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If the BS solution is too weak, it'll start exfoliating, but won't be strong enough to strip it completely off your scalp and out of your hair. When it dries, it'll leave that gummy mess. If it;s still not strong enough the next time you wash, it'll just exfoliate more dead skin but will still leave some behind. This just piles more and more of that goo in your hair and on your scalp.
If you make it stronger, it should start to clear up that residue. It own't happen right away because there is so much, but after a few washes it'll be all gone.
As for Dr. Bronners. It's awesome. I used it for the first 5 years, and nothing else. I just started with the BS wash about 4 months ago, and haven't turned back. But, I have nothing against it. I used it once when I was in Ireland because I couldn't bring a baggie of white powder onto a plane. lol.
But Dr. bronners has 1 drawback. It doesn't rinse out well in hard water. It'll leave a sticky residue behind. If you have soft water, it's a great soap. I use it for normal washing. But it just doesn't work well in hard water.
You're right that baking soda isn't a detergent. It' not even close. It's a salt. Salts aren't detergents. I could go into the biology and chemistry of what makes a detergent, but that's for a different discussion. It has cleaning powers because it's a salt and isabrasive. You could clean just about anything with plain table salt. But the gases that baking soda releases makes it more effective as a cleaner.
I understand that you love lemon. I like it to. But in your hair it will do more damage than good. I know we've said it before, and I don't want to stress the point, because you can do whatever you want with your hair. It's yours. We are just trying to inform you of how to keep your locks and scalp healthy. What you do or don't do with that information is up to you. No one is going to go to your house and hide all of your lemons
Baking soda is an abrasive. Of course, It's a salt. When mixed with so much water, itdissolvesand becomes CO2 with some left over minerals. It's abrasive nature is what scours the dead skin off of your scalp making it healthier. It also removes oils. You can use baking soda to clean dirty pots and pans. It's not just the water and sponge that get oil and grease off of them. It's the abrasiveness of BS.
Sure, they don't sell BS as a cleaning agent directly. But why do you think that many cleaning products advertise using it? Why would toothpaste have it if it did not clean as well and scrub? Why would clothing detergent have it?
Your hair gets oily because the pH of your scalp and hair is too acidic. When you use BS, which is a base, the pH of your scalp raises and you stop producing as much oil.
Sure Vinegar can be used to clean too. But it is not the only cleaning part of the BS/ACV wash. While the BS raises your pH, the vinegar brings it back down to the correct range for a healthy scalp.
You don't even really need to cool the tube down with anything. Get about 15-20 feet of tubing and paint it white. Then coil it so it is only about 3 feet long. Paint the hard water tank black. The black will absorb heat boiling the water. The white tube will reflect light cooling the water,
Just make sure that the hard water tank is a few inches above the distilled water tank
Hard water means that there are hard minerals in your water. It's not bad for you. It just means that there in calcium, limestone, or other minerals floating around. Soft water is just more filtered. Many countries or parts of countries that have large mineral deposits have hard water. You can safely drink it without any heath side effects. But it tastes more metallic.
Those minerals keep certain soaps and cleaners from dissolving in the water. Boiling it is not enough, though. You need to pour off the pure water on top and use that. If you just boil it and then stir it up with your BS, you are reintroducing the minerals back into the water. You need to slowly pour off as much water as you can without remixing the minerals left at the bottom.
You could also distill your own water. Youtube has plenty of videos on how to make your owndistillery out of household items for cheap
I couldn't agree more. BS exfoliates your skin. If it is not strong enough, t'll loosen dead skin, but not remove it. This produces a white gunk that doesn't rinse out. When your BS mixture is stronger there is enough there to exfoliate and fully remove the dead skin. If you do it too weak many times, it'll just keep building up.
Lemon juice is citric acid. It's completely different than ACV which is acetic acid. They are notsubstitutesfor each other. Citric acid is a strong acid which a pH of close to 1. Actetic acid is a weak acid with a pH of around 3. Lemon juice will go deep into your hair follicles and start to degrade them. In a short time it will break down the hair and cause it to break. This is what is causing all the shedding.
The natural progression of locks is 1 step forward 2 steps back. They will tangle, then get washed out. Then tangle again (A bit more this time), then get washed out. They tangle even more. Eventually they will start to tangle enough that they begin to shrink as the knots and loops catch onto themselves. This takes months and months. The messiest stage is around the 4th month. Then they will start coming together more nicely.
Don't wear anything on your head when you shower. Don't tie them up or wear a hat until they completely dry out. You can touch your hair, but doing it too much can mess with the progress. The oils on your hands will transfer to your hair and make them a bit slick. The only time you really need to touch them is when you separate the sections to prevent congoing.
As for soaps: Dr. Bronners is good, but only works well in soft water. It doesn't rinse out well in hard water. Dreadlockshampoo.com offer a wide selection of liquid and bar soaps that work well in any water type. I swear by the Baking soda/apple cider vinegar wash. As do many other here. It's a no-touch wash You just pour on the BS mixture. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Then rinse it off. The pour on the ACV mix and rinse it right away. You don't have to nor should you scrub your head at all. You can add whatever oils you want for scent.
All the other soaps you need to scrub your scalp. DON'T wash your hair itself. Just scrub your scalp and rinse it out. As it rinses, it'll run through your hair cleaning it
It is kind of like a braid. But dirty looking. Instead of using 3-4 sections. You use 2.
Now, take a section of hair. If you want thicker locks, 1 inch sections are usually the biggest you want to go. That'll give you about 40 locks. If you want more, make them smaller.
With that section of hair in your hand, split it into 2 parts. They shouldn't be even (Even parts is what makes them look more braided). Pull those sections away from each other. Then make 2 new sections. Pull those away from each other. Then 2 new ones. And again pull them away from each other. You want to do this until you are at the tip of the new lock. Each lock can take some time. So be patient. Even if they look a bit braided at first, as they mature, that appearance will go away and you will not be able to tell.
You don't want to pull them tight against your scalp. This causes a lot of problems. First, you can pull hairs out that will weaken the locks and root. It'll itch more because more stress was put on your scalp thannecessary. If you pull too tightly, you can actually start traction allopicia, which leads to baldness.
Each lock does not have to be uniform. In fact, they shouldn't be. There should be a certain amount of variation in size and shape of the sections. Doing this will fill in any gaps that appear.
When you wash, if you haven't heard already, your locks will unravel and come loose. This is natural. It happens to all baby locks. Don't try to redo them. It might not feel like it, but this untangling is a step forwards, not backwards. They need to come loose so they can reknot and lock up on their own. Every time you put them back together you are starting over from scratch and they will never progress past the first few days
They only thing that really causes locks to fall out is maintenance. Palm rolling, crocheting, interlocking., etc...
All of those methods put too much strain on your roots. If you just let them be, they will be strong and healthy.
I have 3 locks whose roots are about 2 inches wide. Others are the size of pencils. And a few in between. Randomness is what makes then stronger and more organic looking. Even the ones your TnR'd will change and unravel and separate into sections that are more comfortable for them. Let this happen