What do you wash with?
As you look around the forums, you'll notice that many of the people here talk about dreadlockshampoo.com. That is because it truly is the best shampoo for your locks. Vicki designed it so that no matter how hard or soft your water is, her shampoo will always rinse out completely, and won't leave any residue.
Now you may wonder: "What about Dr. Bronners or the BS/ACV wash?" "Thats what I was always told to use".
For many people, BS/ACV or Dr. B's is a great choice. However, Dr. Bronners is a castile soap. Castile soaps are great. But what no one ever tells us is that if you have hard water, castile soaps don't rinse out well. if you have normal straight hair, it's no big deal. But with dreadlocks, the residue from Dr. B's will build up and cause mold/mildew problems, and weigh your hair down. BS does not break down completely in hard water. This causes it to build up in your hair.
I tried to find a few maps of hard water that will help anyone new to locks. If you are not sure about what your water quality is. See below. Hopefully it'll help. If you are still unsure, you can always call you local water treatment facilities. They are generally very friendly and helpful. I have tried to call for a few members, but they require more information than I had on hand. Like An address, and name. (I don't know why they need that information). But they are governemt agencies, so don't worry if they ask for beurocratic info.
updated by @Baba Fats: 11/15/15 06:19:33PM