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Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/07/12 12:05:42AM
2,730 posts

I'm so that glad this site exists


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

I thought you didn't. Locks that were waxed once or twice may seem fine down the line because loose hair covers up the wax, but it is still inside them. It traps water and causes them to rot. It might not start smelling right away. But when they smell like a wet dog after he showers, even if the smell goes away when they dry, that's a sure sign that mildew or mold is growing. Many people think that if they smell fine dry then nothing is wrong. That's a myth. Mold doesn't always smell all the time. But it does eventually get a musky odor that is constant. Other may not smell it right away, but given time, as it grows more and more, others will smell it too.

Wax also forces locks to not mature and stay in their infant stages. It is just glued together. I'm sure you know. When waxed locks finally have the wax removed, people find that their locks are no where near as mature as they thought. This scares many people into ignoring the simple fact that something you'd use to waterproof your car does not belong in your hair.

I'd keep trying to explain to him that wax is damaging, but don't judge him on the fact that he wants to keep it there. When he finds out that wax is ruining his locks, let him come to the conclusion on his own and don't say "I told you so". This will make him reject your help later down the line if he wants to grow them again.

If you want to, you can use my story about what wax did to my hair. I think it's in the featured discussions under recovery. Not sure. It's definitely in the dreaducation page. Or message me for a detailed explanation

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/06/12 11:33:55PM
2,730 posts

I'm so that glad this site exists


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

It will be stuck in there forever if you don't vigorously try to get it out. There are methods, though. Dawn dish soap, Wax-B-Gone from dreadlockshampoo.com are both good products for removing it. There is a good description of how to get it out in the dreaducaion page. It's not easy, and can take a long time, But if you don't, you run a VERY huge risk of growing mold and having locks rot and fall off.

How long ago did you use wax? And how many times?

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/06/12 11:30:59PM
2,730 posts

greasy hair...


General Questions

What are you washing with and how?

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/06/12 07:57:40PM
2,730 posts

Natural no comb method.


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

Right right. So you could probably get away with washing well with a strong BS wash, and forget the dawn. If you have nothing for the residue to get trapped in, then the BS should strip away any that is clinging to your hair follicles

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/06/12 07:34:30PM
2,730 posts

Natural no comb method.


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

Ok, cool. But you don't wash with it like you normally would wash your hair. Get yourself a big bowl, preferably a pot. Fill it with the warmest water you can keep your hands in for long periods. Squirt in a generous amount of the soap. Then 1 by 1, dip your locks into it and work the soap into them. Try to do it for about a minute each.

Then go ahead and do your normal wash. I'd do this each time before your normal wash for a couple of weeks to be sure it's all gone. it's a bit time consuming. But it's worth it to be sure residue is out.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/06/12 06:56:04PM
2,730 posts

Natural no comb method.


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

How many times did you use it? Suave leaves residue behind. Even the anti residue stuff leave some behind. If you used it once or twice, multiple BS washes should get rid of it. But if you used it continuously, you might want to look into a residue removal session. Dawn Dish soap or the wax remover from dreadlockshampoo.com is great for it. But a lot of residue wont just wash out in your normal washes


updated by @baba-fats: 07/13/15 10:48:02AM
Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/06/12 06:25:40PM
2,730 posts

Natural no comb method.


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

What have you been using so far? Most normal shampoos leave a residue that might need to be removed

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/06/12 06:11:03PM
2,730 posts

Natural no comb method.


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

How often do you wash now, and with what? When they are forming, you want to wash more often than when they are mature. 2-3 times a week is great for baby locks. When mature, you can lower it to 1-2 times a week

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/06/12 06:09:32PM
2,730 posts

Natural no comb method.


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

Welcome and congrats. You'll love it.

So, you will be expecting in the first few weeks to see them start to really section themselves off. They won't be forming mature locks yet, but they will start to show you where the sections will be forming.

They will start to tangle a bit, and then will probably untangle again. Then they;ll tangle again and then untangle. This happens. It's forward progress. Everytime they come undone, they are really just finding their own way, and positioning themselves where they feel most natural and comfortable on your head.

When they really start coming together, you will be seeing some serious shrinkage, probably. Many people notice that they lose between 1/3 and 1/2 their original length. At this point, you will be sing bumps and loops and stray hairs everywhere. It's a good thing. Loops and bumps mean that your hair is starting to catch on itself and form knots. Let them be. Just wash and separate as needed. Try to not let them form any huge locks that might get painful later on.

The 4th months tends to be the messiest stage. So when you are around there, and start feeling despair because they are not coming along as you thought, just keep going. Soon after that, you will see some dramatic changes and tightening of your locks.

Check out the timeline pages and see what others are going through. Valerie is still in her forming stages, I believe. She's got some great pics of them. And Heather has awesome pics of the loops in her locks

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/05/12 10:19:57PM
2,730 posts

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General Talk

I know. I was in Kansas for a week in 05. When I got home, I thought I was tanned. Nope. I scrapped off a huge layer of dirt with my nails. That was only 1 week. I couldn't think of what 2 weeks would do

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