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the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/31/13 06:26:38PM
1,302 posts

First BS/ACV wash!!


Dread Maintenance

The dreadlock shampoo site is awesome. I recommend using the liquid shampoo for the first year. As dreads mature, soaps are fantastic.

Tip for dandruff, finish off your washing routine with a cold head rinse, as cold as you can take. You can add essential oils to your baking soda wash, or even mix them in a spray bottle with water and spritz on once in a while.

Here is a posting from Soaring Eagle on the different type of essential oils:

http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/essential-oils-for-dread...

Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/31/13 06:20:47PM
1,302 posts

Wraps


General Questions

Hi there Katietheladi. When dreads are forming, it is best to use the criss cross technique with embroidery thread when wrapping them. This still allows the section to dread, loop etc. Tight wraps, wrapping entire sections etc can restrict the process as they need to move and do their thing to mature. Wraps are fun, just don't do them too tight yet. Peace.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/31/13 06:03:15PM
1,302 posts

Worried


Introduce Yourself

You have the same question posted twice, so their are also answers on the other posting :) Peace

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

Worried


Introduce Yourself

You have the same question posted twice, so you have answers on both :) Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/31/13 05:46:48PM
1,302 posts

Free form.


Introduce Yourself

Glad to hear, then you should be fine, and now educated too! That head of yours looks like it was meant for dreads. Don't be surprised if you need to separate joining sections every day with that wild hair. If you need to do it twice a day in the beginning because of all the curls, then do it however many times you need to as it is harder to separate a huge area that matted together. After awhile, you won't have to do it as often....Peace

Gary said:

yea i kept washing with really hot water and dish soap.

the Barrellady said:

wow, that is curly hair. What did you use to get the wax out? It will take more than one application to get it all out. Read Baba Fats wax removal steps here; http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/wax-removal-7

The best ways would be for the Wax B Gone, but there are other methods with home recipes. Good luck & Peace.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/31/13 05:14:45PM
1,302 posts

Free form.


Introduce Yourself

wow, that is curly hair. What did you use to get the wax out? It will take more than one application to get it all out. Read Baba Fats wax removal steps here; http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/wax-removal-7

The best ways would be for the Wax B Gone, but there are other methods with home recipes. Good luck & Peace.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/31/13 04:37:06PM
1,302 posts

TRESemme


General Questions

You can make a home made sea salt spray that you spray on 2 hours before you wash, Not table salt, that is different. Sea salt can be bought at the grocery store, bulk food stores and even aquarium stores sell it for their sea salt water tanks. Add a couple of tablespoons of the sea salt to 5 cups of water & spray on hair, not scalp. Try not to leave it on more than 2 hours because it can start to dry out your hair. This recipe will help with your journey.

Shampoos out there are not really mean for dreads because of residue build up. If you don't have the money to purchase any right now, then use the baking soda wash, apple cider vinegar rinse. I used it for an entire year. Many people have hard water, so many shampoos and even dread soaps, like Dr.Bronners will not rinse out well for them. If you have soft water, you can use just about any dread shampoo or dread bar, but if you have hard water, then go with the Dreadlock Shampoo items which are made specifically for dreads and hard water.

Oh yeah, most regular shampoos will cause knots to slip out also, so beware.

Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/31/13 03:06:37PM
1,302 posts

Worried


Introduce Yourself

My goodness, don;t sweat a thing Eric, they are doing exactly what they should be doing. When you do the twist & rip method, you are not making dreads, you are only sectioning the hair to how you want your dreads to be. Glad you did not do T&R tightly, because they have to loosen, sometimes coming completely out for that section to start it's journey on becoming a dread. The thickness will change. See where the section meets the scalp?, that is how thick your mature dread will be. Those sections will loosen, loop, frizz, zig zag, and shrink, slowly feeding their way up towards the root section and becoming fatter. So see, you are loosing faith with hair that was doing what it should....

There is no need to wash every NIGHT! Let's start with the night....never go to sleep with wet hair or else mold will set in....dry dreads and sleep = healthy hair. Unless you hair is super oily, you should be using the apple cider vinegar (ACV) after every Baking Soda (BS) wash. Forming dreads like clean hair, so washing 2-3 times a week is good. Are you doing the ratios right, just in case, here they are: mix 1/2 cup baking soda to 5 cups water, pour on wet scalp and leave on for 10-20 minutes. This exfoliates the scalp, leaving it nice and clean. There is no need to scrub the scalp with this method, but you can if you want. After you rinse out the BS, you want to do the ACV rinse. This is done because BS alone can dry/fry the hair, so you need to balance the PH, also ACV is a natural conditioner safe for forming dreads. Mix 1-2 capfuls of ACV (depending on hair length), to 5 cups water...pour over rinsed off head and leave on for no more than 1 minute, even rinse out right away if you want. If you have super oily hair, then you do not need to do the ACV after every BS wash, just use it a couple of times a month then.

