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@Raven's Light
01/17/17 11:18:42PM
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Comparing Shampoos, Looking for Advice.


Dread Maintenance

Ok, Thanks for the explanation.  :)  . So the tea tree one (shampoo 1) seems like it'll be safer than shampoo 2, Bronners seems to the obvious best choice, but I am wondering if the first shampoo would be ok to use maybe once in a while or if it is best avoided?

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@Raven's Light
01/17/17 10:26:24PM
262 posts

Comparing Shampoos, Looking for Advice.


Dread Maintenance

Good to know the tea tree one is at least somewhat safe, and thus a viaable option.  Which ingredients would I need to investigate in the tea tree one? What do you mean by "superfatted"? I have used it a for washing before this. (still have some left, and I have been alternating between that shampoo and dr bronners...) I'm just wondering if it'd be a little better than the bronners bars.  


updated by @Raven's Light: 01/17/17 10:32:34PM
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@Raven's Light
01/17/17 10:00:21PM
262 posts

Comparing Shampoos, Looking for Advice.


Dread Maintenance

Hi I have a question about two different shampoos I have come accross, for refrence, both are sold at the same place, Trader Joe's here in the United States. One of them is their Tea Tree Liquid Shampoo, which contains:  water, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, rosemary oil, nettle oil, thyme oil, birch leaf oil, chamomile, clary, lavender, coltsfoot leaf, yarrow oil, mallow, horsetail oil, soybean protein, coconut derived c12-14 olefin sulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine, tocopherol (vitamin E), trace minerals, citric acid (corn), sodium hydroxymethyglycinate, sea salt, grapefruit seed. No laurel/laureth sulfates (ingreditnsgotten from Amazon, since they were a little hard to find otherwise)

They also sell a shampoo called Nourish Spa Shampoo, which contains: Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sea Salt, (t make this list more readable I have omitted most of the technical names they list for the organic oil extracts: Argon oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Orange Fruit extract, lemongrass extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Leaf extract, Willow Bark Extract, Chamomile Flower Extract, Soybean Seed extract, Lavender flower extract, Grapefruit seed Extract, Vitamin E, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanal, Potassuim Sorbate, Fragrance. 

I am wondering which one is better for dreads? I have used the first one before and liked it, so I"m mainly wondering abut the second one.

both come in roughly 16 oz bottles I think the Nourish Spa one is cheaper...but I wanted to be sure it was ok for dreads before I got a bottle of it.

I also wondering if the Tea Tree Shampoo would be better than the dr. Bronners bar soaps, or even the liquid one?

Any input would be helpful...

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@Raven's Light
01/15/17 10:05:03PM
262 posts

Moving Forward With Nature: My Dreadlock Journal


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My attached photo from the prior entry didn't seem to post.
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@Raven's Light
01/15/17 09:48:28PM
262 posts

Moving Forward With Nature: My Dreadlock Journal


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Wow, I am amazed a what a difference a week has made! I have been wearing my hair parted differently, and sometimes tied back in the parting to one side or the other. I am wondering if maybe it won't actually take 3 months for the parting to fix itself, even if I only part it differently for 8 hours a day (just for work). It seems to be helping. I hope my relaxation of separating (although I just did so today, but didn't find any that really needed it) helps too.
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@Raven's Light
01/11/17 06:32:18PM
262 posts

Question about Dr. Bronners


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Preface: I had posted this question in the forum section about dread products, but I decided to delete that entry and post it here since it seems like this section makes more sense, if not let me know.

I have a question that relates to dr. bronners, which is better the liquid or the bar? I mean I found a place to buy both the bar and the liquid. (My work sells them), I know the liquid might last longer, but I'm wondering if the bars may actually end up being a more worthwhile buy, the liquid or the bar? I know some of you have used both the bars and the liquid so I would love some input as to which one is better in terms of residue and rinsing out and any other impressions you have about it. I'm just looking to get opinions and or information, so I'll know for my next time which is better to buy.

I also have an additional question: would it be better to go with a shampoo like dr bronners or to use something like the tea tree shampoo from Trader Joe's? Cause I have access to both shampoos, but I'm just wondering would it be better to dilute that one too or just use it straight? (I am wondering if it would actually end up being cheaper to go with dr bronners over this shampoo, since in either form you of have  to stretch dr bronners to even work with it). 

