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12/31/16 10:15:10PM
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Ok Thanks, I'll keep in mind that I can also just eye-ball the amount and have it work out. 

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@Raven's Light
12/30/16 10:17:12PM
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I'll try to clarify my question. I am more asking would it be beneficial to use about 1/2 a tablespoon as my measurement instead of a whole teaspoon. I would still plan to use the 12-1 ratio, I do not want to  double the water, and never intended to, just wondering if using half as much soap and still using 12 parts water is ok for a mix or if I should just continue to use a full tablespoon of the soap instead of trying to use 1/2 a tablespoon of soap (since that is a bit weaker). I am asking because I am wondering if by using a tablespoon of soap that is a little bit too much soap for the mix thus why I am asking about if using 1/2 a tablespoon of only the soap, and keeping the 12 parts water is a good idea or not? I hope that clears things up as far as my question goes, sorry for any confusion. 

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@Raven's Light
12/29/16 08:24:39PM
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Yeah, I knew that 12-1 is the minimum amount to dilute. I was more asking about if I were to use teaspoons of soap instead of a tablespoon, for about a half as potent soap, would I use 1 or 2 teaspoons? (to stretch the soap I have) or is it better just to stick with using a tablespoon due to this version of the mix being too weak?

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@Raven's Light
12/29/16 08:12:07PM
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I had more meant what is the minimum amount of bronners I could use for the recipe to work well. I currently use a tablespoon of soap to 12 tablespoons of water,  is it possible to reduce the recipe to under a tablespoon of soap and still have it work, if so how many teaspoons of soap would still make a usable mix?

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@Raven's Light
12/29/16 03:44:40PM
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Moving Forward With Nature: My Dreadlock Journal


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In the interest of not wanting to have to wash my hair on the first of the year, I ended up washing my hair today which is the second time this week I have washed it. It was about 4 days since my last wash. I am hoping that wasn't too soon to wash my hair again. I changed my shampoo and am using up the last of a tea tree shampoo I have. It already seems to have made a difference. Attached is a photo of my hair after it's pretty much dry....Still sort of kicking myself for not just waiting until the 1st to wash...but my scalp has again been itchy off and on, and that has always been my cue for me that I should wash my dreads. 


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updated by @Raven's Light: 12/29/16 04:02:42PM
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12/28/16 09:31:06PM
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I know I wrote a post about this already, but I just wanted to confirm, the soap by Yardley that I got says it is a moisturizing bath bar, and contains glycerin as an ingredient. I am wondering if it too would be too conditioning since it is called a moisturizing bath bar, so is it better to just not use it on my dreads at all to save them from more root loosening (that was caused by using that beer soap) or is it possible that it's safe on my hair. I was told it may be unwise to use it on my hair due to it being moisturizing. Thoughts? (the ingredients were already posted elsewhere in this thread.)

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12/28/16 09:10:18PM
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I'm not traveling via van (although that sounds like a fun way to live!). I was also asking also to see if there is a way to further stretch the dr bronners bottle I have, or would less than a tablespoon of soap per 12 of water be too weak for a mix to be useful? If it is still sufficient to use for washing how much soap per water would I use, would it be something like 2 teaspoons of soap per 2 teaspoons of water or would I do only one? I haven't felt any kind of slimy feeling on the outside or really the inside of my dreads so I am thinking that I am getting to rinse it out. 

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12/27/16 02:33:38PM
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I have been using as my mix recipe for dr bronners 1 tablespoon of the soap per 12 tablespoons of water, I am wondering if I need to cut the amount ofbronners I use in half, which would be roughly maybe 1-2 teaspoons of soap than 12 teaspoons of water. as sometimes I feel like maybe on the inside of the dreads there is some soap in there, but I can't every really tell, but I have no sticky feeling on the outside of the dreads, it's just that when I squezze it I sometimes can kind of hear a squishy sound like there may be something in my dreads...but drbronners is pretty much my only decent option and is the most affordable one for me. So thus I am wondering, do I need to alter my recipe for the mix?

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@Raven's Light
12/27/16 01:26:16PM
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So I will probably discontinue using that shampoo, and use dr bronners instead. I also just looked at the ingredients again for the soap by Yardley that I have, and found that it contains Glycerin, which I  learned is a residue. So looks like I may not be able to use it on my dreads....which sort of leaves dr bronners as my only local avaliable option, unless it is possible to use either of those soaps on my dreads in the future?, However, given the ingredients I am not so sure it'd be a good idea. 

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@Raven's Light
12/26/16 12:44:26PM
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From Interlocking to Natural: My Dreadlock Journey


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If it is the case that my roots have regressed to an earlier stage (although I actually have no idea what age they would regress to since their starting method was interlocking on day 1 - about month 6 (as I had them started in May of 2013 and the last time I interlocked them was most likely November, I don't think I had them interlocked the next month), how long is it possible that they will take to fix themselves? Am I looking at like 6 months or something shorter, or perhaps something longer?

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