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the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
04/01/13 02:25:45AM
1,302 posts

help! fresh meat


Introduce Yourself

Just noticed all the other posts here, but since I already wrote all this I will still post, but I think the other members kinda got you covered:

Welcome to Your journey Lo Butler. I will try to solve all your worries for your. First off, don't worry about a thing, just enjoy the dreadie ride.....for Caucasian hair you do not need coconut oil, the ACV rinse is perfect for you, just make sure you use it after every BS wash, unless you usually have very oily hair or scalp. Clean hair makes happy faster dreads, so for the first few months, if you can, try washing 2-3 times a week, it will speed up your journey.

You can get your hair wet anytime, just don't go to bed with wet hair or mold may set in, and make sure it dries completely before it gets the next wash.

As for hair length. Ha Ha, did this one get me by surprise. Hair shrinks in order to turn into mature dreads, there is no getting around it. I am past my one year mark now and started my journey with hair almost to my waist, it is now at my shoulders, and that also includes one year of hair growth. The longer the hair, the more the shrinkage.

There is a product sold at your local drug store in the vitamin section, it is called Biotin and it promotes hair and nail growth. Take it for 3 months to speed up the growing, it costs under 10 bucks. I don't know anything myself for thickening the hair.

Yeah, you found out palm rolling is not really needed, but it can damage your thin hair and root system, so try not to do it anymore for that reason.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
04/01/13 02:07:34AM
1,302 posts

In Southern California and NEED HELP!!


Help! Save My Dreads

KaraElla, I think it's great when we help each other. Sometimes we even learn a few tips ourselves along the way. :) Peace

KaraElla said:

Yes, I apologize for my misuse of words. Pro-maintenance free is much better. And I definitely always mean well!

Ian, you will find this site so helpful.. I know I have.

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the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
04/01/13 12:29:24AM
1,302 posts

Poland Spring 3 Liter for baking soda wash question


Dread Maintenance

32 ounces = 4 cups of water. You would add 4 full tablespoons (not teaspoons) of baking soda for that ratio. (There are 8 regular/flat tablespoons in 5 cups) ...Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
04/01/13 12:07:52AM
1,302 posts

essential oils for dreads and scalp health


Dread Products

Here is a link to help you in the future with dreads and lice, Soaring Eagles is the first reply to the post: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/how-to-get-rid-of-lice-in

Adding Tree Tea Oil regularly to your washing/shampooing will help keep them away from your dreads.

For your brittle hair, Mix 2 capfuls of apple cider vinegar mixed with 5 cups of water and pour on head after you've rinsed out your shampoo or whatever you use, leave it on for a few minutes for a deep conditioning. This will help balance the hairs PH. Normally the ACV would only stay on for no more than a minute because it is a conditioner and if over conditioned, your knots may slip out. I did not look how old your dreads are, but if mature, then they won't slip out.

Sorry to hear you got them, they are such a pain in the ass, everything about them. ...Peace

rachael orme said:

What would happen if I put concentrated essential oils on my dreads I got lice and I put a lot on my head after using the harsh chemical teeatments to kill them my hair was dry n brittle but I'm just wondering if Its harmful to my hair to put non dilutw
the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/31/13 11:29:02PM
1,302 posts

Poland Spring 3 Liter for baking soda wash question


Dread Maintenance

Use any container that can hold water. A flower vase, a small bucket, mixing bowl, kids sand pail, what ever you can find, scavenge around your home. ...Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/31/13 11:23:56PM
1,302 posts

Friend has mold in dreads, what to do?


Help! Save My Dreads

Don't know how the mold set in your friends 3 year old dreads, but here are a couple of preventatives: Don't go to bed with wet hair, make sure dreads dry in between washes. I use a micro fiber towel, like a shamwow, to suck as much water as possible out of my dreads. I have heard that the essential oil Lavender will help keep mold at bay in dreads.

Here is a link to essential oils and the help they give us for our dreads: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/essential-oils-for-dreads-and-scalp-health?xg_browser=iphone

Good luck to your friend....Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/31/13 11:08:25PM
1,302 posts

encouraging congos


General Questions

That is the magical question. Why are they taking forever? I have sections that are almost fully mature. I have sections that still have zig zags. I have sections that are not dreaded at all...Why is that? I have dreads with blunted tips, I have tips with open ends, I have flat ones and round ones...Why is that?

Natural dreads do what they want to do, when they want to do it. I know you are just curious, but the answer is because they are dreads, crazy funky, jazzy, wicked dreads.:)

Try wrapping those ones together, it may help it along.....Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/31/13 11:00:38PM
1,302 posts

In Southern California and NEED HELP!!


Help! Save My Dreads

Hi Ian. Guess you know by now that with crochet hooks there is no CORRECT WAY. no matter how careful the person is. I agree that it does make them look tidy when done, but at a huge cost to the hair. Maintenance free dreads also look fantastic and tidy once mature and there is no cost to the hair. Many of us here on the site are not pro-neglect, but pro-maintenance free. We have learned that with time and patience, we can grow beautiful, healthy locks that will last us a lifetime.

There are members on here that still crochet, so perhaps one of them will be able to help you find you somebody you can trust.

Please take it with a grain of salt when others post the damages to you, they (we) only mean well. Good luck. ....Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/31/13 07:15:30PM
1,302 posts

Wraps


General Questions

If you would like to do the criss cross method: Tie the thread to the top of the dread near the roots, but not too close, you still want root movement. So tie it tight enough to stay, not not too tight that you are squeezing the hair up there causing a weak point. Now you should have equal lengths of embroidery thread, start by wrapping each string once around the section, do the other string, repeat the process as you slowly make it down near the bottom and tie the ends up. That's it. These may last up to two months and still allow the sections to move around and dread. Embroidery thread can come in over a hundred colors, so have fun with them. ...Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/31/13 06:36:02PM
1,302 posts

organic dread soap bar and pink himalayan sea salt spray


Introduce Yourself

You will love the spray once you use it. Wish I bought two of them! Directions: Spray anytime on damp or dry Dreads may reapply, does not leave a residue or buildup in any way. This is safe to put on anytime without washing out. Home made sea salt sprays are different and they need to be washed out after 2 hours, but Vikis has the following in it:: distilled water, Himalayan pink sea salt, Icelandic kelp, corn, wheat & soy protein, pro vitamin B5, horsetail extract, essential oils All these ingredients together make this product safe for use at any time. Enjoy your spray....Peace

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