Sigh back to where i started
I haven't had ACV in a couple weeks so if Baking Soda isn't what is removing the oils then I guess it's just plain water that's doing it! Amazing!
It's probably not the baking soda. It's more than likely the salt and lemon juice. Both things that will dry the crap out of your hair and scalp and force it to produce more oils.
How often were you washing? How much salt and lemon juice were you using?
Logically, if baking soda and acv are bad for you (which I highly doubt as I've been using it for 6 months now and it's cured my dandruff and my hair feels awesome) why on earth would you think lemon juice was ok? Lemon juice is much more acidic than ACV not less.
That said, the sites I skimmed after googling about people saying bs acv are bad are full of speculation from people who have never done it themselves and proclaim that it can't even clean your hair. And the people who have used it and had bad results were putting baking soda PASTE on their hair, scrubbing it around, and not rinsing with ACV. Most of the sites even assumed you mixed both together for a chemical reaction.
All of that is ridiculous. And they all seem to be blogs written by housewives. Not people with science backgrounds. We've had a pharmacy tech explain the ratios. I'd trust a pharmacy tech before I trusted some blog site. http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/baking-soda-and-sea-salt-ratios#.UBqYFaNWl8E
The very first site that comes up from my googling claims to be scientific and honest. Then they turn around and say that a woman using BS and ACV to successfully counter dandruff should instead use EXTRA STRENGTH HEAD AND SHOULDERS! What?! That shit is poison and I now have no reason to trust these people to tell me what is good for my hair and scalp. They are full of it.
Be careful where you get your info. SE used the BS and ACV for years and years before he started using the bars from dreadlockshampoo.com. I don't think his dreads would be so long and strong if the naysayers were right.
The only issue on my phone (Samsung Galaxy S2, stock browser) appears to be the dreaducation link. The link itself is fine, the text just runs out of the grey space in portrait mode. Looks fine in landscape though.
All of the links work for me.
Wording sounds good as well.
Yes indeed. That's the best you could possibly do for them. Just listen to your hair. It will tell you what it needs.
Check out the dreaducation sections for more info on cleaning and keeping dreads happy. There are various different ways to keep them clean, you just have to find what works for you and your dreads.
I personally use the Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar rinses. When I feel the need I add various oils to the rinses to keep my hair and scalp healthy. My most common are tea tree and rosemary. I use coconut oil very sparingly on the odd occasion my hair gets very dried out.
I vote for letting them do what they do. You already know what twisting does.
Let the new healthy growth come in. Are your dreads for life? Then 4 years isn't much in the grand scheme of things really. Much better to let the rest of your dread journey be healthy and strong rather than continue harming your hair and facing the same problem over and over.
Your method is fine. I think it's a shame you are worried about looking like a girl though. What's so wrong with girls that you can't handle looking like one? :P
Don't know about the soap. Do you know what is in it?
What do you mean by strict and precise? The sections (at the root) are precise and uniform or are the actual dreadlocks just smoother?
A few possibilities there. They are lying about not going to a salon and they actually used a starter method (if their sections are very precise this is very likely). Or they forced those sections as their hair knotted up...which I can't imagine is easy and seems illogical for someone going neglect.
If it's just their dreads though it could be their hair type or the age of their dreads.
Very nappy hair often looks more uniform faster than straight hair. Straight hair looks a lot wilder because it is slippier and can fly away and be generally crazy. But once our hair is locked up new growth will grow out in a much smoother manner. You can see this in pictures posted on here where people have really long, cylindrical locks with funky paddles/medallions/zigzags/whatnot hanging off the end. The funky bits on the end are from the initial locking process and the ropes are new growth. Your friends may have cut their crazy bits off for aesthetic reasons and that could be why they look more "professional".