some helpful information about natural dread care :)
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
gentle moisturizer for the scalp that reduces irritation
also a very relaxing fragrance
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.
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.
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).
updated by @Christa Furrer: 02/14/15 03:49:59AM
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.