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Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
03/15/12 02:51:11PM
2,730 posts

avoid dirty lakes?


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Yeah, that's not due to the mud/silt itself, that's because the eggs got disturbed. But you've got a point about not wanting dead fish smell in my hair.

It's actually a really bad idea to go around stomping through streams if there are fish or other critters living there. You can kill off tons of animals by doing that.

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
03/15/12 02:46:38PM
2,730 posts

avoid dirty lakes?


Dread Maintenance

No problem. Is the pond close to your house, or is it a drive away? You might want to contact a fish and wildlife service and ask if they could send someone out to take a look at it and take some readings.

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
03/15/12 02:21:23PM
2,730 posts

avoid dirty lakes?


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mud wouldn't be killing fish. It would be making it a shallower pond, but not deadly to animal life. Some chemicals can make the pH balance out of whack, but it's not dangerous to swim in. You can swim in lake Tahhoe, but no animals will ever live there again.

It's a matter of what kind of chemicals are dumped. If it's a fertilizer plant, the nitrogen and phosphorous added to the lake won't hurt you. If it's a tanning plant, then the chemicals released will hurt you.

It also doesn't have to be a factory. If there are farms nearby, it's going to be nitrogen runoff. That will kill fish, but not you. It'll be causing algal blooms that will be the cause of fish deaths

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
03/15/12 02:16:29PM
2,730 posts

Weird Buildup in my dreads??


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

It is most likely the wax surfacing. How long did you try to remove the wax? It can take months and months of biweekly sessions to remove it all.

When I used knottyboy shampoo once or twice at the beginning it left a nasty oily residue on my hair that wouldn't go away til my next wash.

The lemon juice is not needed at all for a deep cleaning. The BS and oils are fine to use once a month.

When you cut your locks, I'd actually recommend to cut a extra inch to 2 inches more to make sure that, if any mold grew in the wax portion, it did not spread to areas higher up over time.

If you are gong to cut them in the near future anyway, I'd say cut them today. Trim at an angle so that you stand the best chance of keeping the tips a little wispy, or at least pointed.

I find that if residue does build it, it tends to do so more at the roots than the tips, so it;s probably not from the body wash, although it could be, but most likely not. It's more than likely wax that wasn't fully removed surfacing again. Especiallyif it is only at the tips, where wax was used in the first place.

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
03/15/12 02:02:32PM
2,730 posts

avoid dirty lakes?


Dread Maintenance

Is it dirty because of chemicals, or eutrophication? That is the big question. If there are chemicals then you should absolutely not swim in it locks or no locks. That's just dangerous.

If it's just dirty with pond scum, then the extra nitrogen should not hurt your locks. You'll just want to be extra attentive when you wash them afterwards. Pond scum is a bacteria that grows into those huge algal blooms that tends to kill everything in the lake because sunlight no longer makes it's way under the water.

If I were you, I'd look into the surrounding area. Find out what watershed you are living in. Then look into whether or not there are factories along that main river/body of water, or if there are any upstream on any tributaries to that body. Most ponds are fed by underground springs. They still count as part of the watershed.

If fish are dead in there and there is no algae, stay out of it. I'd even recommend calling a wildlife resource and having someone come out and test the water. If the spring is contaminated, it could also be leaking chemicals into your drinking water.

If it is just pond scum, wash VERY VERY well afterwards. I'd even say to get yourself some lavender soap, or other anti bacterial soaps, to kill everything just in case. That kind of bacteria does not live in dry conditions, so once your hair dries, it'll be fine, but for the period of time that it is wet, you don't want bacterial colonies living in your hair. Not to mention that some of those bacteria do not die when conditions change, they just go dormant and then grow again when it's better suited for them.

I guess what I'm saying, in the end, is that you could swim in it, and be extra careful. Or be on the even safer side and find a new pond

Sorry about the rambling

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
03/15/12 08:42:44AM
2,730 posts

Is Dr. Bronner's good for dreads?


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That's an awesome idea. I never thought about it. I guess I never noticed it because My hands always end up dry after I use it. But that makes so much sense. Good to know if I'll be traveling

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
03/15/12 08:31:34AM
2,730 posts

Hellooo from Scotland!


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Welcome. glad you started searching the site before you started locking.

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
03/14/12 02:06:10PM
2,730 posts

almost 3 months. Should I take rubber bands off my roots ?


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Looking at that last picture. How big are those sections? They look like they could easily be 2 inches wide. Are you sure you want them that big. I like sections that big, but just so you are aware, they will turn into locks a wide as your wrist.

If you want locks that big, PM me and I'll give you some pointers on how to take care of them when you wash and dry. Massive locks do not dry the same as smaller ones. When they grow out to be that hick expect them to take upwards of 10 hours to dry completely

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
03/14/12 02:02:38PM
2,730 posts

almost 3 months. Should I take rubber bands off my roots ?


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What they said. luckily it looks like none of them are on super tight. after 3 weeks they shouldn't have done much damage, but bands can squeeze locks too tight and cause crimping which will create weak spots on your locks.

You should never use bands. I did when I first started and I've got a few crimped points on a few locks that haven't healed themselves after 5 years. Take them off now. They look great. locks tend to loosen a little before they tighten. It;s part of the process.

All of those loose hairs will get sucked into other locks. if you want to use anything, get beads to put on your locks. Beads work better because they can freely move up and down your locks.

Not to mention that if a band gets sucked inside a lock and dries out it can rot and cause rotting inside a lock. You don't want anything to rot in your hair . That's nasty

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
03/14/12 01:42:02AM
2,730 posts

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Help! Save My Dreads

Yeah, if you can get them out, do it. But if not, don't worry so much. I did the interlocking thing more than once and have never lost a lock due to it yet. And that was 5 years ago. What weakened my locks was when I tied a knot in one. Otherwise they are strong as ever. Maybe not as much as if I didn't interlock, but I haven't had any problems

Your locks look fine. I think you're worrying a little more than you need to about one little mistake. That's the beauty of locks. They do tend to fix themselves and take care of themselves.

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