Protecting Dreads While Working
Yeah you're right, it makes more sense that way
So I am about to start doing conservation work in the Grand Canyon, and this is very dirty work. I will be tent camping for nine days at a time, and will likely not have access to showering facilities. I want to make sure my dreads are protected as much as possible, while also still being able to develop and mature. I have a plethora of head scarves known as "Buffs" which I have used to keep my hair back since way before I got dreads. I've been doing construction work in between conservation seasons and have tucked my dreads into the buffs and worn hats over that. I'm afraid this is too restrictive, and may not even be doing that great a job of protecting my hair anyway, as dirt and particles can easily get through the fabric of a Buff
Are there any tams that would do a good job of keeping out small particulate such as dust? Also, do tams fit well on the head? I need something that will stay on even if I am swinging a pickax at full force. I've checked etsy for tams, are there any better places to check for what I'm looking for? Thanks again guys, any info would be appreciated.
So I know you guys have pretty extensive experience with this shampoo on this website, and I have loved it ever since I got it. But I want to know, how does it lock hair so fast? I have been washing once a week with this stuff and I am starting to wonder if I need to slow down the locking process and condition my hair just a bit. I say this because its been about a week since I last washed my dreads, so I was thinking of washing them today, but they are still feeling light and free of any moisture or oils, except a bit of scalp oil near the roots. Every day I wake up and my dreads feel different, like they are getting tighter and more compact.
Should I think about getting one of the bars soon? I want to make sure my hair is balanced while it locks, I don't need them to lock up super fast if it means I am drying my hair out too much.
This is basically what I was thinking, so I'll give that first option a try. I'm snowed in for probably the next week or so, so I've gotta be super careful not to run the well dry or I'll be having to melt snow lol.
Thank you so much, Soaring Eagle. This site, this community, and your advice has been more valuable than gold to me. Who better to learn about dreadlocks than someone with locs that have been around almost as long as I've been alive? And your length is like two of me standing on top of each other lol. Glad to finally have found info I trust based on the most gentle and natural methods possible.
What I've learned here is that if you love your locs, they will love you back.
I'll have to pick up some rosemary oil whenever I have money again. I mostly want oils for fragrance, and I loooove rosemary. Lavender too and I have that on hand so after I've done enough research to feel comfortable using this brand of oil in my hair, I think I'm going to try it. Mainly just want to make sure I won't be making my hair all oily, so thanks for the info!
I know I just made a post but this question seemed to warrant its own thread.
I'm wondering if I can safely use small amounts of essential oils in my six month old dreads. I would like to start using lavender oil in my hair because I love the fragrance. I use it as a natural deodorant already so I just want my hair to also smell like that.
Question is, would this cause any conditioning? I'm using Vicki's liquid dread shampoo and l love it (will be writing a review on their site soon, which I will share on this forum). It's been doing wonders for speeding up my locking process and I don't want to hinder that.
Also what is a good way to apply essential oils to dreads?
Lastly, if there are any people who use oils, what oils are good for dreads? I mostly want the extra fragrance but if there are oils I can use for helping to lock the hair or soothe my scalp, I might try them too. Any input would be appreciated!
Hello all. I need to know if there are any good ways to wash dreads while conserving water. I live in an RV in rural north Arizona, and we have to haul water to our property which takes time and an inordinate amount of money. Therefore, I have to conserve every gallon of water meticulously. Also, my hot water only last five minutes at the most, and that's if you turn the hot water down so it's lukewarm, otherwise the water is painfully cold. I also turn the water off while scrubbing my scalp to conserve warm water. Can anyone think of how I might be able to wash my hair and rinse it completely using as little water as possible?
In fact, if anyone could just tell me, step by step, how they wash their dreads, it could help me out. I read somewhere that soaking dreads all the way through makes the shampoo not penetrate as well, that you only soak them to rinse. Any truth to that?