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Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 06:27:48PM
2,710 posts

I NEED HELP starting my natty dreads!


Dreading Methods

For washing purposes, I don't see a problem with it. But out of curiosity, I googled "purified vs hard water", and came up with this:

http://blog.watershed.net/2008/06/03/why-purified-water-is-bad-for-you/

It's worth a look. I then checked one of my favorite bottled teas, and realized I should probably stop drinking it, or at least not as much as I do now

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 01:47:44PM
2,710 posts

Weird root build up.


Help! Save My Dreads

I was a cook for 5 years. I started cooking when my locks were under a year old. So they were crazy and wild. If you have to look nicer, you can wear a plain black tam. It's simple and professional. Maybe your job could get you a patch to sew onto the front of it and make yourself a walking advertisement.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 01:27:10PM
2,710 posts

Weird root build up.


Help! Save My Dreads

http://www.humanism.org.uk/campaigns/freedom-of-belief

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2003/1660/contents/made

.org sites are generally pretty reliable. .gov sites are absolutely reliable sources of info. So the first one should give you a good idea of your rights, and the second was a link provided by the first site. Read through it.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 01:22:54PM
2,710 posts

Weird root build up.


Help! Save My Dreads

What job do you do? Are you growing you locks for their look, or for spiritual reasons? if you are growing them for spiritual purposes, you might need to check the laws in your area, but in the states, you don't have to do anything to clean them up. They are protected by the first amendment. No employer is allowed to not hire or fire you because of your locks. They can not force you to do anything to them, either.

Look into your laws. Get familiar, and stand up for yourself

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 11:39:40AM
2,710 posts

I NEED HELP starting my natty dreads!


Dreading Methods

No problem. Yeah, the BS wash is great, but you'll want to do something about the hard water issue before you use it

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 11:32:59AM
2,710 posts

Dreadlock Maintenance?!


Dread Maintenance

It's all about patience. I'm one of those people who needed over a year to see much of anything. Check my pics. They look fine. Doug's would have too, if he had been a little patient. Once he saw the stylist, his hair go destroyed. If that't the look he's going for, so be it. But check out all the scalp showing in between his roots. That's ugly and will cause baldness. Plus, his locks are not rock hard and stiff. They stick out in all directions. Locks should be soft and spongy. They should lay pretty flat. When they stick out like that, you can see how damaged they are.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 11:26:33AM
2,710 posts

I NEED HELP starting my natty dreads!


Dreading Methods

Ok. I checked Irvine, Ca. You've got Very hard water:

If you're going to use BS or Dr. Bronners, you'll run into some issues unless you do a few things

FIrst, you could boil your water. Let it cool, and then very gently pour off most of it. Don't rush, and don't pour of all the water into a container. That'll leave most of the minerals in the original pot. Then you can mix the BS and be fine.

Or you can get a soft water filter for your shower head. You won't have to boil anything, and can use either the BS or Bronners.

If you're feeling inventive, you can make a distillery. It's really easy. There are videos all over youtube for how to do it. You just need 2 containers. 1 bigger than the other. about 15-20 feet of hose or piping. black and white spray paint, and a platform of wood or something about 3-5 inches tall.

Paint the big container black, and put it on the platform. Fill it with normal hard water. Paint the hose and small container white. Coil the hose so that it's about 3 feet long. And attach it to the smaller container.

This should all be done outside. As he hard water absorbs heat, it'll evaporate, and run through the coil, cooling it down. When it's cool, it'll condense and drip into the smaller container. That new water ill be pure distilled water. Perfect for anything you want to use it for.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 11:10:29AM
2,710 posts

I NEED HELP starting my natty dreads!


Dreading Methods

I would always recommend the BS/ACV wash. One way to tell if you have hard water is to wash your hands with the bronners. If they dry and feel bone dry, you are probably ok. if you feel soft and silky, then you probably have hard water. Hard water doesn't rinse off all the soap, so it leave a silky residue. Again, sorry, I didn't check where you lived, If you let me know, I can check maps and see what kind of water you've got

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 08:48:18AM
2,710 posts

dread newb, not enough dreads? help please


Help! Save My Dreads

I'm right with you. I have pretty thin hair. And I have 17 locks. The thing is, Many of my sections aren't under 1 inch. I have at least 3 locks with 2 inch sections. If I were to have split them into smaller locks, I could have 50 instead of 17.

If you TnR or even back comb, your locks will start off looking MUCH thinner than they will end up. So the thinness that you are seeing is probably due to that. Like Eagle said, they will thicken up over time. And if you don't want monster locks, you probably want to take them out and start over. It's easier to combine 2 locks later than it is to split a big one into 2.

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