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Faelwynn
@faelwynn
03/31/11 03:39:52AM
362 posts

Baking soda wash not working?


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

And I have to second this as well... the water here SUCKS.

Heather said:
unfortunately our water is the worst here in so cal. we have calcium build up, rust, and chlorine. i wouldn't doubt that all that crap can definitely build up in our hair. i also think that that is why the bs wash doesn't work. i'm looking into getting a water softener for my shower head. one thing you might try is a salt water rinse after you wash with bs. i figure you add salt to a whole house water softeners so maybe it would help with residue from the water left behind. for now i'm sticking to shampoo and washing less.
Faelwynn
@faelwynn
03/31/11 03:39:25AM
362 posts

Baking soda wash not working?


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

I've also used the Tea Tree Tingle shampoo and LOVE it. I live out in El Cajon, and have to drive up to La Mesa to get it, and so I don't get it that often, but it's still fantastic. Try pairing that with a little bit of mixed in baking soda (all diluted in a cup or two of water), no oils, and after you rinse it out with water, rinse again just with acv, then once again with water. See if that helps any! Even if the TTT shampoo doesn't help much, it's still fantastic smelling and feeling on your scalp!

Heather said:
ive used the tea tree tingle shampoo in the past. i wouldn't worry to much about residue unless you have wax in your hair. just stick to clear shampoos that aren't conditioning and don't have a bunch of chemicals and you'll be fine.
Faelwynn
@faelwynn
03/30/11 05:59:36PM
362 posts

roots getting thinner


Help! Save My Dreads

Don't worry about the residue left by the dye unless you used one that included a bleaching agent. Most dyes have a 'stop time' where the chemicals become inert and just sit there. So I very highly doubt that it's the dye. It usually takes me up to a week to rinse out all the remaining dye depending on the color, and how thick the dye was to begin with. Apple cider vinegar is my best friend when it comes to getting dye out of my hair. Be warned though, baking soda and vinegar WILL strip your hair of dye, making the color fade prematurely.Your dreads are still young, but if they've gained a bit of girth, then the 'thinning roots' may just be something of an optical illusion. I know I felt as though mine were thinning, when in reality it was just that the body of my dreads was so thick, that the roots looked much thinner in comparison. The pony tail could have caused a bit of extra stress (and possibly some strangely shaped dreadlocks, I know I have a few) but I doubt that it's caused a thinning in your hair.At this point I would recommend just being really gentle with them (tam instead of pony tail if you can help it), taking a good multivitamin and hoping for the best. I'm sure things will even out if given love and a bit of time.
Faelwynn
@faelwynn
03/30/11 05:52:56PM
362 posts

Knotted Dreadlock Wraps - How Do You Make Them?


Dread Accessories

I always use plain old acrylic yarn if I feel like putting in a wrap. Then again, I'm really wishy-washy when it comes to decoration (or lack thereof) and find that the acrylic is easiest to take out regardless of how long you have it in. Hemp is just a bit too long term for me, and I'd much rather use it in making macram.
Faelwynn
@faelwynn
03/30/11 05:50:35PM
362 posts

Washing- How long is to long?


Dread Maintenance

I can usually go only 5 days max. without washing. By day three or four I start getting itchy, and by day five, sometimes six, it's just unbearable.
Faelwynn
@faelwynn
03/30/11 05:46:12PM
362 posts

Baking soda wash not working?


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

You say that, but again I've had ABSOLUTELY NO issues washing this way. No decrease in dreading time/knotting, no residue, nothing. Plus, my hair before dreading was super oily, and it's actually helped cut down the oiliness a ton. I can now go a number of days without washing my hair where before I could only go maybe one, two if I was feeling really lazy and had nowhere to be.

Everything that you use is going to leave SOME residue, it's just unavoidable. I'm not going to pay twice as much for a non-residue shampoo, because in the end it will still leave some form of residue. If anyone is finding that the acv is leaving their hair too slick, then they probably need to cut back on the acv in their rinse or start using white vinegar which isn't as conditioning as the acv but will still remove any extra gunk that's built up.

