concerned about dreads..help please
Those are looking incredible!
I've got the legendary Butt Part down the middle. When I wash, I tend to pull one from the other side, like my version of a combover...hoping that it will dry that way and stay that way...and also kind of an effort to "train" them and maybe they'll continue growing that way.
At least they're full on top, so my Butt Part's got a little height to it.
Yeah, I'll play around with it. I wonder if I could wash in the sink and then wander the house for a bit...or tub it. I'll try to do it longer next time and see what happens.
I only let it soak for a couple minutes while I wash the rest of me. Baking soda is strong stuff. Personally, I feel it should only be left on a long time to soak when you're doing a deep-clean... a few minutes is fine for a normal everyday wash, it's not like there's a huge amount of dirt and grime to break down. But everyone reacts differently to baking soda, what works for one person won't necessarily be optimal for another.
SukiBug said:And soak for 10 minutes??? My whole shower doesn't take that long! I guess I'll have to take a tub next time.
I know. But it's cold here. :P Loose, wet hair on a cold trip to town did not appeal to me.
ohh do not tie it back when wet thats what will cause the feet smell tying hair up or back when damp they will mildew fast
whenever theyre damp they gotta hang loose
Nah, I wash about once a week or so.
I did rinse the bs first.
And soak for 10 minutes??? My whole shower doesn't take that long! I guess I'll have to take a tub next time.
As my hair's drying, the feet smell is going away. I had to run to town soon after I showered today, so I pulled my hair back which means my hair doesn't dry at all. As soon as I let it down and it's started to dry, the feet smell is going away...thankfully. lol!
I did the bs/acv this morning. Mixed vinegar:water ratio of 1:4. Stood under the shower and drained the hot water heater, rinsing (with water) and squeezing each individual dread.
And now I smell like feet.
Ack! Was my ratio wrong?
So...going deep here. After I made this post yesterday, I started genuinely digging through my thoughts and have come to this conclusion (if you're into it):
When I first started my adult life, well, I'd previously coined a nickname for that period of my life: High Maintenance Me. I was a professional, had a personal shopper, had been groomed by my mother for routine maintenance a la hair highlights and the like, wore fancy clothes, drove a fancy car (that I still own, btw, 16 years later ). I defined myself by my stuff and my ability to obtain it. In that time, ideally there was room for differences, but they were not generally accepted. I was very much a product of my childhood, but my heart had ALWAYS told me that something wasn't right in living this way.
Enter my firstborn. That birth...well, more was born that day than just my oldest son, *I* was reborn, as well. Something drastic happened to me during his birth, that natural release of hormones and endorphins CHANGED me, as nature's intended. Turned me into a woman with untold abilities.
A whole new era of my life began to unfold at that moment and my world was ENTIRELY different, almost overnight. Certainly by the time my second child came around, the difference between High Maintenance Me and Natural Me was dramatic. Everything about my world changed, my natural birth and subsequent experience with breastfeeding had solidified the importance of Mother Nature and honoring her through everyday living.
Anyway...my hair. I've ALWAYS had a love for dreads. High Maintenance Me deeply admired them and made them into THE object to represent that one place in my heart that felt that the life I was living was just not quite right, although I didn't know it at the time. When I made the decision to stop brushing, I felt that I was doing more than just adopting a hairstyle, I was doing the one thing that I felt honored my SELF the most.
And my recent introspection is showing that the marriage of these "two me's," these two vastly different lifestyles I've experienced in my life, is occurring at this moment and I just need to adjust and find in my own heart how they'll fit together.
Certainly, I'm not so self-involved that I make a habit of referring to myself in such egotistical ways, nor do I make a habit of laying out my deepest personal thoughts at the feet of strangers. But...I thought it fitting and pertinent to the conversation and if anyone were to understand the internal reflection being driven by my HAIR (of all things), it would those of you in this group.
Finally...I'm heading to a holiday gathering with my husband this evening, and I'll be cleansing my hair with some BS and ACV, just after I mask my face with some rhassoul. See...High Maintenance Me is still around, indeed, just the products and perspective have changed. :P