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Angel Frye
@Angel Frye
07/30/13 07:57:44AM
409 posts

Gunky Scalp?


Dread Maintenance

My point is that the 'no touch' method seems to be giving an awful lot of people the impression that disturbing their hair is a no-no when in fact the direct opposite is true. And then when people are given this impression they are miserable with gunk buildup in their hair and think that is their lot in life for as long as they want locks.

Angel Frye
@Angel Frye
07/29/13 05:11:31PM
409 posts

The "Constantly Changing" Law of Locks


Dread Maintenance

This last photo indicates to me that it is indeed overdrying caused by baking soda. You know how I know?

Look at the circled areas on the photo:

Now even if the bottom one is simply the another dot/star showing through from your shirt, the other three are definitely not. I know what those thicker areas are on the hair shaft- breakage waiting to happen. I guarantee that if you go through the tips of your hair you'll find lots of them. If you grab the very tip of the hair with your finger nails and pull it'll snap off right at the thicker dot area.

That's exactly what i had going on until I started using shampoo bars with good moisturizers. There's quite a few soapers who make them. Mosalu on Etsy is one of my personal faves. I've never tried the brand sponsored here on this site but heard very good things about it. Take a look at the ingredients of the dreadlockshampoo bars. Those are the ingredients you need in your dreadlocks! Nothing fake. For the love of all that is holy, do not ever try to use 'glycerin soap' on your locks. It's 'melt and pour.' Cheap. Drying. And really really really bad for your locks. There are more soapers selling those now, though, and it's truly sad. They don't know what they're doing to people's hair. So you gotta read ingredients.

After you've used good shampoo bars for a while you' noticed these areas of your hair getting better. They'll break off, yes, because that's the only thing for them to do once it's gotten that bad, but you wont see a whole lot more of them starting up. Your hair will heal and man oh man will it feel completely different than it does when you're only using baking soda!!!!!!!!!

The one that's staring to 'thin the middle' it looks to me like all the knots are being pushed down to the end of your lock. That can happen sometimes. I've got a few of those myself. But the rest of the lock up to the top is strong so as long as the hair is well taken care of and not dried out anymore you should be fine.

I've never tried it, but I have heard that jojoba oil is most like our skin and hair structure so it is easily absorbed. Taye's idea might be worth checking out. Just bear in mind though that when you put oil on your hair you're going to be more inclined to shampoo that area of your hair with more soap to get suds and be a little more rough with it in general, feeling like you have to get it all off for your hair to be clean. Then you put more oil on after your hair is dry. Then you shampoo it off. Then you put more on. Do you see where I'm going with this? It's a cycle I found myself in not too long before I quit and started locking up. The constant stress was wearing my hair down. But if you're sparing with the oil(UNLIKE I was!) and are mindful when you wash not to be too rough then you will much more than likely have great results.


updated by @Angel Frye: 07/22/15 07:42:13AM
Angel Frye
@Angel Frye
07/28/13 11:59:21PM
409 posts

Gunky Scalp?


Dread Maintenance

Barrellady, some people NEED to rub the scalp. She's coming here complaining about gunky scalp and yes, she may be using the wrong ratio for baking soda, however, I used the correct ratios for it and still had a major issue until my scalp adjusted to it.

Emily, if you use the correct ratio of ingredients, leave it on for a while and then find that just rinsing it out isn't helping, then you do have other options. You don't have to be miserable. Rub the scalp as you rinse out. It'll clean more thoroughly and help you take care of some itchies, too. It'll also help you lock up faster.

I don't know why the 'no rub' method seems to be the only thing you suggest to people, Barrellady.

Get your fingers in there, Emily! See if it works for ya.

Also, you don't have to use five cups of water to 1/2 cup of baking soda. Unless you have hair down to your ass then that's not necessary. You can get a simple hair dye squeezie bottle that holds one cup of liquid(your standard small squeezie that comes in a box of dye) put two tablespoons of baking soda in it and then one cup of warm water. Shake it(let some of the fizz out) and then squirt it all over your wet scalp. Let it set for 5-10 minutes. Scrub all around in your scalp and then rinse thoroughly.

If you wanna add some EO's to the routine then add them to your baking soda. Certain ones can assist the cleaning process.

