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the Barrellady
07/06/13 09:18:03PM @the-barrellady:

Glad I could help you Jennifer. I have very hard well water and know what can happen. If ever you think you have a residue build up in your dreads/hair you can use Neutrogena Anti Residue Shampoo to remove it, works fantastic. I find that I get a build up every few months just by rinsing with my tap water, so this removes the minerals that have built up. Rather strong stuff, so just use it 3 or 4 times a year, try not to get in on scalp if possible, just rub the dread sections, as the scalp gets dried out after using it. You can purchase the smallest bottle you can find, as it lasts a long time. The baking soda does not mix well with hard water, so that is why the jug or boiling method is recommended. Unfortunately hard water does build up over time, when the Neutrogena is used, the rinsing it out water comes out gray- all those minerals., And the hair feels so clean and lightweight!!....enjoy your journey, you will love it....peace

I now use that stuff on my daughters undreaded hair twice a year to get the minerals out.....

the Barrellady
07/06/13 08:08:37PM @the-barrellady:

Welcome to the community Jennifer, It sounds like you are off to a great start. Great to hear one of your reasons you started to dread, it is true liberation! Many dread shampoo on the market do not work well in hard water, they slowly leave a residue build up...below is a map so you can see what type you works excellent in hard water, all water types and the creator of that is also a member on this site. Also, if you have hard water, you can do one of two things for your baking soda wash: purchase jug water (I use a water cooler size one, lasts forever), or you can boil your water. After it boils, just let the minerals settle to the bottom of pot and slowly pour out water, leaving the minerals behind.

You will enjoy your journey for sure, and all the freedom that comes with it.....peace

07/06/13 03:29:22PM @jazzymomma:

good to hear hun :) i agree with the lil ones not thinking is wat u need to be like perfection if apperances. societys bs lol WELCOME TO DREADLOCKSSITE MY DEAR may peace b with u along ur journey ahead:)

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
07/06/13 01:59:26PM @soaring-eagle:

haha like that 'life doesnt have a dress code'

Baba Fats
07/06/13 10:06:50AM @baba-fats:

My oils cost about 15-20 for only 5mL. So it's about the same. If you want to use teatree for it's medicinal value as well, get the good stuff. Peppermint doesn't need to be the highest grade. But it's nicer to use.

Check out They have a great selection, for s pretty good price. I don't know how their shipping works yet. I haven't needed oils for a while.

You only need to separate when the bodies of locks start to congo together. Some people need to do this every day. Most people only need to separate once a week. I have 2 separating tutorials on my page

Baba Fats
07/06/13 08:51:04AM @baba-fats:

how much water do you use? And how many drops of oils in that amount? I use a 1 liter bottle and add about 20 drops teatree, 20 rosemary, and 15 peppermint. The scent doesn't stay strong for a long time. But the hint of it is there until my next wash

Baba Fats
07/06/13 08:10:47AM @baba-fats:

Welcome. You don't need to do the EO's separately, though. YOu can mix them with both the BS or ACV, or both

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
07/05/13 09:34:19PM @soaring-eagle:

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Gabriel Audet-Bourgault
07/16/13 02:16:36PM @tyler-chidester:

Welcome to the community Zack. Love your hair texture and better yet, so will dreads! Definitely go the neglect method with your type, they will certainly turn out the best and look awesome. Read your questions, so I will answer here:

  • in regards to tying them up for work, do it just before your shift starts and take them out as soon as your shift ends. Tying them will delay the process a bit, so do it as little as possible. When you are not at work, keep them free to move and knot. The best way I find is by using a shoe lace. That way you can choose any color. The texture of them allows them to be tied as loose as possible, that way there is no pressure point on the hair at all. You'll be amazed how loose you can tie them and still have them stay in. if you use a long one, you can wrap it around twice...nice and loose.
  • shampoo: water type plays a large roll on what dread shampoos or bars you can use, if you have soft water, then any type will do. With hard water, many of those same ones do not rinse out properly and slowly leave behind a residue build up. If you need a fantastic one, most of us recommend All natural products created by a member on this site.
  • pay attention to the back of your head, many people doing the neglect method will find that it joins into a matted area due to sleeping habits. If that happens, just separate the sections from each other. Baba Fats posted videos on how to do this
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us. Keep them healthy and you will have happy dreads for life if you want.....peace

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