essential oils for dreads and scalp health
awesome, thanks! i'll give it a go
do mix the oils with the BS or do you rinse with them?
This is awesome - so much info! Thanks!
I have a question though. I've been using the BS rinse and it's working great. My hair used to be extremely oily but it's slowly getting better...which is a huge step for me. Now, my hair is starting to feel a bit dry - no dandruff problems yet. I have fine, soft hair and it's feeling a little like it may be getting too dry (it could maybe be I'm just be that I'm not used to it either). Anyway, I don't want to start adding oils and have oily hair again, but I'm wondering if I don't add any will I have problems in the future? Just want some healthy hair
I should note, that I live in a small town in Korea so getting these oils on the cheap is a little difficult (language barrier or shipping costs). I have a friend back home that will be in Korea soon so I was just going to have her pick some up for me. Any recommendations?
Though he did say neutral in his original post, I think what SE is getting at is a quick and easy way to make a situation better. A few trial and error attempts with some lemon juice seems like a pretty easy experiment with the possibility of a solution. I'm no scientist but if you can get the ph closerto neutral I think you'd be better off. By saying it's a "Fail" is a pretty negative way to look at some advice - unless you've tried it of course
Panterra Caraway said:
Yeah, this is a possibility...but the biggest problem is that you would have to test the ph of your hair, water and all substances used to get an accurate reading and then, use highly controlled amounts and proportions of each thing to get as close as possible to balanced ph. Thus, turning shower time into a mathmetic equation...not doable. Fail.
I was going to start another post with this question, but seeing as this one is the most recent I'll just ask it here to whoever is listening:
After I was with BS my hair looks very shiny all day long (mainly the top). People are talking about how they wash 1-3 times a week, but that seems impossible with mine because it looks oily and shiny. I have very oily hair anyways.
I use 1 tablespoon per 1 cup of water. I sometimes spray saltwater into my hair, but nothing religiously (no salt in my BS mix). But that's all I do, no ACV or anything because, from what I understand, that will only increase the "silky" "shiny" look
I'm noticing some white build up on my scalp which feels like baking soda. I mix up the BS so the water is completely clear in hot water before I use it (I usually let it sit for 20-30 minutes, but today I only let it sit for about 10). Then I wash it out (sometimes for 7-10 minutes) by just letting water run over it. I have very low pressure water so maybe it's not getting it all out??
Is there anything I can do? My hair just feels weighted down and looks shiny/oily..
I'll increase the BS, thanks.
As for length:
I should have said I don't regret starting this early, I didn't want it to come across that way - just curious is all. I didn't know if dreads would look different in the long run or not.
I work as a teacher in Korea (a place where self image is priority number one - it drives me crazy) so I was wondering what my boss would say. So far, they just think I got a perm (my hair is pretty curly) and I just tell them I haven't brushed it and that's all they say - as a westerner you get away with a lot here . So that's all good so far, just hope it stays that way. I don't mind the bedhead look and I don't tell people I'm trying to grow dreads. I'm just embracing the new lifestyle and having fun reading everyone's comments and stories here on the site - it really is like a family and I'm happy to be here!
So I've started my journey the organic way - 4 days ago with 4 inches of hair (I may just be the baby of this family..)- and I'm wondering what the pro's and con's are of starting to dread at 4 inches vs. letting it grow out (to say maybe 8 inches or something) and then begin dreading.
On a side not: I have oily hair. I make the BS mix that SE recommended and have converted it down to 5 cups (I'm adding about 2.5 tablespoons - if that's wrong please let me know!) I just put the baking soda over my head this morning (let it sit about 25 minutes before rinsing it with cold water) and it already looks oily (7 hours later). If I add Thyme will it help decrease the oil? Any other suggestions? Thanks
Hey Jorge, welcome. I'm very new myself, just started about 5 days ago. I also have short hair, about 4 inches. At first I just wanted dreads until I came across this site. After reading up and learning about the lifestyle I've decided natural is the best route for me. Basically, from what I've read around the net this is the best there is if you want dreads for what they are, not a fake commercialized style. So good luck to you on your journey!
Also, do you have a link to that video. I haven't been able to find too many people with short hair who started dreading and would be pretty gnarly to see - also a bit inspirational. Cheers brother!
Alright SE I heeded your advice! Just had a wash with baking soda and so I'm claiming today the official start of my journey - all natural!!!
I attached a pic of my hair from today. It's right at 4 inches so it'll be interesting to see what happens in the next couple of months. Besides not messing with it and letting it do it's thing, is there anything else I can/should do? (I think I know the answer but thought I'd ask anyway
In about a year I'll be doing a lot of SCUBA diving so if it hasn't made much progress by then I'm hoping the sea will kick it into gear haha!
@ExaltHimx7 congrats on the weight loss!