911need help.....otherwise i'll have to take out my dreads
a little over a month
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a little over a month
i forgot to mention that since i have a naturally oily scalp and sweat heavily regularly, i cleanse my dreads 2 to 3 times a week.
Hi all. I've been letting my dreads do their natural thing while cleansing them with SE's BS recipe. More specifically 3/4 cup baking soda, 10 drops tea tree oil, 20 drops lavender oil, 20 drops rosemary oil. After letting it soak for 20 to 30 minutes I rinse my dreads out with cool water. After that I do the AC rinse ( same amount of oil as BS recipe, with 1 gallon of water and a "glob" of cocoa butter). I also spray with water and sea salt after each wash. I also tried 5 drops of lemon, 1 drop of tea tree oil and 1 drop of rosemary with a 50/50 mix.I'm having two main issues with my dreads and scalp.
1.The main issues i'm having is dandruff. It goes away after the wash but comes back within hours. I can't seem to stop the dandruff no matter what. In my line of work this is unacceptable, both to me and my job.
2. A few of my dreads are too loose at the roots. I know that 3 to 4 inches is normal for a loose root, however a few of my dreads are coming undone and are halfway loose while the other half is dreaded.
Please, I DO NOT want to take my dreads out, but if I can't at least fix issue number one I'm going to have to take my dreads out.
lots of info. thanks so much panterra. love your dreads too. this site literally saved my dreads. i'm thankful to whomever is responsible for creating this site and to everyone here. everyone is welcoming and helpful.
Panterra Caraway said:
Hi! Panterra here! I heard my name...LOL SE is 100% correct! (He does that alot!). Please stop using the lemon, because in the long run it will cause you major unhappiness. Also, because your hair is dark, you would find your hair taking on a rusty, red hue (especially if you are outdoors alot). Because your hair is of an oily nature, I highly recommend the BS wash. Also, continue with the sea salt spray. After the BS wash, I would advise following with ACV, but...contrary to my usually instructions...I would advise half strength of your BS mixture. In other words...if you use 1/2 cup of BS to a bucket of water...please only use a 1/4 cup of ACV. Don't be mislead into thinking that because you are oily you can skip the ACV. If you do happen to find that the hair feels slimey or oilier after it is totally dry after your wash, then by all means further cut the ACV mixture (but do not skip it!). I have used Ion products numerous times, and I personally do not care for them, although some people do. Anyway, I am pretty confident that if you follow with sea salt sprays, the ACV mixture I outlined will be fine. Oh, and as for washing...in these earliy stages...I would recommend washing 3 times a week and then drop to 2 once you have significant progress (most likely at about 6 mos.). Hope this helped. Drop by my page anytime with any questions.
soaring eagle said:
lemons a curosive acid that penetrates into the inner layers of the hair shaft and can damage it panteerra can explain the actual procress i think it breaks down the inner layer chemicaly its especialy bad if u had color treatted it
but lemon bleaches haoi=ir when exposed to heat or sun also
thats because its afecting the inner layer beneath the cuticles (which are damaged and permenantly pried open from backcombing)
hello. i'm so thankful i found this site. This was my second attempt at dreads and I was on the borderline of giving up seeing as I was using pomade, regular backcombing etc etc. My dreads are almost a month old. I started off by having them backcombed by a friend of mine and had rubber bands at both the roots and the tips. I regularly applied pomade and recently started using a homemade (i found this online) accelerator that consists of lemon,water and 3 tbsp sea salt. Once I found this site I discontinued using pomade ( for the last few days) and decided to go the natural way. My question here is that I sweat heavily as well as having a very oily scalp. In my line of work I'm very physically active which causes me to sweat a lot. Should I wash more often then once a week since I have an oily scalp (as well as dandruff) and sweat a lot. Any help would be appreciated! thanks in advance