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MountainWillow
@mountainwillow
12/05/09 01:44:10AM
141 posts

Will my method work? please help/assist!


Dreading Methods

I would def recommend a wool hat it will help them tangle up as they grow. As far as the length, I wouldn't expect a lot of dreading till at least 6 inches. But who knows, dreads are funny little things.
MountainWillow
@mountainwillow
12/05/09 01:33:48AM
141 posts

my dreads at the root??? HELP!!!


Introduce Yourself

Go with your intuition. If you feel your play in them too much, leave em alone more. Examine your diet, and take a good multivitamin and try increasing healthy plant proteins in your daily eating.
MountainWillow
@mountainwillow
12/05/09 12:41:47AM
141 posts

help growing dread length


Dread Maintenance

hey mama, I can help a lot with this, or at least hopefully. I have tortured my hair in the past years, fried my scalp hardcore, had hair loss due to over processing or otherwise torturing by means of nearly any available method out there. Simply put, I have experience in researching ways to promote, stimulate, healthy hair growth.Diet is a big factor.. I would see to it that he takes a good multivitamin. Vit E isn't the only vitamin he needs. Biotin and Vit C, Vit A, VitD and veggie proteins are also necessary as is a slew of minerals as well in order to kick his nutrition into a phase for healthy strong normal hair growth.What exactly is normal? Well that depends and it varies for everyone based on genetics. Some people are blessed enough to grow an inch a month, while others seem to take 3-6months to acheive. A healthy diet rich in the vitamins and minerals and proteins above can definately insure that a person reaches their individual optimal healthy growth pattern.Some herbs are known/said but never scientifically proven to help stimulate healthy hair growth. Herbs like horsetail, or rosemary.A vitamin with silica can also help. Although you want to be careful on the vitamins, because if they aren't water soluble, its easy to overdose. I would recommend seeking out a nutrionist, an herbalist, or naturapathic doctor to have someone overseeing nutrition and vitamin intake.I would also like to add, that I would not palm roll or twist the dreads much. If they are thinning I would imagine that due to nutrition they are weak and the maintenance is probably too stressful on the dreads and is causing weakness. Just let them be for a while. You can have stress alopecia. Or stress/tension related balding if the folicles are not healthy enough to handle it. He can do some maintenance if he likes, but I would have him drastically cut back and only focus on keeping them from growing together.As his nutrition improves, he should notice a difference in the pigment of his hair, it will become richer and more vibrant, as well as strength and the rate of growth.If you dont want to see a nutrionist you can always research herbs and supplements, or start with a basic multivitamin. I recommend getting a vitamin from a health food store as they are more potent, and have better ingredients to help promote maximum healthy absorbtion. Even a hair skin and nails vitamin is good too.Here are a list of herbs I suggest you educate or read a bit about. You may find some appealing to you and helpful as they are known as healthy hair promoters.NettleHorsetailOatstrawSandalwoodRose HipsElder FlowersSouthernwoodParsleyFenugreekSageBasilPeppermintGingerChamomileLavendarRosemaryMilk ThistleYarrowAgain I recommend before starting any major supplements and herbal routines, you check with your herbalist and health care provider, as some herbs and vitamins are very potent, some metabolize differently, and some are not compatible with others, and certain health conditions. Use wisely.PS: I am not sure TTO is good for fragile hair, as it can be extremely drying. I would not use any herbs or routine that would be harsh on the hair, folicles or scalp. Sometimes a good gentle scalp massage with some coconut oil or other lightweight skin absorbing oil (not on the dreads but massaged into the scalp) can help, especially when mixed with rosemary or peppermint.Hope this helps you.Good Luck,Feel free to contact me anytime with any questions!Please excuse any typos and lazy sentence structure, I am one seriously exhausted mama right now :)
MountainWillow
@mountainwillow
11/02/09 09:31:19PM
141 posts

movin tomoro


General Talk

Blessings to you friend
updated by @mountainwillow: 07/23/15 08:13:42PM
MountainWillow
@mountainwillow
09/28/09 08:58:56PM
141 posts

Weirdest method you've heard of.


Dreading Methods

I dunno maybe? She mostly frequents parenting forums. But no doubt is a forum whore as I seem to run into her everywhere I don't want to.
MountainWillow
@mountainwillow
09/28/09 12:27:41PM
141 posts

Weirdest method you've heard of.


