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the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/15/13 03:06:05PM
1,302 posts

essential oil spray questions


Dread Maintenance

Should you have an 100% pure essential oil that does not have a dropper, glass droppers can be purchased at your local drug store for only a couple of dollars :)

But SE is right, I have a Eucalyptus oil I purchased in the beginning of my journey, it has no built in dropper, turns out it is not an essential oil but an Oil BP.

Peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/15/13 02:51:20PM
1,302 posts

soap for dreads


Dread Maintenance

Hi Noodle-Doo, Are you using the right ratio for the Baking Soda wash? 1/2 cup to 5 cups water, pour on head and leave for 10-20 minutes. This will exfoliate the scalp and get rid of dry skin without scrubbing. The BS changes the PH in the hair and scalp, so it should be followed by the ACV rinse: 1-2 capfuls to 5 cups water, pour on head and leave on for no more than a minute, then rinse.

As for other shampoos you have tried, if you have hard water, many do not rinse properly, including Dr. Bronners. The shampoos from DreadlockShampoo.com are made specially for hard water.

If ever you have a build up, sticky feeling etc. try using a anti-residue shampoo like Neutrogena, it worked great for me. It is recommended to only use it a few times a year, works great for removing residues. This is under $10 and can be found at most places, drug stores, Wall Mart, etc.

A member on here, Tim from Australia, uses the bars, ask him the best way that works for him.

Eventually you will find your balance and what works for you.

Peace

Noodle-Doo said:

I am SO confused about soaps and stuff. Tried BS with and without essential oils or ACV, it just didn't get clean - after a few weeks hair was so greasy it looked waxed! Tried Dr Bronners almond, it was amazing for my scalp, decent cleaning, but totally killed all knotting - went from separating twice a day to less than once a week. There was a strange (almost sticky) coating on the hair, that I could feel while it was still wet, but not when it was dry. Took two weeks of washing with regular shampoo to get rid of the Bronners, and the knots came back. Ordered a few dreadlockshampoo.com bars. Have only tried the peppermint one so far, it's decent for cleaning, but seems to make my scalp feel dry and a bit sore. Have gone back to mostly using normal shampoo now. No scum with detergents, at least. Haven't found the miracle solution that works for me yet. Am interested in the Songhai and African Black, but have a collection of shampoos and bars to use up first! I have moderately soft water, oily skin and scalp gets irritated easily.

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/15/13 02:38:22PM
1,302 posts

soap for dreads


Dread Maintenance

Hi Angel, African Black Soap has many conditioning agents in it for African type hair. It is not suitable for Caucasian as it will cause the dreads to loosen up. But it is a fantastic skin wash. I bought a bottle at and the lady assured me it was good for me, but after further investigating, I found out otherwise, so keep your $35.00 in your pocket.

Angel Frye said:

Has anyone here ever purchased raw African black soap by the log(or half coconut), formed their own bars, and just used that on their head?

I see several 'pure' black soaps and then others that are cocoa butter soaps mixed with black soap. What are some opinions on this?

Any other Caucasians using black soap? I worry about the moisturizing properties of it on already-oily Caucasian scalp.

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/15/13 01:46:27PM
1,302 posts

root size - separating


Dread Maintenance

Baba Fats has posted a video on how to separate mature dreads, good to watch.

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/15/13 12:54:47PM
1,302 posts

root size - separating


Dread Maintenance

Whoa baby, that's a big one in the photo. The recommended size for sections are no more than 1 inch or else they will be fat ones. Anything over an inch takes longer to dry, sometimes 24 hours, and when mature will have more weight to them, pulling on the scalp. The section at the scalp determines the mature dread size. You can probably get 4 sections out of the one in the first pic.

Sorry, not sure what you mean "what do you go by for separating-the root size?" If you mean to use the section where it meets the scalp for measurement size, then yes you do. Those sections will shrink and fatten up to the size where the hair meets the scalp. That is what determines the size.

Some people love the fat dreads, but they do take more care ie:drying

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/15/13 12:16:19AM
1,302 posts

dread help


Dread Maintenance

Heya, the great thing about dreads is you only have to do 3 things: keep them clean...separate...and enjoy the ride. That's it, nothing to maintain. Just sit back and enjoy with no worries.

Peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/14/13 05:01:57PM
1,302 posts

Do I like them? I dont know


General Talk

Hang in there sister

Michelle Michael said:

I think i need to stop looking in the mirror and let go. It would be a shame to take out all the work I put into them at this point. So I could just go with neglect. It is not as easy as I thought to just let go. Want the freedom of dreads. I want to never fight my hair with a brush. I want something different.

I guess I just wanted a little support from the knotted community.

thanks.

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/14/13 04:47:39PM
1,302 posts



Laura, every time I see this pic and the expression in your eyes it makes me giggle. Not laughing at ya, but with ya.

Laura Earle said:

The WTF dread. Loop moves to a different spot every day. Seriously, WTF is up with this thing. XD

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/14/13 04:47:39PM
1,302 posts



Laura, every time I see this pic and the expression in your eyes it makes me giggle. Not laughing at ya, but with ya.

Laura Earle said:

The WTF dread. Loop moves to a different spot every day. Seriously, WTF is up with this thing. XD

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/14/13 04:18:09PM
1,302 posts



Love this! Let the competition begin.

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