updated by @the Barrellady: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM
You can use the soaps from Dreadlock Shampoo, as they are made specifically with hard water in mind.
If it's saponified anything that is soap that will leave crud on your hair and scalp. I have super hard water also and I cannot use soap of any kind.
I also have hard water and learned the hard way about residues. Absolutely use the anti residue shampoo, works like a charm, when rinsing it out, your will see the water color change from the residue. Your hair will feel different right away. When using the proper ratio of BS, I have never had a problem with it due to hard water. Hard water makes it a trial and error journey, just read Heather's page to read about hers, once you use the anti residue shampoo, use the BS/ACV until you order from Dreadlock Shampoo, then you WILL be fine.
Hey there Stuart. If you think that your hair needs separating daily, then do it. Some only have to do it once a week. The root size, where the section meets the scalp, will determine the size of your mature dreads. It is recommended not to be over 1 inch, anything larger will take longer to dry and put stress on the roots. Some do want large dreads, they just take more care. As the sections are on their journey, they shrink, loop, etc and fatten up during this process. Sometimes they are fatter than the root area because they are all loopy, but as time goes on they will tighten and become mature dreads. Are any of your sections joining together? This may be the cause of some pain. Hair from another area may be joining in also, so they are being pulled and causing pain. Go through and separate each and every section to see if this is the problem. Your tossing and turning in your sleep may be causing hairs to join in other areas, so maybe you need to separate first thing in the mornings. Give that a try and see if it helps.
Hi Lydia, for just a couple of dreads, I would use the twist & rip method and then maybe put a bead at the end of each or wrap them with embroidery thread or hemp, this will help keep them separated from the rest of your undreaded hair. Having a couple or few are fun to decorate and get creative with. Just wash your hair as you normally do, but make sure you rinse those dreaded sections out well so you don't get a build up of shampoo or soap residue. You will fall in love with them I bet and want to do all your hair in dreads.
Peace and have fun
thanks all, I'm just sticking with the fantastic BS/ACV that I've used for a year and dreadlock shampoo, and of course essential oils. That's all that works with my well water, so at least I have it all figured out, trial and error as the saying goes. Now the Nag Champa just washes my body, love the aroma, especially my incense sticks.