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Stephani
@stephani
05/15/12 11:51:35PM
70 posts

Magic locking gel Bucks County Soap Co for starting dreads.


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I have two new tnr dreads now since I separated one yesterday. I was planning on using the locking gel on those two so I could document the difference. It would be interesting to see what kind of results it makes on different heads.

Stephani
@stephani
05/11/12 07:50:50AM
70 posts

scalp gunk, really annoying, tried everything


Help! Save My Dreads

I think it sounds okay except that panthenol is listed in it's ingredients. Panthenol pours a waxy coat on the hair, which causes it to look shiny and healthy. Panthenol can build up over time. I've seen people with so much panthenol coating that their hair could literally melt to candle wax just by flatironing it :(. I'll do some looking today and see what I can find. I have some appt's this morning, but I'll definitely look this afternoon.br/>
Valrie said:

Saw this in the shop listings here but it would be good to get some feedback. I don't see coconut oil in it...:

http://www.abeni.co.uk/ourshop/prod_758060-DREADLOCK-LIQUID-SHAMPOO...

Stephani
@stephani
05/11/12 12:10:21AM
70 posts

scalp gunk, really annoying, tried everything


Help! Save My Dreads

Oh no!! : my next suggestion would be to look for something that is sulfate free then. (br/>br/>Valrie said:

Actually, I was just looking at the ingredients for the Bronners and they ALL have coconut oil in them. Oi!


updated by @stephani: 07/23/15 03:30:46PM
Stephani
@stephani
05/10/12 11:29:49PM
70 posts

scalp gunk, really annoying, tried everything


Help! Save My Dreads

I would say it sounds like the bs is building up. Since you allergic to the dreadlock shampoo I would say you could try the dr. bronners, but be sure to dilute it. If you continue to use the bs wash, try to focus it on your dreads and not your scalp.

To remove the build up you can get vitamin c tablets and crush them up to a powder, mix it with warm water until it's about a jelly-ish consistency. Put it on your scalp and let it sit for about 30-45 minutes. Heat will help it so if you can sit in the sun or under a hood dryer that would be better. The heat is not completely necessary though. That should remove most of the buildup for you.

Stephani
@stephani
05/09/12 11:08:25PM
70 posts

Is chorline bad for dreads?


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Great tips SE, most important rule is to really deeply saturate your hair with tap water first. When your hair is full of one thing, it can't be full of another. It will def. not soak up at much chlorine this way.

Stephani
@stephani
05/09/12 10:53:12PM
70 posts

Is it not meant to be for me?


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From looking at your photos I would say you hair is in really healthy condition. My guess is that your cuticle layer isn't very roughed up. Which could be why it's taking longer. Also, like someone said aboue, I would hold off on the acv. It can very conditioning. Since you tried tnr, maybe you could try a backcombed section. Also the beads really do help to get things going. The sections that I have that have beads on them are locking faster then the others. You can buy small wood beads at a local craft store or walmart and meijer both have a craft section. Make sure they are small ones though, and I recommend wood. That way if you get knotting below where you put the bead at then you can just crack it with pliers instead of having to un-knot your hair to get it out.

I hope you don't give up though, your hair is almost there, I really think the beads will work for you. :)

Stephani
@stephani
05/04/12 04:20:11PM
70 posts

Hello All; Glad I Found This Place


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Valerie is right though, and a lot of times it's the parents that want their child's hair braided and pulled that tight. They do it because that is how they were raised, and because they can't correctly care for their hair do to it's texture. A lot of parents that have ethnic children either don't know how to correctly take care of their hair, or they think they are doing it right, by keeping it braided or giving it a relaxer. I have known women who will give their 3 year old a relaxer. If any of you are familiar with hair relaxers then you'll know that it is made up of mostly pure hydroxide. It will completely dissolve a soda can in little time, and people PUT THIS ON THEIR HEAD. They do it to make the hair straight. When in reality, it does nothing but destroy the hair and cause chemical breakage.

I wish there was a way to get people to stop doing harsh things to themselves in the quest to have "good hair". There is no such thing as perfect hair. Our hair is dead. (Which is why it doesn't hurt to cut it) Our follicles however, are alive, and many people just abuse their scalp so much that they destroy them.

So in all actuality, letting your hair dreadlock naturally is the best thing for it. When people ask me if the dreadlocks will damage my hair it makes me giggle, just a little. I abused my hair before with teasing and ratting and brushing and curling, flatirons, color, you name it. I don't do any of that anymore. Everyone should just loose their brushes and combs and dread up. But then I wouldn't have a job.. HAHA

Stephani
@stephani
05/02/12 09:52:59PM
70 posts

Hello All; Glad I Found This Place


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yeah that is totally not supposed to look that way. Those clips need to be thrown away! Those are roller clips for little old lady roller sets! They should never be used on a dreadlock. Unfortunately, though that is what is taught in our schools!! It's awful isn't it?! Sadly though, I've seen worse. I had a client come in about 3 months ago that wanted braids. I refused to give her braids because her traction alopecia was way worse then this. She got mad when I explained why I wouldn't give her cornrows, and ended up going somewhere else. I educated her as to what I wouldn't, and what she could and should do, like STOP BRAIDING NOW. She wouldn't have it and sadly she's probably well on her way to bald now.

