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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 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 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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you use 2 tablespoons at a time (make a batch then use it do not make and store u only want to make what u use fior that wash)
u use 2 or 3 tablespoons per wasxh and a few drops of the oils so unless your hairs as long as mine 20 bucks worth will last u months

Rico Bendimez said:
How many uses will one of this recipie be good for? I just went out to buy the material and it alone was almost $20... $20 that a out of home -college student- tends to not have haha. Do I use the whole thing, or just a portion at a time?
well u do not want to use aloe to hold them aloes conditionong dso will do the oposite of hold them
u want nothing to hold them at all
thry need free movement
and well it may or may not help them dread faster to use this but will get them way cleaner

Danielle said:
my dreads are about a week old i used the rip and twist technique and i used aloe to help them stay..... but i havent touched them for a week... i washed with residue free shampoo, do you think this recipe would help them lock up better than the shampoo??
how do you "spray" water in? Im assuming that means with a spray bottle of some sort... Also my dreads are still newish, how do i get them tighter without the wax?
thety get tighter on theyre own
u just give em time
and spray as in with a shower

I keep seeing people mention aloe vera as a conditioner and to help with excess frizz, do you mean aloe vera gel like what you use for sunburns? Or is there an aloe essential oil I should use?

So, today was my turn to try this fantastic washing!
Not much to say.. It worked perfect, and i don't scratch my head anymore :)
I can only say "DO IT" :)


plain old aloe nothing else either get it from the plant directly or buy the food grade gel or juice that has nothing but aloe in it even if it says 100% aloe read the ingredients and be sure theres nothing but aloe in it

but a plants the best way



Kalindi said:

I keep seeing people mention aloe vera as a conditioner and to help with excess frizz, do you mean aloe vera gel like what you use for sunburns? Or is there an aloe essential oil I should use?

Okie doki....thanks!  Btw, I love the BS/ACV wash, thanks for posting that!!  Peace!

u dont want the cocoa butter for sure

and well

ok 1/4 galon u would use a few tablespoons  of baking soda

make sure u rinse after the baking soda b4 u do the vinager

and u can use the same ammount of vinager as baking soda

if you want pepermints nice to add too



Karrie Kay Layman said:

I just want to make sure I understand this clearly. In a gallon pitcher
mix the baking soda, tea tree, rosemary, and lavender (and maybe some
salt to help my lil locks o love grow a bit faster:-). Then for an after
washing rinse I add 2 cap fulls of apple vinegar and the herbs (i'm
thinking to not use the cocoa butter) in the same pitcher with water (so
basically im adding the vinegar and taking out the baking soda for the
rinse). So I'm guessing for your divinely long dreads you use the
entire gallon where as I may be able to cut it down to 1/4 of your
recipe?  hehe I'm going
to start allowing my babies to grow tomorrow with this rinse recipe as my step 1
of the process. :-)

This was amazing. I just started and was getting frustrated with the way my hair/scalp felt. Unable to afford any types of specialty shampoos or waxes (very grateful now that I'm poor) I decided to give myself dreadlocks and it has been so far a  painfully frustrating process. I did not know what to expect or how to maintain them. I've tried a couple things to clean my head but my poor lil scalp was not happy. It was itchy, greasy feeling, broken in some spots and just generally miserable. 

This simple wash made it happy again!

Thank you. :) 

i hope u never used any waxes  that woulda been a real mistake but if u did wasx we can save em


dreads are so simple no matter how complicated profit driven sites make it

no place to buy it in my city. and im not about to pay for it, plus taxes and shipping. the more i learn tho the more happy i am that i didnt get any wax. Dreads have been around for more years then salon companies and hairstylists so i figure natural was the best way to start. my head feels great right now. im really happy i ditched the crazy shampoos and conditioners i was using before starting dreads too! 

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