Believe it or not a lot of companies are using other ingredients instead of SLS. It makes your hair dry and brittle (well for me) Black soap or Doctor Bronners in COLD WATER should be fine.
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Wow that is odd. Usually before I get into the pool I get myself wet using the shower. When I am done I go back to the shower to help wash out any impurities. Afterwards I walk back to my house and take a shower. I do not have any problems with chlorine or buildup so it may be a reaction with your products to chlorine. Just do a baking soda wash. Unless its aloe gel you do not need to use it that frequently.
locticians who hate dreads
As a black person when I see people walk around with thin dreads and their scalp is showing, I get goosebumps. Like seriously, something about seeing all that scalp and thin little dreads are a bit scary. My sister and I got into an argument in June because she said that my dreads looked terrible and I should go visit someone for maintenance. So I bought the overhead dryer and told her that I would save money and maintain it on my own. Lets just say that my kitten is more attracted to the dryer than I am.
Anyway I went to my college Admissions office to submit some documents. Instead of being in and out I was told to take a number and sit. So I had this feeling that someone was staring daggers at me so I look in the direction. There is a woman with sunglasses on and she had her dreadlocks in a bun. I realized that she was a mom and her daughter was sitting next to her. She kept staring at my hair until I sat down next to her. I got a good look at her hair and I was really confused. She had all of these skinny dreadlocks in a huge bun but her hairline was receding and there were huge gaps in between each lock.
Like yes the manicured locks can be asthetically pleasing, but I'm 22 I don't want to have to start plucking out dreadlocks that were twisted to their limit.
Believe it or not the loctician that did my hair told me to wait a month, wash it with the stocking cap, and then go back to her for maintenace. I only went back a few months later to let her know that I was leaving town.
washing with a stocking cap on sounds ridiculous, Mary! who told you to do that?
updated by @mary: 07/23/15 03:42:16PM
For those of you that are scratching your head these are cowrie shells:
So I bought a bunch of these back in 2009 when I was getting senegalese twists in my hair. The stylist sewed them to the twists and a few months later I cut them out with the weave. Now I just happened to have found a large bag of these. I tried to put them on my dreads after my failed string attempt. I was only able to put them on one dread.
So should I sew the rest in or just wait for my dreads to grow?
updated by @mary: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM
loctician salon dreads bad ideas
Help! Save My Dreads
Sadly to be honest, many black locticians can NOT do caucasian dreads. They are so confident that they can they will go all out and use whatever they can to just get the dreadlock "look." Palm rolling did not work so they whip out the wax and place gobs of it in the hair until it looks like dreads. Then they bilk you out of a lot of money.
All I can say is that people need to learn how to do RESEARCH before they get it done, and do not be afraid to ask the loctician questions and it's okay to just walk away.
loctician salon dreads bad ideas
Help! Save My Dreads
Okay I have two stories about caucasians and dreads from when I was younger.
1)When I was 11 I went to a family friend's salon to get braids with some Christmas money. While another stylist was doing my hair a Caucasian blond guy came in. He had blond and black spikey hair. He talked to the stylist that did his hair (my family friend). He showed her the yellow bag, inside the bag were a bunch of locks. They all fell out, the stylist went right into her bag and gave him some money. She knew she fucked up and gave him a refund for what happened. Just saying, if they knew they were wrong they should have owned up to their mistakes and given you a refund. Also I would stay away from them.
2) A few years later I went to this family friend again. She moved to a different salon. She was giving my sister and I braids for summer camp. Another stylist was working on this middle aged caucasian woman's hair. We were in the salon for hours and I watched the stylist palm roll, and do many things to try to get her hair to form dreadlocks. When the woman left she paid at the counter and walked out. They looked like loose gray curls and kind of wispy. She would have been better off just doing it at home. And the salon woman told her "This is the best I could do, your hair is too slippery. Very professional, huh?
i did not ask for a refund. i know i should have. i contacted the lady who worked on them and told her i was not happy with the results and wanted to take things over myself.
she said, "oh well good, thats the idea to take care of them yourself then come to the salon when you want a professional touch." ha
i really dont know her well enough to know for sure she was trying to scam me. i always got the impression from her that she was trying really hard to make them work with the method she was using. just not educated herself. i gave her the link to this website.