We can help you know if it's actually a dreadlocks-friendly shampoo or not.
Just because something is certified organic or all natural doesn't mean it is good for locks. Many organic and natural shampoos still contain many conditioners
welcome post the ingredients of that shampoo not so sure its good for dreading u might still get dreads but will leave residues wich get trapped in dreads and cause issues