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Christa Furrer
@Christa Furrer
01/18/12 04:27:31PM
7 posts

some helpful information about natural dread care :)


Dread Maintenance

@mark, i'm not sure about the differences between rock and sea salts when it comes to using them for your hair. i recommend epsom salts because they are safe for internal use as well, and it's important to me that i don't put anything on my body that i wouldn't put in it. epsom salts can be taken to relieve constipation, and you can also add them to a bath to soak sore muscles. but because they are often sold as bath salts, make sure you don't ingest anything with fragrances or other chemical additives- just get the basic epsom salts, and read the directions when using them as a laxative.

@elpea, lemon is a great way to lighten your hair naturally, and works best when you use it in combination with chamomile. although, if you're going to use it frequently, i recommend an apple cider vinegar wash every once in awhile, just to help restore the pH of your scalp.

Christa Furrer
@Christa Furrer
01/18/12 04:10:06PM
7 posts

some helpful information about natural dread care :)


Dread Maintenance

@BeanIrene, i rub the epsom salts in when im in the shower and my hair is already wet. with a little bit of scrubbing the salts dissolve for the most part, but i would still recommend rinsing.

@Katie, for the rose water i would recommend getting a spray bottle, and spraying the root of your dreads as close as you can to the scalp. with coconut oil, just put a little bit onto your finger tips and work it into the scalp, focusing on the areas between the roots. the proteins in coconut oil help to repair damaged/dry hair and heal/soothe the scalp. however, with dreadlocks its important to note that it is conditioning, so use it in moderation to avoid unraveling your dreads.

Christa Furrer
@Christa Furrer
01/10/12 01:42:39AM
7 posts

some helpful information about natural dread care :)


Dread Maintenance

after nine months of dreading i am really seeing the benefits of natural care for my dreads. besides lots of research, this information is based on my experience. i do not use any shampoo, hair dye, wax, gel, or anything other than what is listed. please ask if you have any questions :)

aloe vera *conditioning
cools and moistures the scalp
also an all natural, residue-free substitute for gel. really great for tightening in loose hairs along the dread

apple cider vinegar
makes an amazing rinse for your dreads, removes residue and promotes a healthy ph

rose water
gentle moisturizer for the scalp that reduces irritation
also a very relaxing fragrance

epsom salts
i use these in the shower as a scrub for my scalp, but i also palm roll them into my dreads (when wet). the salts help to draw moisture and oilyness from the dreads, making them easier to work with and tighten

coconut oil *conditioning
keeps your scalp clean and healthy, smells amazing, and its proteins nourish and stimulate the regrowth of damage hair. it also prevents dandruff and can provide relief for those who suffer from it.

essential oils
oils like rosemary, lavendar, tea tree, and great for your dreads and have a lot of differnet benefits. i suggest doing a little research so that you can find an essential oil specific to your needs. they are especially great because they leave absolutely no residue, and help keep your dreads/scalp clean.
ayurvedic medicine suggests heating the oils before application, which increases blood flow and stimulates hair growth.

henna
personally i have found that when coloring my dreads with henna, it helps them tighten up a bit. however, it's really important to make sure you *wash the henna out of your dreads completely (apple cider vinegar is good for this).

herbal teas
fenugreek, amla, hibiscus, chamomile, and shikakai are just a few herbs that are good for your hair. once again, with a little research, you can find one specific to your needs.


updated by @Christa Furrer: 02/14/15 03:49:59AM
Christa Furrer
@Christa Furrer
01/09/12 09:33:05PM
7 posts

new dread locking gel from dreadlockshampoo.com


Dread Products

i'm very interested in trying some of this, but i was wondering if the xanthan gum was derived from dairy?

Christa Furrer
@Christa Furrer
01/07/12 04:31:19PM
7 posts

letting go- how my loopy dreads point out neurosis


Dread Maintenance

i have definitely also been humbled in my experience with my hair...but you mentioned your dreads are only a little over a month old...give them time :) they really do start to come together nicely and naturally with a little patience and understanding. as far as maintenance, dreads really have a mind of their own and your hair knows what it wants to do. besides that, i can't even imagine what "perfect" dreads would look like, they are all so different from person to person, and i personally don't think i'll ever read a point where my dreads will be "complete'". dreads are constant transformation, and i think that's what makes them so beautiful :)