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extra clean dreads baking soda wash fans


extra clean dreads baking soda wash fans

love that super clean feeling ya get after washing your dreadies in baking soda? wanna share your special recipie variations?

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basic baking soda deep cleanse

basic baking soda wash

in a large pitcher or bowl, add between 1/3 and 2/3 cup baking soda,
add any oils you wish (see below)
then add water (bout a gallon) stir to break up any clumps

pour over your head and dreads soaking them well.
allow to soak a good while, 10 minutes or longer.

herbal oils that are nice to add

lavander, smells great helps with mustyness or mold issues from improper drying
teatree oil very strong anticeptic kil germs helps with dandruff (use sparingly too much will cause dryness and worsen scalp itch
rosemary excelent for dandruff smells nice
pepermint (use only a very small amount) gives a cooling tingling feeling soothes itches and clears sinuses (overdo it and you will be in tears with runny nose for days, (recomend using only a few drops.. try 1-5 till you see how string you like it)

thyme as a tea or oil reduces oiliness

there are others these are the basics
if you have your own special recipe post a thread here about it

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Baking Soda = Clean Dreads... and Shower!

Started by Sarah Jan 15. 0 Replies

Anyone else notice their shower takes a lot longer to need cleaning? My shower stays looking as clean as the day I moved in for months longer than it used to when using shampoo.Continue

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slightly different baking soda method

Started by Ethon O'Brien. Last reply by Simone Mefford Aug 19, 2013. 1 Reply

When i wash my dreads, i like to get the dreads real wet then take a glass, and fill it a little less than halfway full with baking soda then the rest of the way with water.That way it starts of…Continue

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Unexpected Benefit of BS Wash

Started by Suzy Lake Life. Last reply by Ethon O'Brien Jun 2, 2012. 6 Replies

The first time I washed my neglected hair I used a massive bowl and mixed BS and water. I was planning on pouring it over my hair and avoiding my face (i don't really know why, lol) but not being…Continue

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Baking Soda Alternative

Started by Ixchel. Last reply by Ethon O'Brien Jun 2, 2012. 3 Replies

Other than buying specialty dreadlock shampoo what can I use other than baking soda?I like the way baking soda was working but since it strips the color out of my hair I don't want to use it until…Continue

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Comment by Michelle Malone on September 9, 2013 at 1:13pm
I just used this concoction for the first time and I can tell my scalp loves me for it!!!Wonderful!!
Comment by Zachary Tyler on June 21, 2013 at 6:33am
-I live in a hard water to semi hard water area I think. How do I know for sure(cant find the map here on the site) and how do I go about washing my hair with it? What changes will I need to do if any?
And I've been experimenting with the bs wash. All ratios I've seen seem messed up. It's water with bs. How thick is it suppose to be? I come up with literally water. I can't massage it in or anything. I dump it on my head it runs thru my head and hair and body. There is no way to stop it. So I figure I'm doing something wrong.

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Comment by DreadedBear on May 17, 2013 at 9:31pm
Is it suppose to burn?
Comment by thatPrettyMuchSucks on February 9, 2013 at 5:24pm

i'm truly amazed how well it works

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Comment by Stephen Wondal on October 4, 2011 at 11:18am

lol... i should have tried this sooner...

i just tried bs washing last night and now i know that great clean feel you guys been talking about. it works great. 

Comment by BoweryDoll on August 8, 2011 at 9:51pm

 @Lexi -- It's great to hear you're trying baking soda and vinegar rinses. Be sure to use either apple cider vinegar (ACV) or white vinegar as opposed to balsamic vinegar and remember you're NOT rinsing with them both at them same time (you'll end up with a fun, fizzy science project reaction).  I always do a baking soda rinse first, rinse it all out, and THEN follow it up with the ACV rinse.  Here's a recipe I've used for my dreads as well as busting smells and build-up from my friends' locks, too:

  • In a small bowl, add a few tablespoons of baking soda to a couple cups of water -- what you're looking to do here is either make a simple paste you can spread on your locks/scalp to target the the build-up (some folks like to use more, others less) or, if you're just looking for a refreshing rinse, mix it with the water to dilute it.
  • When you've finished applying the paste or pouring the mixture over your dreads, use a pitcher of warm water to pour over your head and rinse til you notice the baking soda is gone.  I like to do this over a sink, but some friends have done it while kneeling over a tub or their bathtubs.  Keep rinsing with the water until the baking soda has been rinsed from your dreads and always take care not to get any in your eyes.
  • For the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, I use the ratio of 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 1 cup of water in a bowl (sometimes I'll make a larger batch to accommodate my long dreads), but always be mindful of how much you're using -- overdoing it can sometimes irritate the skin) -- then just plop the dreads with the build-up into the bowl and swish them around.  Make sure they're thoroughly saturated.  When you're ready, use the pitcher again to rinse with clean water or jump in the shower.  When you're finished with both rinses you should really see improvement in the build-up if you were troubled with it.  I've seen great results on friends suffering with extreme lint and flakes from gels.

Build-up and smells have never been an issue for me, but I love doing them every few months to have a refreshing treat. Now as for the lavender and other essential oils (like orange, vanilla, mint, etc.), it's always been trial-and-error.  Sometimes I like to use a little more -- sometimes less.  I started out with a few drops at first to see how it settled into my dreads...then added a bit more.  I've found that little often goes a long way.  Experiment and do shop around (even a little online research never hurts).  I'm not sure of which brand you saw at WF or where you live, but you might also find an awesome oil at a small independent shop that sells natural meds and homemade oils, too.  Trial-and-error, kiddo.  What works for someone else might not always work for you and vice versa.  Always be conscious of ingredients and ALWAYS, ALWAYS test your skin and scalp first to make sure you're not allergic.  Good luck and have fun -- let us know how it goes x0x


Comment by Lexi on August 8, 2011 at 9:01pm
baking soda and vinegar = good?
how much vinegar?
also, about how much lavender oil should I put into one mixture of bs? should I do the lavender oil after the bs/vineger mix? or should i do all together at once?
and is there a place I can get good lavender oil for cheap or do I just need to go shop around? I saw at whole foods they had a little tiny vile for like $12
Comment by Adam on June 13, 2011 at 10:26pm

Just made my first bs wash. Only thing i had to buy was tea tree oil for $10 at target. Started with some baking soda from the kitchen, and half the bottle of tea tree oil. Then went to my herb garden and blended in fresh aloe vera, rosemary, mint, and basil. I added about 1 lt. of water and blended it all as much as possible. after letting it sit for a few min. the mixture separated, i filtered out the chunks through a paper towel (wiped my face with the freshly saturated paper towel, made my skin feel fresh and the mint gave me a little energy boost). I poured the liquid into a spray bottle, and its ready to go. I made enough to wash my brothers and my hair about 4 times each. Only thing im worried about is the shelf life of the wash. Should i do anything special for storage? I was planning on using once a week for a month. After the first use i have to say it was the best shower i've ever taken! my hair feels and smells great!

Comment by Lance Erickson on April 28, 2011 at 11:31am
Who would have thought, something as simple as Bicarbonate of Soda would work so well: much better than shampoo. Wash every two to four days. Add Tea Tree oil, Rosemary and Peppermint. I think I need to wash my hair NOW!

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Comment by Naomi on February 15, 2011 at 6:31pm
I add a little dr bromers soap, some mint/ Rosemary oils. And a touch of borax. I still have my hair, and it's the cleanest least itchy mix I've come up

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