Dreading Methods

I actually stumbled upon something posted in a dread thread on another forum by this dumbass girl I used to hang out with. She said she lol 'shaves' her dreads. Ya know like you shave a sweater? Lol I'm almost peed my pants thinking how stupid she was and how damaging and not good for dreads it is. She thinks she's a know it all and has bragged about her dreads. I think she has had them 2 or 3 years.Duh the fuzzies on the dreads help the dreads. Why would anyone shave them away? Eventually the dread will eat those loose frizzy hairs. I guess she wants starving fragile unhealthy dreads or something. I won't bother helping her. She thinks everyone is in love with her and wants to be her. Let her dreads look like shit- she won't listen to any advice anyway. Lol
MountainWillow
@mountainwillow
09/16/09 11:22:57PM
141 posts

Herbs, Natural Remedies Useful to Dreads & Dreadcare


Dread Maintenance

Herbal List For Hair/Dreadlock "Hair"eapys(as requested by Soaring Eagle to help all you's dreadheads)Originally I was going to get quite in depth but after some time spent and realizing howmany herbs are of great medicinal and theraputic benefit I decided to limit this list tocontain only the most popular or more widely mentioned herbs. I will add more as I see fit ;)You may also find this list, and any other remedies and recipes I come up with on my dreadblog www.mountainwillow.wordpress.comThis is for educational purposes only - I am not a doctor and recommend that you use herbsat your own risk taking full responsibility. If you are unsure of any part of it, for anyreason including but not limited to your health or certain medical conditions, age or futherI suggest you consult with your local natural healer, herbalist, naturapath, holistic MD orthe like.You can use the following herbs in tea's, infused apple cider vinegar rinses, essences, ortinctures. The method is entirely up to you, but this guide should help point you in theright direction to get you started.There are many herbs that can be beneficial to the scalp or hair. The following might bethe most recognized or easier to obtain herbs. The descriptions only contain the medicinal,theraputic uses of the following herbs specifically in relation to skin and hair.Lavendar: Labiatae herb family-lavendar has found a multitude of uses as a natural treatment for many maladies.It's use for medicinal purposes dates back centuries, as far back as the 1700s in Europeand even further back in China. Has disinfecting properties, can soothe pain (bad dandruffor possibly dreadache related pains), can minimize scarring, stimulate tissue repair (damaged scalp)and calm/soothe the mind, body, and skin.Rosemary: Labiatae herb family- toning and astrigent effects on the skin, stimulates hair folliclesand promotes hair growth, has reported to slow down or even hold off premature hair loss and greyinghair. Can soothe and condition dry flakey scalps (dandruff dreads) Especially potent for bad scalpconditions like severe dandruff with dreads when combined with other herbs like, chamomile, basil,tea tree oil, and Nettles. It can help darken grey hair or aide in dying hair darker over time (althoughthis is not usually obvious until after much time has passed). Stimulates roots and scalp. Manyswear by its use to stimulate longer healthier hair growth. Can help condition hair/dreads and eliminatesome dryness. Very Very useful for dandruff by itself as a hair tea or even stronger in combination withother dandruff fighting herbs and rinses.Chamomile: daisy/Asteraceae family- calming and great use for skin problems and skin irritations,inflamations. Makesan excellent tonic, rinse, for hair. Helps bring out hair's natural highlights. Great for naturallylightening hair especially when used in combination with lemon and drying hair/dreads in sunlightor exposing hair and dreads to sunlight often. Can help combat dandruff (especially when used withother known dandruff kicking herbs). Also aids in wound healing (in cases of minor scalp sores)*Chamomile contains coumarin, a naturally-occurring compound with anticoagulant or blood-thinning effects.Fennel: family Apiaceae - many medicinal uses, as for the hair is an excellent natural hair conditionerleaving no residue for your dry thirsty dreads. Not a detangler by itself- so not to worry, those knotsshouldnt fall out. (I havent experienced or read any negative reports when used by dreadheads) I use itas an infused rinse nearly every wash with my dreads as they are damaged severely and dry. This rinsemakes a huge difference in them, rendering them less brittle and softer instead of straw like.Highly recommend to quench dry dreadies.Sage: Labiatae family- Sage is a very aromatic herb with many health properties. relieves, treats dandruff,and especially beneficial when combined with lavendar (and even lice can be eliminated by using both together),can be