Dreadlock myths debunked
I've never heard that one before. What in the world is that supposed to accomplish? LOL
"You burn the ends with a lighter, right?"
To make soap one needs fat (animal or vegetable), hence the oils in the bar.
As for the clay, I believe the "clay is not good for dreads" comes from people who actually put clay in their hair to help dread it (like wax, etc.). A small amount of clay in a bar of soap shouldn't make a difference because it's rinsed out, not left in.
I'm past week 18 now (4 1/2 mos.) and had 2 wraps in for almost the whole time. (Put in like by the 2nd week I think?) I never removed them to wash and just gave them an extra squeeze when drying by towel/air.
I took one out last week just to see, and it was dreading underneath and there was nothing wrong (or smelly lol) about the hair. The hemp I used was still in very good condition, so a couple of days later, I just moved it over and wrapped a new one.
The re-new wrap is criss-crossed (my daughter helped this time), but it was originally just a wrap around with no style.
I have a lot of friends (some are teachers) who swear by the mayo method. Basically, slathering your whole head up in mayo for hours (wrapped in a towel) and suffocating those buggers. Because mayo is oil based, it is a major pain in the tuckus to wash out though.
Also, there is a new salon in my area that was showcased on tv because it has a brand new way to treat lice - with a machine that basically looks like a super-duper hair dryer. They wouldn't go into trade secrets, but I believe it dehydrates the lice with hot air and kills them that way. You may want to google if that is interesting to you.
One thing I do want to mention, but you most likely already know. Besides treating the linens (sheets, towels, pillows) with hot soapy water and a hot dryer, you have to treat any stuffed or cloth toys the kids have that cannot be washed by traditional methods. I've heard packing them up in garbage bags and leaving them for a couple of weeks in the heat will help kill them.
I do wish you the best of luck and am sending good vibes your way.
I sent what I could, hope it helps. You all have done so much for me...