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the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/18/13 04:31:04PM
1,302 posts

Oils on dreads + washing


Dread Maintenance

Hi Lenore. You need to keep your sections clean in order for them the loop & knot and dread. If your hair or scalp is oily, they knots will slip out and severely slow down your process. The more you wash, the faster they dread. New dreadies should wash every 2-3 days for the first few months. Use this recipie for no thouch washing: mix 1/2 cup baking soda to 5 cups water, pour on head and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse it well, then rinse again to make sure it is out. Then you will balance and condition the hair by mixing 1 capful apple cider vinegar to 5 cups water, pour over head and leave on for 1 minute only. Rinse very well. There is no scrubbing with this method and your scalp and hair love it. You can put just a few drop of essential oils in your hair, but just a few in the beginning, or else your knots will slip out. When dreads are mature, then you can use up to 30 drops. For the aroma, I would only use 4 drops right now.

Keep your fingers out of the hair except to separate the sections when needed, as body oils from the fingers will slow down the process also.

The dreaducation page at the top has wonderful tips on washing, essential oils etc...makes great reading. Happy 2nd journey & Cheers

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/18/13 04:16:53PM
1,302 posts

What If I used "coarse" sea salt opposed to the "fine" sea salt?


General Questions

I think you mean sea salt. It is okay if it is coarse, just make sure it is dissolved in the water fully before you put in on your head.

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/18/13 02:56:15AM
1,302 posts

Maintenance and care for Starter Locs?


General Questions

Washing your hair with a cap is so silly nonsense, I don't know why other sites say to do this. How is the crap that we all create on our scalp going to wash out if we are covering it with a cap? Scalp skin would work it's way into the dreads instead of washing out.
R F said:

Thank you. Soo covering them up when i sleep or for my first wash is a no no?

i've read on other places that ishould wash with a nylon cap until they begin to dread.


updated by @the Barrellady: 07/19/15 02:09:10PM
the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/18/13 01:44:38AM
1,302 posts

Maintenance and care for Starter Locs?


General Questions

You should wash every 2-3 days, not 2-3 weeks. I do not have afro hair, I will leave the guidance to someone else to help you, but do not retwist, do not re gel.

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/18/13 01:08:53AM
1,302 posts

Maintenance and care for Starter Locs?


General Questions

Hi there. Is it gel or wax in your hair? Wax is really, really bad, it holds in water which causes mold, it allows lint & dirt to stick into your dreads. If it is wax, I would read the dreaducation page on how to remove it

Why would you want to cover your hair? It needs to move in order to dread. The twist method is only a starter for the sections, to have a true dread it needs to loosen, loop, shrink up to form that mature dread we all want. When you sleep, knots form from all the moving and this is an important part of dreads to form, if it is in a cap this will not happen.

Your dreads need to be washed every 2-3 days in the beginning. A wonderful scrub free way to wash is with baking soda. Mix 1/2 cup BS to 5 cups water, pour on head & let it set for 20 minutes, then rinse well, rinse again. Then for conditioning mix 1 capful of apple cider vinegar to 5 cups water, pour on head and let set for 1 minute only, then rinse well. At no time do you scrub the scalp, you just let everything set. To help with oily issues or dry scalp issues, it is recommended that at the end of your shower you hold your head under as cold water as you can take, this will close the pores on your scalp.

Don't play with your dreads, don't palm roll them, just leave 'em be and they will dread, but ya gotta remove the stuff in them. All you will need to do is wash them and separate any that are trying to join together. I hope this helps you. Cheers

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/17/13 11:28:53PM
1,302 posts

crochet method


Dreading Methods

Namaste' fellow dreadies and welcome. I personally believe in cost free.. ..product free....natural dreads because they will last me a lifetime, but that is how long I will have mine, you may not want them for years.

Some of you start dreads for a style and only want them temporarily at this point in your life, so you don't have the time to wait for natural dreads to form, that is why you have chosen to use the crochet method and maintain them that way.

I won't know that when I read your profile, so please excuse me when I advise you of the dangers of the crochet method, I only have your dreads best interest at heart.

You are a fellow dreadie, a member of this community and I welcome you and your dreads.


updated by @the Barrellady: 01/13/15 09:46:44PM
the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/17/13 10:37:21PM
1,302 posts

Piercings and tattoos


General Talk


updated by @the Barrellady: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM
the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/17/13 10:20:46PM
1,302 posts

Just one dread


Introduce Yourself

You can take biotin at a daily dose of 5000-6000mcg. It speeds up hair growth and promotes healthy nails. Take this for 3 months and you will notice the difference

Dylan Conaway said:

Loving the advice. I just wish I could make my hair grow super fast though. I miss my long hair.

updated by @the Barrellady: 07/16/15 09:32:08AM
the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/17/13 09:25:22PM
1,302 posts

Just one dread


Introduce Yourself

Good tip for putting on beads: Put two ends of dental floss through the hole of bead, making a loop, put the hair in the loop and pull through bead. Voila'

melanie rose said:

I just lick the end of my hair and slide the bead up the dread to a snug but not overly tight spot. Move beads around weekly.
the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/16/13 08:09:17PM
1,302 posts

Hello, I'm Keagen. (:


Introduce Yourself

Welcome Keegan, 4 months of natural dreads, that's wonderful. If there are questions about dreads that you need answered, you can use the dreaducation tab and search tab at the top, lots of great reading and knowledge posted there. If there is something you can't find, just make one of these posts and one of the great people on this site will help you. Happy Dreading & Cheers,

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