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Oh yeah, I wish I bought the Himalayan Sea Salt Spray sooner, that stuff rocks. Does not even compare to the home made recipe for sea salt spray....Peace
Dreadlock Shampoo has fantastic products. The shampoo is great for newly forming dreads and the soap is fantastic for mature dreads. So far I have used the Dragons Blood, not an over powering scent at all. The Patchouli shampoo has such a subtle scent. I find the Nag Champa the strongest scent in the bottle, but I have yet to use that one on my dreads.
Loose hair will find their way, they will find a family to join onto. Forming dreads can have 3-4 inches of undreaded roots. Mature dreads have about a 1" loose root. They naturally stay loose, this reduces stress on the scalp, dreads need to move and do move, if the scalp root system is tight, then it would pull on the hairs, pulling them out by the root system.
Where you lay loose root wise because of the backcombing I am not sure, but you do want them loose.
I hope that you loose no more! Peace
Forgot to mention: Finish off your cleaning with a cold head rinse, as cold as your head can take. This will also help with the dandruff. Here is another link to read...Peace
Did you get all the wax out of your sections? If so, share with others how you did it so you can help them out.
You really don't want your hair texture too dry, it should still feel soft yet textured. Too dry hair takes longer to dread. Try and bend a dried out stick, now try to bend a soft stick. That soft stick will bend and the ends can meet, you want your hairs to bend and meet and join together. You want them to be able to knot easily for a quicker journey. As Baba Fats said, BS can fry your hair, it changes the PH balance. (Unless you have very oily hair, always use the ACV after BS washes, the ACV safely conditions dreads). So sorry, back to your question, if you really want to do a BS spray, no longer than 10 minutes before washing. Frying the hair is not instant, it will happen over time, so you may not notice you are doing it right away. Peace
Zach, how long have you been dreading? Your profile pic has short hair, dreads usually like to start forming when hair is about 6 inches long. You can take Biotin to speed up hair growth. It can be found at your local drug store in the vitamin section, for under $10.
When dreads are starting to form, they will be loopy, zig zaggy and knotty, just look at some timelines of other members in this community. This needs to happen for them to become mature dreads. When they do this, they will shrink and fatten up to the size of the section at the scalp. The texture of a mature dread should be firm, yet soft (if hard or too firm, then you may have a residue build up). They should be able to sway with the wind because they are lightweight if clean. If you touch your hair and feel definable sections, like feeling a cup straw, then you have dreads. Like Melanie Rose said, you will know when yu've got em.
Wash with baking soda (BS) and rinse with apple cider vinegar (ACV). Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 5 cups of water. Pour on wet head and leave on for 10-20 minutes..... Rinse well...Next mix 1 caplful of ACV to 5 cups of water, pour on head and rinse. The ACV balances the PH in the hair and is a safe conditioner for dreads. I used this method my entire first year and it works fantastic. The BS exfoliates the scalp, making it all nice and clean. There is no need to scrub the scalp with this method, it cleans on its own, but if you do use hands, use fingertips only. You can add essential oils into the BS wash. Here is a link for essential oils and scalp issues: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/essential-oils-for-dreads-and-scalp-health
Enjoy your journey, Peace