Listerine for cleaning dreadlocks?
ok, thanks for the heads up! Apply only to the scalp like the other one too, right? Or run it over the dreads?
That's kind of what I was thinking, sounds bizarre right? Definitely not a "100 percent natural" route, but after hearing people swear by it for mold I had to investigate a bit more
but here's the active constituents: active ingredients listed on Listerine bottles are essential oils which are menthol (mint) 0.042%, thymol (thyme) 0.064%, methyl salicylate (wintergreen) 0.06%, and eucalyptol (eucalyptus) 0.092%. In combination all have an antiseptic effect and there is some thought that methyl salicylate may have an anti inflammatory effect as well. Ethanol, which is toxic to bacteria at concentrations of 40%, is present in concentrations of 21.6% in the flavored product and 26.9% in the original gold Listerine Antiseptic. At this concentration, the ethanol serves to dissolve the active ingredients.
So, assuming this does work on mold as well as people claim, I assume a more plausible and powerful option would be these essential oils mixed in 100 proof vodka, or the like. Perhaps even just adding them to the standard baking soda soak every other month instead of relying solely on tea tree will help in prevention/removal of mold.
Update: 8 months
ok, so i'm coming up on the 8 month mark, 2 months using vicki's liquid shampoo, and my dreads are progressing SO MUCH FASTER then before i used it! I figured it would be best to post an update with pictures since they're picking up speed.
these pictures are spread out over the last 2 months, the better quality ones are from today. i put them half up to show the immense progress the back and sides have made, the main area that isnt dreaded is on top and in my bangs.
i separate by pulling hairs out of the wrong dread their in, instead of ripping, so its taking a while for all the little hairs to settle and cease. I also had to undread a significant section from a larger dread that had congo'd because it was pulling wrong, and I don't want to deal with it later on. theirs a picture of the undreaded section and the congo it came from in the mix. i've done this in a total of 3 places that were just too awkwardly connected.
i put a little bit of the magic locking gel on this undreaded section after. just to give it a little better chance of catching up to everything, but i've stopped using the gel since.
anyways, take care everyone! peace and love (: