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the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/21/13 03:04:46PM
1,302 posts

Bandana Question and exercising


Dread Maintenance

Sure, wear that bandana, you can even cut the sleeve off a large t-shirt and use that. If you need to rinse after exercising, then do so. Your sections are young enough to dry quickly, so there should be no problem. When dreads are mature, washing every day may not be good, as they need to dry in between washes, but for now you are perfectly fine.

You don't need to wash after exercising, only rinsing should be fine.
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the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/21/13 03:01:39PM
1,302 posts

Just another wayward waxhead


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Dawn dish soap is not harsh. When animals are caught in an oil spill, this is what they gingerly use on the wildlife to help remove all that oil. It is perfectly safe to use this brand. No worries

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the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/21/13 02:47:36PM
1,302 posts

1st wash went good, but


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Use the proper ratio as a starting point. Very importantly rinse well after BS and Rinse well after ACV. Keep that head under the shower head and rinse well. Finish off with a cold head rinse too. You want everything to rinse out, whether it is BS, ACV or dreadlock shampoo, it must all be rinsed.

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ash kerley said:

i used a 20oz bottle, was enough to soak my head,, put about 3/4 inch bs powderand rest warm water...ok the more im looking does look like dead skin, ill do the acv rinse next wash,...WHen i rinse should i be safe to pour alot water and just let run threw?.....THanks guys

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/21/13 02:34:40PM
1,302 posts

Scalp stench.


General Questions

What dreadlock shampoo are you using, it sounds like that one does not like your scalp. Are you using the right ratio for the baking soda wash & ACV rinse? 1/2 cup BS w/5 cups water, then 1-2 capfuls ACV w/ 5 cups water. Ginger puts the BS on dry hair, I always put it on wet hair. A wet sponge absorbs water quicker than a dry sponge does, so I go by that premise. Dreading is a trial and error process, eventually you will find what works best for you. Look up essential oils on this site and add some into your BS wash, that may help with any funky aromas. Do you ever go to sleep with wet hair? If so, make sure it is completely dry before bedtime. If you want your hair to naturally dry quicker, use a micro fiber towel, like a Shamwow, to suck the water out after washing, it reduces hours from my drying time. :)

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the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/21/13 02:20:20PM
1,302 posts

Looking a lil L00py


General Questions

We all dread at different paces, some members in this community have dreads that appear to be mature 1 year in, others like me do not, I'm still pretty wild. The journey is so fun, when it is finished you may miss all the craziness.

Marissa Victoria said:

im just wondering when it seems like the hairs movin quick after just 3 months! :D

updated by @the Barrellady: 07/23/15 05:14:25PM
the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/21/13 02:13:12PM
1,302 posts

1st wash went good, but


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Hi Ash, if someone does not have very oily hair, then ACV should always be use after the baking soda wash. What was left on you scalp is probably the exfoliated skin. You have not washed in 3 weeks, so you have a build up. do another wash, use ACV, and you will see a difference again. I did not use ACV after every wash in the beginning and It dried out my hair because of that, so I use it every time now and restored my softness. As to your hair loosening, just let it be, it is on the journey, no worries.

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the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/21/13 02:07:14PM
1,302 posts

My review of Voodoo Soaps and Hard Water


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

I am reading posts on this soap and checked out Dawn's page. She says on her profile that the Voodoo soap was created specifically for her daughter who is bi-racial and had dried out hair. Without trying the soap out myself, as a caucasian, this would be a red flag not to use the soap as it is meant to condition African textured hair, as theirs dries out.

It is probably a wonderful soap for undreaded hair, and African textured hair, as it conditions, but I would not use it on my dreads.

Dawn, it is lovely that you were able to make a soap for your daughter.

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/21/13 01:45:25PM
1,302 posts

Baby Baby Baby


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Short hair does have less shrinkage than super long hair, but yes, it will shrink. There is a product called Biotin which can be found in your local drug stores vitamin section. Taken for 3 months, this will promote hair growth.

You work in a fast food place, if you are behind the counter, you could wear a hair net which is loose enough and would tame down any bizarre days you may have with your hair, we all have them in the beginning.

I understand you are concerned about you being a big girl not wanting short hair. But maybe you can look to the future of what you will look like in 3 years with natural, free form dreads. You will look beautiful. If you give in to extensions now, you would set back any progress that would be happening with natural dreads. Start with natural now, take biotin (it is not instant growth) and let those dreads start. People will not say "your face is rounder with short hair", they will say "look at those awesome dreads". Your hair will grow and one day those dreads will be down your back.

You can tie some beautiful bows with scarves etc to use as head bands to add a little oompf to the shortness when you go out. With dreads you need a vision to the future, not how they will look in the first year. Also I would like to say that Big Girls Are Beautiful,always remember that.

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the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/21/13 01:33:50PM
1,302 posts

Looking a lil L00py


General Questions

Hi Marissa. Where your sections meet the scalp will be the thickness of your mature dreads. The length of them should be thinner than that right now, so to get to the thickness that they will become they need to go through their journey. That journey is looping, zig zagging, some crazy shapes at times, and it leads to shrinkage as they slowly creep their way up to maturity. It is really fascinating to see the process that caucasian hair does.

So as everyone here said, no worries, your hair is doing what it should.

Peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/20/13 11:41:05PM
1,302 posts

Just another wayward waxhead


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The great and lovely thing about dreads is all you have to do is keep them clean and separate when needed. The easiest hair care in the world, and the most beautiful. When the wax comes out, the true dreading will begin, and I won't lie, it will look different and a little out of control, they won't look straight because they will start looping and shrinking so that they can mature properly. You just enjoy that ride and don't give a shit that they are not "perfect" in other peoples eyes during this process. With time and patience, they will be awesome, you will never have to worry how they look again, every day they will be beautiful, and will sway with their freedom and lightness. With your new found free time, you can knit a tam and head wrap.

Peace

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