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Hard water vs. soft water is dependent on how much undissolved minerals, like limestone, shale, or granite, are in the water. Soft water has very few. Hard water has a lot.
Different areas have different water. Because of the hardness of the water, BS doesn't always dissolve completely. It may look like it does, but it's just gettingdispersedthroughout the water.
Ok, don't worry about flat locks:
You should be washing more often. Twice in over 3 weeks is going to make your hair kind of gritty. You should be washing 2-3 times a week.
If you have hard water, the BS doesn't dissolve and won't wash out well, but that would usually leave a sticky goo, or flakes. So I'd bet it because you haven't washed your hair enough
There's no reason to cover your head at night. Some people like to, but it only helps create a general knottyness that needs to be separated more often. If your locks are already messy, don't bother covering them at night. It'll just make them all the messier.
I used to cover my head at night, but the tam fell off every night, so it doesn't really matter if you do or don't. Your hat will most likely not stay on the whole time.
My tattoo artist has his mohawk in locks. And like you, the back in a bit shorter than the top.
Just like anyone starting out, they will look goofy for a few months. The back will probably take longer to actually knot up just because of the length, but it's the back of your head. When people look at you fromt he front, they wont see the back of your head. So don't worry about that.
You can take biotin to help bolster your growth rate, but it does take a few months to start showing any signs of growing faster. I started a few weeks ago to help the hair on top of my head grow, and I am still waiting. but from what others have told me, it does work.
How are you planning on starting this set? Natural, or a starter method? And how many locks do you want/ how wide is the mohawk now?
There are dozens of posts here asking the same question, so you're not alone. I live in the city, and All I get around my area is some people calling me Bob Marley. It's not so bad. In Ireland, I had one women look me up and down with disgust, but didn't say anything.
I just smile at them and say hi. If they look away, I just go about my business. They don't effect me.
What I do get often, is people asking me where the drugs are at. To them I just say "Do I look like a pot head?" Then smile and laugh. This usually breaks the ice. They end up laughing too and if we have anything in common, it becomes a conversation. If not, they say thanks, and go their own way.
The only people I get negativity from is my family. My mom always wants me to cut my hair and says she'll pay for me to go to a salon and have them "done" neatly. I laugh, and tell her how damaging that is. My wife sticks up for me because she used to have locks too.
I always tell people in your situation to be very basic when explaining locks. Don't go into detail unless the person you are talking to asks deeper questions. Just tell them that you do wash your hair, and explain how you are growing them. Don't,necessarily, demand that locks happen naturally. Some people are not ready to hear that, and will get defensive. Once they wall themselves up, they will not hear anything you have to say, So be as general as possible and wait for them to ask the questions
Sorry I wasn't around last night. I was at a juggling show that some friends were putting on.
I interlocked and tied knots in some of my locks years and years ago. If they can come out, great, if not, just let them be. Hair will start to tangle around those point, but you'll always have a hard bump there. It's not great for your locks, but mine haven't had any major issues at the spot I did that to. There's 1 lock that is a bit skinny and weak right below a knot, but that is due to when I palm rolled back in the day, and not due to the knot. The knot just didn't help it the way I thought it would.
You should be fine. Just stop messing with your hair as much. Only separate when they really need it, and they will heal themselves in given time
BS doesn't rinse out well in hard water, either. Do you ever have white flakes or gunk left over, that's not dandruff?
Also, greasy or oily hair comes from it being too acidic. The ACV might be too much right now. How much are you using?
You should try only using it once a week in tiny amounts (1capfulfor 1 gallon of water). This will help push your pH back to the slightlyalkaline side of the scale. When it stops being oily and greasy, you could reintroduce the ACV to your wash regularly, but still in small amounts.
Also, this wont help the fact that BS doesn't dissolve well in hard water. Have you tried boiling your water first? If you boil it and very gently pour off the pure water (don't pour it all off, leave some at the bottom, because this is where all the undissolved minerals sank. You don't want to reintroduce them to the pure water) you can try washing with that and you may see a huge difference. Try doing this until you get the dreadlockshampoo.com soaps
Just what I figures. Wisconsin has a mix of Extremely Hard/Very hard/ and hard water. The Bronners is just not rinsing out. How many times did you use it or the Knottyboy stuff? If once or twice, a couple of rinse with ACV should help get the residue out. If multiple times, you may want to do a residue removal session to help clean it up. A good clarifying shampoo will do the trick. But don't over use it. Clarifying shampoos leave a residue of their own, but that can be washed out easier with the dreadlockshampoo.com soaps
Eagles right. And if you don't mind letting us know, where in the US are you? Some soaps, like Dr. B's and BS, don't like hard water. They just don't rinse out well, and Dr. B's leaves a heavy residue. That could be why it makes your hair feels heavy. The soaps from dreadlockshampoo,com are designed to work in hard or soft water.