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the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/20/13 11:29:33PM
1,302 posts

Just got hair dreaded today. Need help please.


Help! Save My Dreads

If you order the recommended Wax B Gone, you can get a head start by using Dawn dish soap and hot water. You will be disgusted when you see the color of the water. Your scalp has to be clean, dry shampoo will never do this. If you don't have the money, use the baking soda wash/ apple cider vinegar rinse. You will only need $3 for these and can purchase from the grocery store. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda (BS) with 5 cups of water and pour on head, leave on for 10-20 and rinse well. Now you need to balance your hairs PH from the BS, so mix 1-2 capfuls of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with 5 cups of water and pour on head, rinse after 1 minute. You can finish off with a cold rinse. The BS & ACV will exfoliate the scalp without scrubbing, you just let it sit and do the job for you. Hope this helps. You are of mixed race, do you have African type hair?

Kyren Smoot said:

Thanks for all the info you guys gave.

Lol, she also told me to never ever get you hair wet even in the slightest.

One last thing though, I should be getting residue free shampoo right? I heard that it is also called dry shampoo.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/20/13 11:10:23PM
1,302 posts

1st wash need help


Introduce Yourself

Salons are always ridiculous. People should wash 2-3 times a week in the beginning, right from the get go. Clean hair dreads, simple as that. To get true dreads, they must loosen up and start shrinking, turning into dreads. Your scalp is already telling you it needs to be clean, always listen to your scalp. Please take out those bands, besides causing root damage, they will slowly rot, dissolve and be fed into your hair. If your roots are constricted, then they can't dread. Dreading is a journey, not instant, anything instant are not true dreads.

Loose hair is natural, they will join together to grow into dreads, never worry about them. All you gotta do, after the bands are out, is wash, let them loosen up so they can dread, and separate sections that try and join together. That's it.

Since your scalp is talking to you, do the baking soda wash to exfoliate the scalp, it will be so happy for it. Oh yes, unless you have super oily hair, always do the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse after washing with baking soda, this will balance the PH and condition your hair. Go with the journey, you'll love the ride. Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/20/13 06:01:49PM
1,302 posts

2 weeks now??


General Questions

The size of dreads depends on the size of the section where it meets the scalp. If you want fat dreads, then that's cool, but they take very long to dry and put pressure on the scalp due to the weight. If you don't want the fat congo dreads, then it is recommended that the scalp area section is no larger than 1" or a 25cent coin. Sections may look skinnier now, but as they mature they will become the width of the scalp area. If there is no wax in your hair, then yes, they will settle down, but yeah, take out anything restricting the root area. Dreads take time, they will loosen before they start the journey of locking up, so don't worry when this happens, it is their natural way. If you wash & separate any sections trying to join together, then you are doing fine and so are they.

Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/20/13 05:52:00PM
1,302 posts

First new dreads wash with bs/acv - not good at all.


Dread Maintenance

You are not stupid, you are learning as we all did at the beginning of our own journey:)

jokubas bauza said:

ohhh, im so stupid...i put not enought soda even for

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/20/13 05:49:49PM
1,302 posts

First new dreads wash with bs/acv - not good at all.


Dread Maintenance

Dreads should be kept clean and washed 2-3 times a week. But I have learned that in the beginning, since they are not mature, you can wash every day if you want, as long as they get completely dry or they will mold. Mature dreads take much longer to dry, so they should not be washed every day. To speed up the drying process, use a micro fiber towel, like a Shamwow, and suck that water out of your hair, This has sped up my drying time tremendously. And a good tip is to purchase a towel the same color as your hair, towels leave behind lint, so it won't be as noticable. Since you want to wash that often, you may see a bit more towel lint.

As for loosening up, they need to loosen in order to dread, so no worries there.

Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/20/13 05:20:07PM
1,302 posts

First new dreads wash with bs/acv - not good at all.


Dread Maintenance

Hi there, your ratio was off. Try using 1/2 baking soda to 5 cups of water, rinse well after 10-20 minutes, then use 1-2 capfuls only of apple cider vinegar with 5 cups water, leave on for only 1 minute and rinse. Rinse off everything well, then finish off with a cold rinse to the head, as cold as you can take. Your ratio was off, so it did not completely exfoliate the scalp. Try this and let us know how it goes.

Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/19/13 07:17:35AM
1,302 posts

1 year T&R dreads


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Thanks, I like it to and have been debating whether to hemp wrap it to keep it longer. For some reason, the process is way behind on that one. If I don't wrap it, I know I will miss it when if does finally shrink :(

amethyst777 said:

Nice! I love the long dread too!

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/19/13 07:11:11AM
1,302 posts

Mane n Tail shampoo


Dread Maintenance

Mane & Tail is conditioning. That would loosen any knots, loops etc. Not a good idea for dreading hair.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/19/13 06:13:35AM
1,302 posts

Just to be sure!!


Introduce Yourself

Congrats on your journey, sounds like you are enjoying it. As for enemies, the #1 is Velcro. Also burrs and twigs & brush when walking through the bushes.

I have heard that knotty boy soap and shampoo is not good to use. I believe there is a post on here somewhere about it. There is a fantastic no scrub method that exfoliates the scalp. Mix 1/2 cup Baking Soda to 5 cups water, pour on head and leave for 10-20 minutes, rinse well. Next mix 1-2 capfuls of Apple cider Vinegar to 5 cups water & pour on head, rinse after 1 minute. The ACV will balance the PH & condition your hair.

Many soaps & shampoos leave residues in dreads if used with hard water, good to find out what kind you have. Oh yeah, I had to separate my sections every day, some only need to do it once a week.

Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/19/13 06:05:18AM
1,302 posts

Thickness, Curly Tips, Receding Hairline?


Dread Maintenance

You want to have 13 dreads? Fat dreads look awesome, too bad they take so long to dry. If that is what you want, then you can wrap a few in the same area together with hemp or embroidery thread. Eventually the loose hairs will grab onto the other dreads. Not sure how long it would take for them to do that though. You can also use a large bead. I would put one in the middle of lock and at the end of lock to keep them together until they take. You will have to allow yourself way more drying time for fatties and be prepared for tension on the scalp at times.

peace

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