I am at about 3 1/2 months along my dreading process, using twist and rip method. (Yes, I re-tnr, ends only unless practically the whole dread has fallen out trying to leave it alone, then I tnr as much as necessary - and yes, I know most all of you are against this but it is a matter for another day. They have dreaded up pretty nicely for three months I think, and I have even been getting compliments)!
So, the big problems are: some of the dreads, mainly the ones at the top back of my head, seem to have this crusty stuff on them. I have no idea what it is, I scrape it with my fingernail and nothing comes off, it just feels really hard and crusty. I can't see anything on them in a magnifying mirror either. What could it be? I haven't used any products on it. I can only guess it could be un-dissolved salt water spray or baking soda. But wouldn't those wash out? This does not wash out. Is it just the way tightly knotted dreads feel? I don't really think that is the way they are supposed to feel.
I also have a terrible dandruff problem! I can feel scaly stuff on parts of scalp, tried tea tree oil (diluted) on it, and finally got some T-Gel, which I have used twice, and has not improved it. I am now ready for a third wash with it. Is there something else I can do? Oh, the last wash (after two T-Gel washes), I used the liquid dread shampoo with baking soda and tea tree oil added to it, and diluted with water so I wouldn't have to scrub so much (just on the dandruffy places).
I also wondered if there is any way to clean my scalp without disturbing the dreads at all, like a 'dry shampoo' of some sort. Sprinkle BS on my scalp only, then rinse later? Maybe leave it on overnight? I don't know, but I don't like 'fixing' them after every wash. Any way to be easier on the dreads would be great.
I was also wondering one more thing - can anyone personally vouch for the Locking Gel or the Himalayan pink sea salt spray from the shampoo shop connected to this site? I was thinking of buying them but don't want to do it unless people have had real success with them!
But, the dandruff and weird stuff along the dread are the big problems! I really appreciate any and all input! Is there any help out there, PLEASE??!!!
updated by @renee-stewart: 01/13/15 09:58:58PM