So Eric, your sections are doing fine, the journey is a fantastic ride to be enjoyed. Don't fret when things come undone, just watch with fascination all the different steps the sections go through.

You can wet your hair everyday, that's okay in the beginning because the hair will dry in between washes, which is important. When dreads are mature, you do not want to wash everyday as they can take a day or more to dry, depending on the thickness of your dreads. But for now, all's good with getting them wet.

Peace and no worries

(sorry If I repeated anything another post is saying, one might come up before I finish posting mine)

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/31/13 02:48:27PM
1,302 posts

Dreadlocks & Discrimination: Interview Questions


General Talk

Great interview, I even have my cup of coffee here with me while we chat. Just a little background for you: I am a Wife, Mother, Grandma and an Artisan. At the age of 49, I 'allowed' myself to be the true me, not how the majority of society wanted me to look, not how my family wanted me to look like, but what I wanted at this point in my life. I previously worked in offices, so I shed the office hair, donated all my office clothes to charity, don't need those formal jackets anymore, and I decided to just be me, the me who I am and not the false me when I leave the house.

1) I started dreads on my Caucasian hair March 11/12, so just over a year now for me. I used the free form method at first and let my hair section itself, but after a couple of weeks I gave in and did Twist & Rip to those sections. The only reason why was impatience, wanted to see dread looking sections right away to see how they would be on me. It was love at first sight!

2) Now, how do people react? Well, my family is still on the edge of the wall with this one. My dreads are not yet mature and the journey does take quite awhile. Many of the bottom of my sections still have various 'fingers' coming off of them, so it is still bushy. Pre dreads I had straight, healthy hair almost to my waist, which my husband loved to play with & caress. . My family does not have a vision like I do, I think being an artisan helps seeing unfinished works of art, which are dreads are...but where was I?....Oh yeah...when I started, my daughter was on the band wagon with me, but right now she still sees the mess & hate it, my son despises them (he is an order & control freak), and my husband wishes I had my original hair back. Now we go to my mother who lives with me, she proceeds to tell relatives from abroad how stupid I look. All these remarks, I REALLY don't give a shit...I am so tired of looking how others want and I WILL be the true me for the rest of my life. Winter is just ending here, so I wore a tam most of the time when I went out, so it really was not noticeable to others that I am growing dreads. I do believe that I am the only Caucasian with dreads in the small town where I shop, so now that winter is over & no more hats, it will be interesting to observe reactions & receive comments from strangers. My family are my friends, I kinda like to just stay at home & enjoy my privacy, so I really don't have friends I hang with to tell me what they think.

3) I have not had discrimination passed my way, YET, but I think that my age may have something to do about that. What I do know is that once all these beautiful dreads are mature, strangers will comment to me then, only in a positive way.

4) For the first year of my journey, I washed with Baking Soda & rinsed with ACV only, and did the sea salt sprays. This is a touch less method (if desired), and I wanted to keep my fingers out of my forming dreads as much as possible. Since my first year passed, I have been using Dread Shampoo in liquid form. I shampoo a couple of times a week and my dreads are very clean. The hair is all natural, no products were used at anytime to help the process, ie: wax, gels, etc. Additives to dreads are a way for smells to be absorbed in, for lint to stick and mold to form. Natural, clean dreads are healthy beautiful dreads, PERIOD.

5) Well now, misconceptions, where do I start? ...dreads are dirty...dreads smell....pot head.....Caucasians should not dread....need wax to dread.....dreads are for young people only...must go to a salon for manufactured dreads.....dreadies don't have jobs, they must be bums....dreadies can't blend in with the rest of 'normal' society....did I say DREADS ARE DIRTY...I did but that one deserved it twice.

Do I feel that any of the stereotypes are true? Absolutely not...Do I think they are true in instances....Absolutely yes.... Well not in my own personal case, but sure, some are true in unique instance, but that goes with anything in life, you know, that bad apple in the crate.

My art shows start again in a month, so I am sure I will get some positive comments. I will always encourage others to go for it if they have the 'calling', and to educate their self first by joining this site, and of course to let them know how healthy dreads are and the feeling of freedom. I am proud to be a Dreadie Ambassador to the older generation. This year's shows should have some interesting conversations.

Peace be with you FiddleSticks268

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the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/31/13 12:00:31AM
1,302 posts

When and how to separate dreads.


Dread Maintenance

Happy dreading to you! Separating your sections depends on how knotted or matted the sections are together. Some people may have to separate some areas of their hair daily, some weekly etc. Sleeping habits, tams, head wraps etc may cause some areas to mat together & knot faster, so concentrate on those.

For drying purposes and to avoid scalp stress, it is recommended that the sections (where it meets the scalp), be no larger than 1 inch, unless you want fat dreads, congos. If any are fatter, just divide them into smaller sections.

It is best to do this with wet hair as the hair has more strength in it from the water, less chance of damaging any hair strands:)

Have a fun ride. ...Peace

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