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  • note: the following is a very old post the info is  only partially correct with these exceptions
  1. never use lemon juice in the recipe nor in dreads
  2. the corrected ratios of baking soda to water is 1-10 1 part baking soda to 10 parts water
  3. although this is excelent as a deep cleanse or  as a no touch method helpful during the early neglect knotting stages its use long term may weaken hair, especialy if the wrong ratios asre used

we had a plumbing explosion last week on the day i usualy wash my dreads, so, had to go an extra week without washing..yuck i felt gross i really dont understand how some people can go 6 months without washing, after 2 weeks my scalp was a disaster

but, from the nastiness came complete cleanliness with ease

1'st i'll explain what i used to get super clean, then explain some modifications that can be used for different issues


i made an extra strong batch this time, but my basic recipe is 1/3-3/4 cup baking soda (not powder, i use arm and hammer) toss that in a big juice pitcher (bout a gallon size) then i add 10 or so drops teatree oil, 20-30 drops rosemary oil 20-30 drops lavander oil (i'll explain why i use these in a sec)

then just spray in water till its about 2/3-3/4 fill, take my hand and reach all the way to the bottom of the pitcher and stir while squeezing any clumps to break em up.. once its pretty clumpless i fill the pitcher to the top then close your eyes and pour it over your head...no scrubbing needed at all, so very gentle on delicate baby dreads

then i wash everything else while its soaking just leave it soak as long as ya can..10-30 minutes even (30 recommended if u are extra grimy or used wax)
then rince well

i follow this up with a strong vinagar rince ( usualy id do a weak apple cidar vinagar, but last month been doing a far stronger white vinagar, explained in a few)
for a weak acv id add just a splash, maybe a capfull or 2 to the same gallon size pitcher for a strong version id use a cup or more of white vinagar, to this i add a big ol glob of cocoa butter (extra conditioning) and the same oils used in the wash, this i only leave soak a few minutes..2-5..then rince well

before i get into modifications let me 1st tell you the experience from this 1 wash from grimy to glorious
before washing, scalp was crusty, hard chunks, itchy crap just gross
within seconds of pouring the baking soda mix on, all that crusty crap seemed to melt into a smooth creamy like substance all the dry flaky skin loosened up and almost liquified
it tingles a good bit as it works but it works wonders
with absolutely no scrubbing all the grossness washes away.
and your left just feeling super clean your dreadlocks  so soft and cuddly, and actualy lighter feeling


modifications, and why ya might wanna use certain herbs

the original recipe i got this from called for 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 2 tablespoons sea salt
the sea salt odviosly helps young dreadlocks lock, the lemon juice, may or may not add to cleanning but i found it made em extra frizzy and fuzzy so i stopped using it
however.. lemon juice might add in breaking up wax and residue slightly, so, its worth experimenting

herbs oils and such to add

teatree obviously is an astringent which kills bacteria, it can help dandruff, but too much can dry hair and scalp (making flakes worse) so lil is better then alot.. it also repells bugs like lice.. it wont get rid of em once ya got em, but, steady use almost guarantees ya never will

rosemary excelent for dandruff, add the oil to washes and rinces, or, make a tea to spray on scalp and leave in

lavander suposed to kill mold spores when used in white vinagar (1 cup white vinagar to 1/3 cup water, 30 or so drops lavander, leave in to soak all week) i just use it as a safegard to make sure molds never an issue..plus it smells so nice with the other herbs

thyme as oil added to the mix helps regulate oiliness, as a tea spray on scalp leave to soak, your scalp wil;l begin to produce less oils.

orange or grapefruite oil ive never used either, but, orange oil dissolves even industrial adhesives, glues, tars caulks tape adhesives and the like. the citric acid in either theoreticly should safely dissolve some wax buildup

ok, so most of ya are aware wax contributes to grime buildup and was is very hard to get out if not nearly impossible
so i think with a superclean dread thread id really be dropping the ball if i did'nt try to clean up wax too, so, here goes my recomendations for wax removal

if your in the 1st weeks of dreading and used wax.. it is absolutely best to comb out dewax and start over, ya only lose a couple weeks and gain many years of longevity
but if your months or years in
thrres 3 basic ways to get wax out

excessive heat.. be very careful with this, you want to dip each dread into very hot water, careful to not drip any on you or touch it (recommend thick rubber gloves) let the dread soak in the near biolingwater a few minutes to bring the wax above melting temp, then squeeze the dread from root to tip pulling out the gunky waxy water.
you may be surprised how much comes out, but at best your probly only gonna get 60% , luiquid wag will only come out if theres enough to wring out, still leaving the individual hairs coated in it

emulsifying this requires a hell of alotta soap, and alotta scrubbing, i hear dawn dish soap recommended often.. you might go through several bottles and hours of scrubbing to get most out
again, you probly wont get it all

and finaly dissolving, using citric acid oils as stated above

between the 3 methods, many repeatted attempts and a hell of alotta agressive work you can get most out. probably still not all, but enough to make them feel sooo much better softer less stiff and sticky, and hopefully enough to prevent all the future problems wax can cause.

even if you used wax only sparingly only a few times and beleve you have none in there now i recommend you do all 3 steps to be sure, ive heard several times of people only using wax twice in the 1st weeks of dreading only to find wax still at the core of theyre dreads years later.

