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Two questions.

5 years ago
26 posts

Hey, Just two quick questions.

My hair takes awhile to dry (cold damp England), so I often use a hair dryer on a low blow setting to help it dry. Will using a hair dryer mess up my dreading progress at all? I've used it a little less recently and noticed a little more progress.

Second, I will be going swimming soon in a nice big chlorine filled pool. I am guessing a baking soda isn't going to cut it. Will it be fine to use just normal shampoo to get my hair clean, or is there some magic non-baby dread harming trick?

updated by @sirick: 01/13/15 09:51:20PM
Kristina P
5 years ago
14 posts

I use a hairdryer every day, it should be ok, just low setting. I also concentrate on my scalp, my dreads stay wet but not dripping.

You would rather slow the process down a bit than get mold in your dreads.

just use normal, as in no chemicals or softeners, shampoo. What kind of shampoo do you use?

5 years ago
26 posts

At the moment I use the whole baking soda thing, before that I just used whatever was already in the shower, nothing special.

the Barrellady
5 years ago
1,302 posts

Hi Sirick, baking soda and chlorine do not mix well together. Also, I suggest you wet your dreads before using the pool and then rinse the chlorine out well when finished.

My drying time has been cut down dramatically by using a micro fiber towel, like a Shamwow, to absorb a ton of water out of the hair, Great for rainy days too. Those towels literally suck the water right out. They can be found in most auto sections in most stores. My other towel tip is to use a regular towel that is the same color as your own hair, that way any towel lint will not be noticeable when it stick to your dreads, dreads love to swallow towel lint.

When using the blowdryer, besides using it on low and cool heat, make sure to constantly move it around so that you do not damage your dreads. Even do it for only a few minutes, stop for a couple of minutes to cool down your dreads, then do it again etc...blowdryers over time can damage the hair, whether it is dreaded or not, so just use with caution.

You may pay a bit for shipping, but I really do recommend the shampoos from Dreadlocks Shampoo. Vicky makes the best ones that can be found, and they were made with hard water in mind, which many of us have, they rinse out perfectly and leave no residues. I used baking soda for my first year, now I use her shampoos and they are just the cats meow.

Have fun swimming.....Peace

The Hippie Circle
5 years ago
34 posts
Oooooo good towel tips Barrellady! I have become a lint machine these days!
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