Welcome to the Community Tom. I hope you are using apple cider vinegar (ACV) after each use of the baking soda wash. Just icase you do not know the ratio: 1/2 cup baking soda (BS) to 5 cups water, mix and pour over wet head and leave on for 10 minutes, rinse out well. Next you must balance the hairs PH from using the BS. Mix 1 capful of ACV to 5 cups of water, pour over head and rinse out right away or within 1 minute. If you miss this step, you will slowly dry out your hair & it will take months to make it soft again....enjoy your journey...Peace
Welcome. Do you leave the bicard and salt in and let it dry? That will cause severe damage to your hair and scalp. With the BS wash, you need to soak your head in it for about 10 minutes. Then rinse it off really well. And since BS is a base, it raises your pH level too high. Once rinsed out, you need to do a rinse with an apple cider vinegar solution. That will lower your pH level back to a safe and healthy range.
Also, salt should never be left in your hair for more than about 2 hours. It will over dry your hair and scalp, making it brittle and weak.
Welcome to the community Kholeka and greetings to South Africa!. You came to the best site on the web for happy, healthy dreadlock information and fantastic, warm people.....Peace
welcome i guess baba thouroughly covered the hazards of saloi9n dreads so i wont repeat what he said just say welcome
It's good you were able to get the gel out. That stuff isn't good for locks. And the Mythylchloroisothiazlinone is extremely toxic to your health. It's been directly linked to multiple organ cancers. The factory workers who make it are required by law to wear complete hazmat suits when handling it.
If you want to give your locks a little shine, so they don't look dull, get some jojoba oil, and any other eo's you want But Jojoba oil should always be something you have. It's the closest oil to what your skin naturally produces. So it won't glob up, and leave residue. It washes away pretty easily, but does wonders to moisturize. If you have African textured hair (Not sure, the only guy I know from SA is white), you can use coconut oil. But caucasian hair is too smooth, and coconut oil will condition it too much.
The soap we talk about on this site isn't going to be in an stores you can find. It's a small company based outside of Philadelphia, Pa in the US. I live about 45 minutes away from them, and I still can't find it in a store. You need to order it off of their website. But the shipping isn't bad if you buy multiple items. Vicki, the woman who makes the soap, is a member here. And she uses flat rate packaging. So you can get about 6 bars into the pakcage before the shipping rate goes up. It's definitely worth it.
I don't know about that other soap you mentioned. Id have to look into what the ingredients are. But most normal soaps contain too many conditioners that leave residue. Your hair may need more conditioning. But there are ways to do it without adding residues
Welcome? What do you mean "styling dreads"? Were they started at a salon? If so, what was used? Salons are notorious for destroying locks. As you now know. But the products they tend to use stay in your hair for decades. If they used wax, we can definitely help you clean it out and get you on your way to super healthy locks