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Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 07:43:28PM
2,730 posts

I NEED HELP starting my natty dreads!


Dreading Methods

Dallas, you can wash every 2-3 days. Some people like to wash more, some a little less. Some like to was once a week. Really, it's up to you. If you feel like you need to wash, but it's only been 2 days, don't fret. Just wash. All that is really important is to make sure that your hair is completely dry between washes.

Robyn, You might want to look into boiling your water, or getting a water softener for your shower head. Either way will work. But if you ever notice that after washing with BS, you get a little white flaking, or it itches soon after, then it's a hard water issue.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 06:50:16PM
2,730 posts

I NEED HELP starting my natty dreads!


Dreading Methods

I have heard great review of soft water filters for your shower head. You should be able to find them at any hardware store.

Using distilled water every 3-4 days, externally, should not give you a problem. If you use dit every day, it would be bad. And if you drank it, that would be a problematic

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 06:27:48PM
2,730 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
2,730 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
2,730 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
2,730 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
2,730 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
2,730 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
2,730 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.

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