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the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/05/13 02:00:51PM
1,302 posts

ACV rinse


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

Not sure what you mean by "my hair is all soft & dread anymore" Brandy, but twist & rip sections do need to loosen in order to dread, so if this is what happened, then that's good. If you do not have dread shampoo, then keep using the baking soda wash. The BS exfoliates the scalp and cleans it without the hands rubbing.

Twist & rip dreads will not look the same as when you first did them. That was only the blueprint of the sections that you made. They will loosen, maybe come undone if not tight, zig, zag, loop and shrink, the changes are amazing to see.

Don't be sad on your journey, embrace it, embrace the changes, know that everything that happens is so that beautiful mature dreads will be created because of it.

Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/05/13 01:26:45PM
1,302 posts

How many drops of tea/rose/pepper?


Dread Maintenance

For the baking soda wash, I use an empty orange juice bottle which has a large opening & is smaller than a gallon. I fill it with 5 cups of water 1/2 cup of baking soda. I only use about 10 drops of essential oil in the baking soda, some people use up to 30 drops, I want my oils to last longer. I use the same jug after rinsing it well and use 1-2 capfuls of Apple Cider Vinegar to 5 cups water and leave on for only a minute.

All hair is different, so try 20-30 drops in a spray bottle with water & see how that works, You can adjust however your dreads need it.

Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/05/13 12:53:38PM
1,302 posts

Husband not used to the idea yet.


General Talk

My husband is still not with the program. I'm half way to mature locks and he does not have imagination to see my dreads in one more year. He is a completely bald & tidy guy, I drive him crazy!

I imagine that your husband and mine will love our locks when they are mature and will love the comments from others guys who tell them our dreads are sexy & beautiful.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/05/13 12:40:26PM
1,302 posts

Fast Progression (Is it good or bad?)


General Questions

The speed of dreading is different from one person to the next. Curly hair usually dreads way faster. Hair textures, water, washing frequency, movement of hair also play a part. You hair is having its crazy journey and there is nothing to worry about, just enjoy the ride.

If you use Dr. Bronners & have hard water, it does not rinse out properly and leaves a residue which builds up in time. Not all shampoos & soaps work well with hard water. If you think this might be your problem, use a anti residue soap like Neutrogena to get the build up out. This stuff is strong and should only be used 2-3 times a year if needed. Always rinse really really well after washing, finish off with a cold head rinse :) Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/05/13 12:15:18PM
1,302 posts

Trim loose hair on the body of the dreads?


Dread Maintenance

Such a shame when people who want dreads are unaware of the crochet damage to hair. Instead of long, continuous strands of hair joining together, those sections have broken pieces of hair the entire length of it. As the guys said, they will recover in time. If you want your dreads for life, please have the patience to wait for your hair to repair on its own. The the slow little sticking out hair feeding frenzy begin.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/05/13 11:56:01AM
1,302 posts

!!ARGH!!HELP!!


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

Hi there. With the twist & rip method, the ideal way is to let your hair section naturally for a couple of weeks first. It will tell you how it wants to separate. These are the sections you should use. Naturally separated hair does not section into straight lines or grid lines, it is all random. No section should be larger than 1 inch/ 25 cent coin. With thin hair you may want the section at the root smaller than that.

When the hair is loosely twist&ripped, it will appear skinnier than the mature dread will be. The mature dread will become the thickness of your root section, it slowly feeds its way up and becomes thicker. Never twist tight, do not re-twist any coming undone. Twist & rip is just a blueprint, not an actual dread, they need to loosen, sometimes even coming out, so that they can do their looping, zig-zagging, and shrinking. They will also frizz in the early stages.

I know it takes a long time to do the sections, but I would start over and let the hair naturally separate. Some of your sections are too big, I would take everything out since you just did them, and let the hair naturally form its sections. Still divide any large sections. You will have a natural map to your dreads this way. :) Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/04/13 11:14:11PM
1,302 posts

Starting dreads


Dreading Methods

Are you asking how to start them for your or for your toddler? For a toddler, just wash their hair with water, they don't produce oils like teens & adults do.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/04/13 10:59:38PM
1,302 posts

Starting dreads


Dreading Methods

Hi Eb2u. The best way to start dreads is by the neglect method. All you do is throw away the comb or brush, stop using conditioners & residue shampoos, keep them clean and let them dread. They will separate on their own and begin their journey.

What kind of hair do you have and how long is it?

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/04/13 10:55:50PM
1,302 posts

Smoker probs


Dread Maintenance

Just go to the dollar store and buy a couple of small water spray bottles, fill with water &, as SE said, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils. A spritz of that will get your locks smelling nice. You will smell wonderful. Make one to leave and home and one to take to work :)

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/04/13 10:51:26PM
1,302 posts

ACV rinse


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

Brandy, please don't palm roll your dreads, it has only temporary benefits to the look and long term damage to the locks. As, BeauZay said, the ACV is a rinse only. In case you do not know the measurements, it is 1-2 capfulls of ACV mixed in 5 cups water. Pour over head and rinse, don't leave on for more than 1 minute. If you don't have dreadlock shampoo, use the Baking Soda wash, I have used it for a year now.

Peace

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