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Definitely worth it. I got a small 1 ounce sample size of it, and it lasted for 4 washes. And if you really wanted, you could dilute it a bit to stretch it out
Stop using the Nutrigena shampoo. Notnecessaryat all. Just use the BS wash followed by the ACV rinse. With both of these, you don't have to touch your head at all. Just pour, wait, rinse.
How are you drying them?
And don't wear a beanie. They are too tight and restrict movement, which slows down the process considerably, and will make your locks grow it flatter. Not that flat locks don't look cool, but it'll force it to happen instead of it happening on it's own
No problem. It's common for many to want to clean up those loose hairs at the roots. But locks don't grow out of your scalp as 1 thick hair. As they grow they keep tangling. That's why we always say that even mature locks change on the regular. Mine are 6 years old. I had a bead that fit over one lock and only that lock for a while. I showered a few months ago, and all of a sudden that bead didn't fit anymore. I liked that bead, too. Too bad. Maybe one day I'll find a different lock it'll fit over.
Yes, it will effect how they lock. It'll make them lock better. New locks should always have about 2-3 inches of loose hair at the roots. That loose hair allows your hair to move around freely. This freedome lets them tangle and knot. If it was done too tight, they would have nothing to grab onto as they grew out. PLus they;d stick up looking like Sideshow Bob.
Take the bands out. Bands only hurt your locks. At best, they will just restrict movement and stop the from knotting. At worst, they can break off and get sucked into your hair and start to rot inside causing mold and mildew. Bands also are too tight and pinch your locks causing weak spots.
If you want to keep them sectioned off, you can use beads or wraps. Beads are better because they move freely and act like little knots. Wraps are ok, but restrict movement more.
As for how many and how skinny they are... Baby locks are always thinner than they will end up being. 27 is going to give you some pretty hefty locks. When they mature, they'll end up being roughly the size of the sections. You probably don't realize it, but I'd guess your sections are probably about and inch or more for most of them. So your locks will be about the thickness of quarters of even thicker. If you don't want them to end up this big, you can take them out, and redo them before they get too far along, and you lose all that progress. It;s easier to combine 2 locks than it is to split one into 2
Welcome. It looks like where you are, you might have a small issue with hard water. That area of Ak. is on the slightly-moderately hard side. The BS wash is great, I love it, but you might run into trouble with washing it all out. Give it a try, though. If you find yourself itching afterwards, even when you use ACV, you may want to look into any of the soaps from dreadlockshampoo.com. They are designed to work in all water types. And you can get liquid ones from them, so it's easier and gentler on your baby locks
Check out any of my vids. You'll see that most of my locks are made up of between 2 and 7 combined locks. It's not hard to do. You just stop separating them where you want 2 to become 1.
They ALWAYS will be thinner when they start out. When they start, they are more compressed than they should be. As you wash them, they will loosen up, and some might even come out. That's ok. As they reknot and tangle again, they will become sponge. This is because, while they are maturing, they tangle comfortably and correctly for themselves. When mature, they start to be just about the same size as the section. So as thin as they are, now, they wont be in 6 months. They'll be much thicker
Just rinse it like that now to stop the itching. You don't want your hair to be wet longer than it has to be. So only rinse it if you really have to. don't rely on this as a cure-all.
I'd recommend boiling it in a pot, instead of a kettle. In a pot, you can see better how much water is left. If the right light, you should even be able to see the undissolved particles. You'll be better able to judge when to stop pouring. And water doesn't boil any faster in a kettle than in a pot, anyway. Yes, pour it into a different container. Let it cool down first, then either mix your BS right in there, or use a funnel and pour it into a bottle and mix in that. Don't pour boiling hot water into a plastic bottle. Obviously.
You should be fine. When you get pure water to wash with, maybe let the vinegar soak for a little longer to help reset the pH. You shouldn't have anything to worry about. BS is a base, but it's not an overly strong one
Yeah, them you have hard water. The BS is not dissolving completely nor is it getting rinsed out. That's causing the itchiness. If it is still itching, wash it with just pure cold water. Then go and see if you can either get distilled water or, better yet, a soft water shower head
Ok... Where in the UK are you?
Because of your location on the map, you might, and probably do have hard water. In hard water, the BS will not be able to break down completely. This means that you can't rinse it out completely. When a base like Baking soda is stuck in your hair, it'll just keep reacting with whatever moisture is on your head. No matter how much ACV you use, or how much your rinse, the BS will not get washed off, so it'll just keep making your scalp more basic that it should be. This causes itching and brittleness.
There are ways to stop this. You could A) boil you water and very gently pour off the pure water and leave the minerals behind. Don't pour fast, or all of the water off, because that'll just remix the minerals. Or B) make or buydistilledwater. I'm not sure where you can buy it there, but making it isn't that hard. Or C) get a soft water purifying shower head. This is the easiest.
With the pure water that you either bought,made or boiled, though, you shouldn't have anymore issues with BS not fully dissolving