(sorry all i know most here have'nt used wax, but there will come plenty who have i just want to provide info for all to have super clean super soft cuddly dreads)

mine feel soooooo good right now

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Leave it in for no longer than 2 hours, I just mix a tablespoon in with my BS wash in a gallon pitcher.
 
Rayvon Guevara said:

Btw, about the seasalt mix. Do you spray it after you wash your hair and just leave it?  Or do i rinse after? Im afraid that it will leave my scalp dry...

☮ soaring eagle ॐ said:

weeekly is plenty often enough  and 3.5% of thewater volume so guestimate about 3% or so maybe a pinch more

Rayvon Guevara said:

hehehe ok... I'll go and find them... anyway about the sea salt mix... how often and when do you put sea salt mix in your dreads? also, can you give me the right mixture for it? thanks!

Oh okay!ü thanks for the info Turk! ;)

James Turk said:

Leave it in for no longer than 2 hours, I just mix a tablespoon in with my BS wash in a gallon pitcher.
 
Rayvon Guevara said:

Btw, about the seasalt mix. Do you spray it after you wash your hair and just leave it?  Or do i rinse after? Im afraid that it will leave my scalp dry...

☮ soaring eagle ॐ said:

weeekly is plenty often enough  and 3.5% of thewater volume so guestimate about 3% or so maybe a pinch more

Rayvon Guevara said:

hehehe ok... I'll go and find them... anyway about the sea salt mix... how often and when do you put sea salt mix in your dreads? also, can you give me the right mixture for it? thanks!

Hi, as I would be travelling and locks are like really fresh (2 days old). How could I maintain it while on the go?

Was thinking could I use Doc Bronners and tweak it by adding salt to the solution? 

or should i use doc bronners then finish with a sea salt spray on the locks and leave it to aid the locking process

this is an amazing wash! i've started doing it as my normal wash but it's proving to be quiet expensive to keep it up. Soaring Eagle which shampoo/soap do you recommend ordering from http://shop.dreadlockshampoo.com/? i am looking for the one that's the best for dandruff. which one do you recommend?

for dandruff teatree rosemary ofcourse but ive been using nag champpa and dragonsblood and have no dandruff at all so really any are great but teatree rosemary is specificly for dandruff

thanks for the reply soaring eagle!! :) yeh those ones look really good! i am thinking about getting the tea tree and rosemary bar soap as the first one to try. do you think that one should get rid of all my dandruff? i must have most sensitive scalp on earth or something because as good as the baking soda/vinegar rince is for me it still leaves dandruff in my hair (around the front it's probably the worst). and even when there isn't much dandruff left after the wash. the next day it randomly appears. and whenever i scratch my head, dead skin/dandruff will flake off my scalpe just from scratching it. 

I know that the this baking soda/vinegar rinse with all the oils is an amazing rince (because it leaves my hair feeling so good), but it's just my scalp. I'm not going to give up and I'm determined to keep my locks for many more years but first I must find a bar soap/shampoo/etc that gives me no dandruff what so ever! Do you think it's a wise idea to start off ordering the tea tree/rosemary bar soap to start off? Cheers

absolutely

i didnt think no dandruff whatsoever was a realistic goal but those bars did the trick

thanks tons soaring eagle!! i'll order the tea tree/rosemary bar soaps tonight and give them a go :)

Having a question... I feel like really dumb/uncomfortable just sitting there and waiting for the BS to soak in. Can i put the BS-wash in my hair, let it soak for like one-two minutes, and then put my hair up in a towel for 10-30 minutes instead? Or does the BS need to run through the hair for those 10-30 minutes?

I've read of people doing it that way, I like to just sit and relax in the tub while I wait, good excuse to chill for awhile.
 
Jakob Skogh said:

Having a question... I feel like really dumb/uncomfortable just sitting there and waiting for the BS to soak in. Can i put the BS-wash in my hair, let it soak for like one-two minutes, and then put my hair up in a towel for 10-30 minutes instead? Or does the BS need to run through the hair for those 10-30 minutes?

How do i make this. sry i cudnt read that much im in rush bout to leave. so

I have water LOL. and baking soda (its powder). is there a liquid baking soda? im clueless -.-

thats all i have.

I dont know about the oils

no theres no loiqiud baking sodatheres a baking powder wich isnt baking soda but baking soda is a powder to

mix 1-2 tables[oons in a cup of wter pour i[=on soak then rinse

if you read it it tells you what to do

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