I am new to the forum, but have been visiting the past month, so I might have already miss a thread discussing the techniques that locticians use to make dreads. The reason I am asking is because now that my eyes have been open by this forum about the usage and damage of wax in dreads, I am just realising if the technique used at the salon I go to has contributed to my buildup.
My locs were started by a salon and since then I have been visiting them to have retwist, with my last visit to the salon in November 2011. Usually they begin with washing the hair and then begin the re-twisting whilst the hair is wet. They section it out, part off some of the loose hair that is tangled within the dread and then begin the process of waxing, back-combing and palm rolling. Then the hair is dried under the dryer.
I began noticing buildup a few months back, but didnt pay much attention to it back then. I am not a heavy user of products and keep product usage in my locs to a minimum. I would also cover my hair at night to prevent lint or place a non-cotton/silk cloth on my pillow. I finally did a thorough search of my locs and discovered to my horror, tons of build up. Mainly at the ends, some in the middle and few near the top of the loc. That is when I started to do my research and found this site.
I had been trying to work out, what had caused this and seeing some of threads/post made me realise that it is wax buildup. Its current state in my loc is white/grey, hard and some look like glue. I was thinking that perhaps it was the process of applying wax to the wet hair and then put under the dryer. My own fault is that I haven't been washing my locs as regularly as I should or perhaps this wouldnt be so bad.
I have recently began the process of the baking soda and ACV rinses, which seem to be breaking down the wax, making some of it less hard, although it seems abit more visible now in some of the locs. Perhaps the rinses are bringing the wax more to the surface where it has been embedded deep inside the loc? I have emailed the owner of salon to see what explanation I receive from them and have yet to hear. I will not be visiting them until I get a reply, but in the meantime I am abit lost as I have never done my locs myself. I tried to twist and rub the new growth on a few locs which seems to be holding, but have stopped to research more as I am a novice. I will continue with the rinses to get this wax out and I know I have to be patient which can be very hard with this process.
I do feel abit alone in this, although I know that I am not as there a many people on this forum and others who have gone through a similar experience. I hope a few posts on here will lift my spirits, so that I will not cross the path of wanting to cut my locs, as I was thinking beforehand. I willpersevere and try not to let the wax rule me. It is just so heartbreaking looking at them each morning and seeing that horrid sticky buildup.
Anyway thanks for listening.
UK Dead :-|
updated by @uk-dread: 01/13/15 09:17:31PM