Combatting mold in wet climates?
Peace and love, everyone!
So I've been free forming for 6 months thanks to this site, and decided to make an account to address a couple questions I have about mold and mildew in dreads.
I wash with the baking soda and ACV method on here, using rosemary, tea tree and lavender and chamomile tea, and since my hair was still in the beginning steps of dreading, I use to let my hair get wet in the shower every day when I showered. I also went to bed within an hour or two of washing my hair a couple times, and often wore headbands immediately after washing, and have since noticed some the mildew smell associated with dread mold starting to appear when y hair is wet.
I have since stopped all of these bad habits, I wear a shower cap on off days, blow dry my hair after I wash it, wash it in the morning instead of at night, and don't wear anything on my head until it's mostly dry (or temporarily for a quick smoke sessions so I don't light it on fire).
I plan to buy the dread rot shampoo stuff in a week or so, and will let you guys know how that works, but for starters, is there anything else I should be doing to prevent mold? I have neve touched wax, just to get that out of the way.
Also, I live in Washington and it rains all but 2 months out of the year. Is there anything I can do to prevent mold with all that moisture? I'll probably start using the dread rot product once a month if it seems to work for me, but is there anything else I might do? I want them to be as clean and healthy as possible, and mold is a HUGE downer to me.
I attached some pictures of my dreads, in case anyone needs reference. There's a few that are pretty well matured, but the rest are baby dreads or curls just now dreading.
Blessings and prosperity!