Thanks in advance!


updated by @Raven's Light: 01/11/17 11:21:06PM
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@Raven's Light
01/10/17 08:58:17AM
262 posts

From Interlocking to Natural: My Dreadlock Journey


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Yeah, I know liquid bronners, does go a long way. I'm just wondering if the bars would be better, as I currently live in DC, which is supposed to have hard water, but I haven't really had an issue washing bronners out, as far as I'm aware I haven't really had much build up from the times I've used it again....Since I have been having good luck with the liquid would it be fair to say it's a better buy over the bars, as far as the ability to wash it out? (keeping in mind  my good luck that is, haha). I mean I know the cost of the liquid is a bit more, but I'm just wondering which is better in the long run....or if the tea tree shampoo I mentioned would be a better buy....although, the bars would actually be a little bit cheaper than the Trader Joe's Tea Tree Shampoo, which I haven't yet had any problems getting it out of my hair, but I did only wash with it once in the last 2 weeks, as I have been alternating between it and the

I mean I know the cost of the liquid is a bit more, but I'm just wondering which is better in the long run....or if the tea tree shampoo I mentioned would be a better buy....although, the bars would actually be a little bit cheaper than the Trader Joe's Tea Tree Shampoo, (but not really by much at all) which I haven't yet had any problems getting it out of my hair, but I did only wash with it once in the last 2 weeks, as I have been alternating between it and the dr. bronners to try and test both of them out as far as their ability to wash out of my hair. I sort of wonder with the size of the bottle only being 16 oz for the tea tree shampoo if it'd even be worth the cost, since it may get used up quicker than even the bars and I'd then have to buy more of it. (which isn't too bad considering the cost). I just wonder between those two soaps which is better over?

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@Raven's Light
01/09/17 09:26:35PM
262 posts

From Interlocking to Natural: My Dreadlock Journey


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I have a question that relates to dr. bronners, which is better the liquid or the bar? I mean I found a place to buy both the bar and the liquid. (My work sells them), the liquid size they sell is the 32 oz size one (would , and the bar is 5 oz, (I think  I'll  put it in a soap saver bag I have (whenever that bag is empty from the current bar soap I have), but I'm not sure if I should just figure out if I to dilute the soap I would use)?I know the liquid might last longer, but I'm wondering if the bars may actually end up being a more worthwhile buy, the liquid or the bar? I know some of you have used both the bars and the liquid so I would love some input as to which one is better in terms of residue and rinsing out and any other impressions you have about it. I still have most of my current bottle of dr. bronners left (I have the 32oz bottle still), I'm just looking to get the information so I'll know for my next time I need to buy.

I also have an additional question: would it be better to go with a shampoo like dr bronners or to use something like the tea tree shampoo from Trader Joe's? Cause I have access to both shampoos, but I'm just wondering would it be better to dilute that one too or just use it straight? (I am wondering if it would actually end up being cheaper to go with drbronners over this shampoo, since in either form you of have  to stretch dr bronners to even work with it). 

Thanks in advance!


updated by @Raven's Light: 01/09/17 09:34:24PM
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@Raven's Light
01/08/17 10:09:09PM
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Moving Forward With Nature: My Dreadlock Journal


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I have been trying to change up how I part my hair for a period of time, to see if that does in fact, help my part in closing up, I'm only about 4 days into doing that and I do already see a change, the attached photo is of the change, I hope this is a rather quick process, and doesn't in fact, take 3 months to fill in. I will probably also in addition to throwing my dreads over either side, I may also start through them back more, just so they get trained to go in pretty much any direction.


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@Raven's Light
01/04/17 09:06:03PM
262 posts

From Interlocking to Natural: My Dreadlock Journey


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I tend to wear them parted in the middle yes if I have them parted to the right it feels ok, but parting them to the left side is uncomfortable as it seems to twist my roots, I mean so does wearing it to the right. I do also wear them with the front dreads going back, from time to time but usually, I wear them how they want to fall most comfortably, which is in the middle the attached pictures are of the current gap just after a wash today. the three photos how the part parted down the middle, left and right. a photo of them with the front going back sort of down the middle.

I realized in trying to keep my hair to one side today that it is hard to keep my hair flipped over to one side (in this case the left since it is more comfortable then flipping them to the left is currently) because my dreads always want to fall down the respective side the dread is on.

Edit: I have always sort of assumed it's the weight of them, but I also wonder if the pattern in which my hair was sectioned has something to do with it. I seem to recall being told that my sectioning was done in a brick layering type of pattern. 

Edit: I had correct this post, as I had written that flipping my dreads to the left was uncomfortable, when it was in fact, flipping them to the right side that was uncomfortable, is there a way to fix that?


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updated by @Raven's Light: 01/05/17 11:39:20AM
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