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@i-and-i
07/11/17 10:50:04AM
29 posts

Possible soap/dandruff buildup?


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You could have something there with the tightening spray idea! It seems like it could be a mixture of that and residue from what I'm now seeing.

I found another brand of shampoo from a small shop that claims to gently remove buildup over time, strengthen dreads and give them back the oils they need (all vegan/small batch made, their freakin amazing) and after a deep clean and 3 washes with this new shampoo, the dreads seem to be slowly softening up and becoming less dense. Not 100% sure if it's because they were too dry from tightening sprays, or if the slightly clammy/sticky feeling at the end of my dreads after rinsing justifies the residue idea.

If I squeeze really hard (because this dread literally has almost no give from how tight it is, at least right now) I can feel a slight stickiness in the dread, but no smell comes through. I think my current assumptions is the locking spray tightened them a little tighter than I'd hoped, and it made it easier for buildup to occur slowly over time. this is my first set of dreadlocks so I greatly appreciate you sharing your experiences!
i-and-i
@i-and-i
06/30/17 07:08:42PM
29 posts

Possible soap/dandruff buildup?


Dread Maintenance

Hey SE,

So I have been noticing this one dread above my ear becoming tighter, smaller and stiffer slowly over time, and never really thought much of it beyond maturation of the dread, seeing as how this dread has always been leaps and bounds ahead of the others in maturation. However, on closer inspection I noticed it looks like something is building up in it.

Photo Jun 30 2 47 45 PM 1.jpg

Ive always had dandruff and thought this could be the cause, as i've noticed it happening to a lesser extent on other dreads in high-dandruff areas of my scalp (theres a picture of 2 dreads on the front that have much lighter sections on them than the rest of my dreads, although this may just be due to being overdry). I just reached 16 months of free forming and decided to start putting some oils on my scalp after washing to bring some moisture back and hopefully get rid of my dandruff, but I also realize this could easily be due to using too much shampoo, improper rinsing or not being careful enough with body soap.

I figured my best bet was to show you guys on here and see if you can give me a better idea of what it is/what to do. I used Vicki's super deep cleaning bamboo charcoal shampoo yesterday to try and clean it, to no avail. These pictures were taken today (day after the wash).

p.s. just to give you the most info possible, I've never used wax and have always used vicki's liquid soap and her charcoal deep cleanse since i switched from the BS/ACV, as well as rot knot on a monthly basis this last winter (although, I think i finally got the constant mold problem of my wet climate figured out!)Photo Jun 30 7 44 59 AM.jpgPhoto Jun 30 2 47 05 PM.jpg

i-and-i
@i-and-i
03/28/17 12:12:54PM
29 posts

When/how to moisturize dreads?


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Greetings!

So I just came up on my one year dreadiversary (or one year of free-dome, as I like to call it) and I haven't done anything to moisturize my dreads or scalp yet, out of fear it would be detrimental to the dreading process. I've noticed over the winter, though, that my scalp and dreads were getting really dry from the cold weather. so, I think now is a good time to start, but I want to make sure I know what I'm doing before I jump in.
So here's the little bits of info I've found so far:
One naturalist "loctitian" on YouTube (yanniethelocologist) whom I've learned to put a little trust with, recommended a mixture of vitamin E oil and rose water in an applicator bottle, applied solely to the scalp. She also recommends this method for application of any other essential oils, and always reiterates SCALP ONLY

Another you tuber (I know, terrible place for info :P) named zayloc23 said that he uses 100% coconut oil after he washes to replenish the oils removed. He applies it to the scalp and runs a little bit over the length of his dreads. I have a wonderful sage-infused coconut oil that a local indigenous grandmother made for me id love to use, but something about coconut oil worries me about build up, so I've decided to hold off until I discussed this with the community here.

This is about as far as I've gotten, and I have no idea what's correct/incorrect about it as I haven't tried it yet. whats your opinion/experience as far as moisturizing, and what works best for you?

Blessings, dreadlocks family!
i-and-i
@i-and-i
03/13/17 11:48:37AM
29 posts

Listerine for cleaning dreadlocks?


Dread Maintenance

ok, thanks for the heads up! Apply only to the scalp like the other one too, right? Or run it over the dreads?

i-and-i
@i-and-i
03/13/17 10:57:20AM
29 posts

Listerine for cleaning dreadlocks?


Dread Maintenance

Liquid! Half my dreads are still pretty soft and loose, so I decided to wait till they mature a bit more to try the bar soaps.

Ill give it a try and let you guys know my opinions in another thread!

i-and-i
@i-and-i
03/13/17 02:16:52AM
29 posts

Listerine for cleaning dreadlocks?


Dread Maintenance

So I have the super deep clean charcoal shampoo on order, should be here in the morning! Do I use it like I use the locking up liquid, or is it more of a "squeeze in and let sit for a while" like the rot knot?

i-and-i
@i-and-i
03/05/17 10:42:34PM
29 posts

Listerine for cleaning dreadlocks?


Dread Maintenance

Oh awesome! I've heard you reference a deep clean shampoo you were trying through Vickie, I just assumed it was a dropped project. So glad to hear it's available, I'll order some the next time it's time for a deep clean!

i-and-i
@i-and-i
03/03/17 02:58:20PM
29 posts

Listerine for cleaning dreadlocks?


Dread Maintenance

No I understand the baking soda acv fear of weakening hair, but I have been using it once every 2 months as a residue removal/deep cleanse. Is there something else I should be using for this deep cleanse instead?

i-and-i
@i-and-i
03/03/17 11:12:24AM
29 posts

Listerine for cleaning dreadlocks?


Dread Maintenance

I'll add that so far, this is all THEORHETICAL INFORMATION!!! Please, no one start listerine cleaning there hair on a daily basis until we know a little more, I just figured this would be a good place to discuss how valid it might be as an option

i-and-i
@i-and-i
03/03/17 11:09:41AM
29 posts

Listerine for cleaning dreadlocks?


Dread Maintenance

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%.[14] In combination all have an antiseptic effect and there is some thought that methyl salicylate may have an anti inflammatory effect as well.[15] 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.[16] At this concentration, the ethanol serves to dissolve the active ingredients.[citation needed]

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. 

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