Go to the grocery store. Or even the dollar store for some items. To prepare your hair to lock, start with a white vinegar wash. Smells HORRID, but it frizzes your hair right up, and makes the initial locking process easier. This is great for fine straight hair. For curly hair, try a salt water rinse. For maintenance, washing with baking soda is HEAVEN!! It cleans your scalp up, make your dreads soft, and just feels awesome in general. I like to add a bit of sea salt to help lock up a bit while washing. Air dry, possibly in the sun. Then go buy some essential oils, or make a tea. I made a rosemary mint tea, and I spray that every few days to freshen em up. As for aloe, make sure its aloe VERA. I live in FL, so its on every corner, (yay me!!) but it can easily be bought at grocery stores in the produce.
So, in my bathroom I have a spray bottle for my hair tea, and a spray bottle for my salt water. I also have a gallon pitcher, and some baking soda. I am locking up, my dreads are soft and smell good, and I am proud to step out of my house. Most of these items only cost a few bucks, so even if something didnt work for me, I dont feel like I wasted the money.
Also, for those starting out, every hair type is different. Just because it works for me, doesn't mean it'll work for you. I wish I had been told this at the beginning, because I was told so many things, it was just confusing. Try things. experiment. As long as its a natural product, it shouldn't do anything wrong but slow the process a bit.
SO... good luck to all, and have fun. Be proud. And if you have any questions on recipes for the rinses, just let me know!
updated by @jessa: 02/14/15 05:39:52AM