As another side note, I also find that when I need a deeper clean that it's a bit gentler on my scalp to mix just a tiny bit (maybe .5tbsp)of baking soda in with my shampoo when washing. It gives a bit of extra scrub power without irritating my scalp.

soaringeagle said:

u

using acv after regular shampoo wull make it too acidic

it will remove residue bit make it acidic sklippery smooth and mayube lead to oiliness most shampoos are perfectly ballanced to 5.5 acv i thinks a 3 ..the acv./bs mare ballanced to put the hair in the right rancge

using a baklanced shampoo your in the right range then u throw it out with acv

better to skip acv and use a non res shampoo instead

Faelwynn said:

Honestly the b/s wash left my scalp with puss filled spots that were incredibly painful (and it did so regardless of the amount of baking soda contained in the wash). At this point, I switch between a number of different commercial shampoos or shampoo bars (handmade or otherwise) which I then follow with a moderately strong apple cider vinegar rinse. I will use the baking soda wash maybe once a month, but I don't think thatconsistentuse is for everyone.

As far as residue is concerned? After splitting a few dreads a month or so ago, I can verify that it really is over-rated; there was no flaky residue, and the knotting was SOLID (even closer to the roots) which means that it took forever for me to split those dreads completely. Commercial shampoos aren't anywhere near as detrimental as some have mentioned them being, especially when used in conjunction with the acv rinse.

However, if you do want to continue using the bs/acv wash routine, make sure that you're washing out the bs before you add the acv. If you aren't then the result of that chemical reaction is carbonic acid which does no more for your hair than rinsing it in water would. Also, if you're noticing any excess oiliness, I'd lay off the essential oils. They had a similar oiling effect on my hair the one time that they were used.

Faelwynn
@faelwynn
03/29/11 10:42:14PM
362 posts

Baking soda wash not working?


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

Honestly the b/s wash left my scalp with puss filled spots that were incredibly painful (and it did so regardless of the amount of baking soda contained in the wash). At this point, I switch between a number of different commercial shampoos or shampoo bars (handmade or otherwise) which I then follow with a moderately strong apple cider vinegar rinse. I will use the baking soda wash maybe once a month, but I don't think thatconsistentuse is for everyone.

As far as residue is concerned? After splitting a few dreads a month or so ago, I can verify that it really is over-rated; there was no flaky residue, and the knotting was SOLID (even closer to the roots) which means that it took forever for me to split those dreads completely. Commercial shampoos aren't anywhere near as detrimental as some have mentioned them being, especially when used in conjunction with the acv rinse.

However, if you do want to continue using the bs/acv wash routine, make sure that you're washing out the bs before you add the acv. If you aren't then the result of that chemical reaction is carbonic acid which does no more for your hair than rinsing it in water would. Also, if you're noticing any excess oiliness, I'd lay off the essential oils. They had a similar oiling effect on my hair the one time that they were used.

Faelwynn
@faelwynn
03/09/11 05:44:47AM
362 posts

Twist N Rip Timeline(updated)


Member Journals and Timelines

Oh I can remember back when mine seemed so tame... Now at 19 months they are hardly recognizable as the tiny little sprouts that I started out with. I can't wait to see them at 6 months! They're going to go crazy!Also I second the loose end business. Plus, they'll probably loop and blunt in places whether you like it or not, so enjoy any whispy tips you have while they last!
Faelwynn
@faelwynn
02/12/11 05:41:56PM
362 posts

READ THIS FORUM PLEASE!


Introduce Yourself

Exactly. I refuse to get involved. What is it thatChristiansare so fond of saying? 'Hate the sin not the sinner'?

Dorothy said:
DRAMA!!!
Faelwynn
@faelwynn
02/12/11 05:39:47PM
362 posts

Dread shampoos


Dreading Methods

Having used a wide range of common commercial shampoos (head and shoulders, herbal essences, suave, ect) I'm going to have to say no. Granted, I know little to nothing about african american hair, but in everything that I've done to my dreads, I've seen no excess build up or any harm to my dreads caused by a commercial shampoo (even after splitting a few, I've seen no flaky shampoo residue or gunk inside my dreads). Please also note that I typically rinse with apple cider vinegar regardless of what product I used to wash with.
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