Angel Frye
@Angel Frye
07/28/13 11:45:05PM
409 posts

Smelly hair


General Questions

Yeah, the 'no touch' method didn't work for me either. I always suggest rubbing around on the scalp to people. You put the right stuff on your scalp, let it soften it up, and then scrub around in there and you've got three things going to happen:

1) You just plain FEEL better taking care of those itchies.

2) You get clean.

3) You're actually helping the knotting process along.

Just wait until a few months pass, Kubilay, you'll come back to the boards bitching about how much separating you have to do every time you shampoo. hahahah! But it's fun. It's part of the process. Personally, I let mine go and only separate every other shampoo that way I know I'm getting good progress, but everyone's a little different. Trust your instincts, always.

Angel Frye
@Angel Frye
07/28/13 08:47:56AM
409 posts

Gunky Scalp?


Dread Maintenance

Invest in some good EO's(essential oils) that'll help. Lavender, basil, lemon, orange, etc. Once every other day is a little extreme. The problem is that baking soda really dries the hair out so you have to watch how much damage you're doing. Once every two or three days is the average.

Once your locks are further along and seem to have some stable, steady progress then you can move onto using dreadlock shampoo bars with EO's in them. That will definitely help with the gunk.

Angel Frye
@Angel Frye
07/27/13 10:12:17AM
409 posts

Smelly hair


General Questions

And which EO's? Certain ones can get rid of funk better than others. Lemon, for example.

Your scalp is going to take a while to acclimate to the new norm for washing your hair. Some newbies hair freak out with dandruff, others with oil, and others with extreme funk. Some people don't have any problems at all. It does require patience.


updated by @Angel Frye: 07/23/15 08:16:59AM
Angel Frye
@Angel Frye
07/27/13 09:54:51AM
409 posts

Smelly hair


General Questions

The EO's or the dready soap?

Angel Frye
@Angel Frye
07/27/13 09:29:59AM
409 posts

Smelly hair


General Questions

I went through that stage, too. I highly recommend putting up to three drops of an EO(essential oil) in your baking soda water. It's the only way I could get through it. EO's are amazing. Lavender, sage, basil, orange, you name it. You can use almost any EO. Just look up it's properties, first, to make sure it's skin worthy and safe. Basil will make your scalp tingle. That's when you know to rinse it really well. Use your fingertips on the scalp!!

www.mosalu.etsy.com has some great dready soaps. Natural EO's in them. Not too moisturizing but just enough once your locks get started really good that you can use Mosalu once a week or so to give yourself a break from the baking soda.

HAIR GROWTH Healthy Scalp Shampoo Bar All Natural Nourishing and Conditioning -

CITRUS DREADLOCKS Healthy Scalp DREAD Shampoo Bar All Natural Nourishing and Conditioning Citrus Scent

Angel Frye
@Angel Frye
07/27/13 09:17:58AM
409 posts

Feeling a bit awkward... but here goes.


Introduce Yourself

HAIR GROWTH Healthy Scalp Shampoo Bar All Natural Nourishing and Conditioning -

CITRUS DREADLOCKS Healthy Scalp DREAD Shampoo Bar All Natural Nourishing and Conditioning Citrus Scent

I love her citrus soap. Just plain makes me happyyyyy!! And so purty.


updated by @Angel Frye: 07/23/15 08:00:58AM
Angel Frye
@Angel Frye
07/27/13 09:15:11AM
409 posts

Feeling a bit awkward... but here goes.


Introduce Yourself

Kelly! YES! Absolutely. Curly headed folks like us do seem to have an easier time looking well kept. I started my locks when my hair was just below my ears. Had no problems whatsoever. Check out my profile and pics. Now my hair is down past my shoulders. You'll have a blast with locking up, Kelly, if you have curls. All kinds of loopies and stuff. We even have a Crazies Dread thread where you can see some of the most bizarre ones out there. Lots of smiles and laughs.

Indulge in essential oils, too. I highly recommend putting up to three drops of an EO in your baking soda water. It's amazing. Lavender, sage, basil, orange, you name it. You can use almost any EO. Just look up it's properties, first, to make sure it's skin worthy and safe.

www.mosalu.etsy.com has some great dready soaps. Natural EO's in them. Not too moisturizing but just enough once your locks get started really good that you can use Mosalu once a week or so to give yourself a break from the baking soda.

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