hey mop heads
Must be the full moon coming! haha
Hmmm I guess I'd try this in a pinch, but I have super sensitive teeth and have to use Sensodyne. I can't even use the Tom's version because it doesn't work. Which is strange because they both have the same active ingredient. *shrug*
I'm wary of fluoride in general, but I would much rather read proof and studies that have been done over anecdotal stories about some lady watering her plants this way or that. It could have been fluoride bothering the plants, or the chlorine most likely. Maybe she talked to them more after she started watering them with bottled water. lol
My advice is to just keep your hair clean, using a residue-free shampoo or just plain baking soda. Sea salt water can help too. Products aren't necessary. Just separate and wash thoroughly every 2-3 days. For itchiness, try adding some rosemary essential oil to the mix. I don't have any definitive advice about dandruff, other than to stay away from harsh chemicals and eat healthy. Maybe someone else knows of an herb that will help.
Good luck and welcome to the site. This place saved my dreads.
I made the interlocking mistake too - more than once. I've got a huge loop at the base of a dread that will eventually become two dreads as soon as the one side is long enough to fit into a ponytail. I'm going to have to cut it because it's basically two dreads that meet at the tips now. I can literally fit this loop around my wrist like a bracelet and it sucks trying to run my over my hair because a finger or two will get caught in the loop! That's the worst case scenario. I don't think your hair is going to fall out from this one mistake. It will be okay!
It looks like you can still salvage most of them if not all. You're taking action on it early which is good because the loops haven't gotten big yet or had a chance to tangle into everything and become permanent.
Your dreads are beautiful by the way. I love the colors.
Soaring Eagle is right - don't backcomb. Do a youtube search for "twist and rip dreadlocks" and you'll see a bunch of tutorial videos if you don't know how to do it. It's super easy and painless. I re-did one of my dread-bangs that was coming undone a lot using this method and now it's super tight only a month or so later.
I've been there with the combed out dreads and it's not fun. My hair is naturally thin and straight too. I've also got polish in my family so maybe that's it. I didn't know that was a common polish thing but now that I think about it, that makes sense. I have about 23 dreads with two smaller ones forming. The good thing is that your dreads will thicken up over time.
You can have nice looking dreads again but it will involve some patience. Don't mess with your hair too much. Just keep using the baking soda to wash. Make a paste out of it and massage it all over your hair and scalp and then rinse. The cleaner your hair is, the faster it will dread. Definitely don't add any chemicals or products as they will cause buildup and prevent your hair from locking up.
Best of luck.
That's so adorable! I've put all kinds of weird things in my hair over the years- rusty nuts (the ones that go over screws), wire, pieces of computer board, feathers, leather cording, yarn, bones.
I'd love to see the random stuff kids would use. They have such powerful imaginations.