Sorry I got way off track there.

soaring eagle said:

see these freshly twisted dreads? prtobly under a year old at a guess see the gaps between the dreads the hairs pulling into the dreads very tightly the dreads super thin compared to the section size

theres already hair loss here nothing that leaving a\them alone a month or 3 wouldnt fix

but look at the distance between individual hairs on either side of that gap

now healthy hair is way way closer together even in fine thin hair the hairlines receding into each dread

now in his dreads im betting a few fell off alkong the part on top?

Stephani
@stephani
05/02/12 09:34:35PM
70 posts

Hello All; Glad I Found This Place


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That is just sad! These places are ridiculous! I can tell you the about 95% of stylists don't perform dreadlocks or any form of braiding once they have graduated and are at a salon. Out of the ones about less then 1% have probably educated themselves enough to know the right things to do for things of this nature. I know that in the 2 salons that I've worked in out of my 6 years in this business, I have been the only one that knows how to braid or the safe way for dreadlocks. THAT IS SAD!

soaring eagle said:

i can tell you that twisting starts causing trouble quickly but the salons moake you think that look is desired when its early in ..like 1st year or 2 there maybe an 1/8 to 1/4 inch "part" or scalpy gap between and around each dread it widens slowly but this is what salons call the "tidy' lok the hair loss probably began in the 1st couple years but took 12 years to progress this far thats why its so easily ignored and h=gets this bad

locticiabs make you believe the scalpy look is prefferted even though its the slow progression of hair loss


Stephani said:

How long ago do you think it was that you first noticed the hair loss?

- About 8 months ago is when I noticed it becoming really apparent. For awhile I though it was just from the way they were separated.

My guess because of the maturity of your dreads is that it's been going on for years. So some of it may not grow back. Once it hits the point of no return it wont come back. BUT most of it should grow back just fine! So just be patient, cause it will take some time.

How often are you wearing a tam?

- Just stared wearing one again.

Tam's are good for keeping the weight of the dreads from putting pressure on your scalp, but they can also be counter productive in that they could potentially rub against the affect area. So just be cautious that it's not rubbing the problem and you should be fine with that.

Are your dreads heavy and do you notice them pulling at your scalp from the weight?

- I only notice the weight once they're wet; the heaviness is going down as more wax comes out.

That's great news! Once the wax is out they shouldn't put anymore pressure on the scalp.

Since you've stopped twisting completely, have you noticed the hair toward the base of your dreads get a little loser by your scalp?

- Yep the bases are much looser

This is also good news! I was worried they might still be tight. You definitely want them to be loser so they aren't causing any tension.

Are you pulling them back tightly?

- The most I'll do is put them back loosely with a headband

Should be okay as long and they aren't tightly bound, and you don't put the headband on your hairline or affected area.

Have you used any essential oils before?

- nope, but going to take a look at that book Valerie posted.

That would be a great book to check out. The only reason I asked is because I know sometimes people are affected by scents, allergies to them and what not. Just ease into them and use one at a time at first so you can see how you react with it. If you use several at a time at first and have reaction, then you wont know which one you are allergic to. Or which one is causing a major migraine, etc. There are a few that give me terrible migraines and it took me forever to figure it out.

Don't think a scalp sucker is in the cards, but I do take cayenne as a supplement.

As far as the cayenne as a supplement, I'm not sure if that will necessarily bring blood flow to your scalp like it does when applied to the skin. But if you do decided to put it on your head, just be very careful (as I'm sure you know)

Stephani
@stephani
05/02/12 09:18:42PM
70 posts

Hello All; Glad I Found This Place


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- About 8 months ago is when I noticed it becoming really apparent. For awhile I though it was just from the way they were separated.

My guess because of the maturity of your dreads is that it's been going on for years. So some of it may not grow back. Once it hits the point of no return it wont come back. BUT most of it should grow back just fine! So just be patient, cause it will take some time.

How often are you wearing a tam?

- Just stared wearing one again.

Tam's are good for keeping the weight of the dreads from putting pressure on your scalp, but they can also be counter productive in that they could potentially rub against the affect area. So just be cautious that it's not rubbing the problem and you should be fine with that.

Are your dreads heavy and do you notice them pulling at your scalp from the weight?

- I only notice the weight once they're wet; the heaviness is going down as more wax comes out.

That's great news! Once the wax is out they shouldn't put anymore pressure on the scalp.

Since you've stopped twisting completely, have you noticed the hair toward the base of your dreads get a little loser by your scalp?

- Yep the bases are much looser

This is also good news! I was worried they might still be tight. You definitely want them to be loser so they aren't causing any tension.

Are you pulling them back tightly?

- The most I'll do is put them back loosely with a headband

Should be okay as long and they aren't tightly bound, and you don't put the headband on your hairline or affected area.

Have you used any essential oils before?

- nope, but going to take a look at that book Valerie posted.

That would be a great book to check out. The only reason I asked is because I know sometimes people are affected by scents, allergies to them and what not. Just ease into them and use one at a time at first so you can see how you react with it. If you use several at a time at first and have reaction, then you wont know which one you are allergic to. Or which one is causing a major migraine, etc. There are a few that give me terrible migraines and it took me forever to figure it out.

Don't think a scalp sucker is in the cards, but I do take cayenne as a supplement.

As far as the cayenne as a supplement, I'm not sure if that will necessarily bring blood flow to your scalp like it does when applied to the skin. But if you do decided to put it on your head, just be very careful (as I'm sure you know)


updated by @stephani: 07/23/15 02:45:35AM
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