more potent in combatting dandruff when combined with rosemary and other herbs useful in healing thescalp. Very useful in treating skin disorders.Can help promote healthy hair growth. Helpful in treating hair lossand greying hair. Antibacterial plant. Enhances darker hair and can help maintain natural color in darker hair.strengthening, rejuvenate the hair follicles, maintain the colour, and ensure the growth of thick, healthy locks.Thyme: Lamiaceae family- astringent, antiseptic, and antifungal.. used to invigorate and stimulate hair growth.It is used as a tonic for hair and to help treat dandruff and hair loss.Thyme essential oil is not really usedin skin care, but is sometimes used to treat dandruff and hair-loss. Stimulates circulation, The essential oilof thyme can help with headaches and can be used for an antiseptic hair spray... Great as a mold dread remedy concentrated hair tea for your dreads if you are having mold issues" *consult your health care provider if yousuffer from high blood pressureCorriander: Apiaceae (parsley family). antiseptic, antinflamatory, aids in healthy hair growth, effective in treating dandruff, especiallywhen combined with other dandruff healing herbs.Stinging Nettle: Urticaceae (Nettle Family), great hair tonic may help bring back the natural color of hair,use as a shampoo, conditioner (reside free) and hair rinse for dandruff, for stimulation of hair growthand prevention of hair loss, as a cleanser for oily skin *consult your pactitioner if you suffer from high blood pressureAloe: family Asphodelaceae- anti-inflamatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral- known for centuries for its healing properties,helps promote thick, healthy hair, acts as a natural conditioner, treats a variaty of skin issues (dandruff, psoriasis, burns,blisters, sores, surgery, some fungal issues, dry skin, sunburn, acne, frostbite, and prevents scarring) Aloe makes a great natural alternative to wax when palm rolling your dreads, taming the frizzies, helping the locking process naturally (when not over used) and without the residue of wax or other on the market products.Ylang Ylang: family (Annonaceae), antiseptic, may reduce some skin irritations, helps to keep hair and skin healthy, stimulates the scalpand helps promote hair growth. is beneficial to various skin disorders and can rejuvenate skin, heal insect bites, acne, balance thesecretion of sebum and treat over oily or over dry hair. Balances oil production when used as a hair conditioner. Naturally conditions hair/dreads.*too much of it's fragrance may cause headachesTea Tree Oil (Melaleuca): family Myrtaceae: natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal,very effective first aid remedy and againstcountless skin ailments, infections, cuts, scrapes, burns, insect bites and skin spots etc. is effective against nail fungus, ringworm,athlete's foot, dandruff, acne, blackheads and many types of infestations including lice, mites, scabies and mosquitoes etc... (For humans and animals alike) soothing and disinfecting, it is capable of penetrating into the lower skin layers with its anti-inflammatory,disinfectant, analgesic (pain-killing) and cicatrizant (wound-healing) qualities.Peppermint: Family Lamiaceae: astringint, anaesthetic, disinfectant, analgesic, may help headaches (dreadaches), cooling to the scalp,treats dandruff, and lice. Nourishes dull skin, improves oily skin.Basil: acts as an insect repellent, aromatic, enhances natural hair color especially when added to chamomile (lighter hair) or rosemary (darker hair)is a beneficial herb that stimulates and promotes hair growth, especially when used in combination with fenugreek or other hair promotingherbs. May help treat dandruff especially when combined with chamomile, rosemary or other dandruff healthing herbs.Fenugreek: treats dandruff, may boost hair growth and reduce hair loss, may actually make hair more curly (a plus for us dread heads trying to knot our hair!curly hair knots easier and quicker) Combats, acne, dandruff, and helps relieve dryness, may also act as a natural conditoner (reside free) for dreadsAsh Gourd: - The peel and seeds of ash gourd, boiled in coconut oil are useful in hair growth; prevent dandruff and dryness of the scalp.Dandruff Remedy Recipes:Beets and Peppermint Dandruff Remedy3 Beets4 TBS Dried Peppermint1 Cup Vinegar1 L WaterMethod:- Boil the Beets (you may cut them into small parts) and peppermint for 10 minutes- Leave for 1 hour and then filter- Add vinegar to the filtrateRosemary and Sage Dandruff Remedy2 TBS Dried Rosemary2 TBS Dried Sage1/2 Cup Apple Cider VinegarProcedure:- Boil the herbs for 10 minutes- Remove heat and leave for 2 hours- Filter (using gauze), and to the filtrate add apple vinegar- Rinse the hair using this mixture without dilution, let the scalp absorb the ingredients- Use the resultant mixture to wash your hair- Rinse your hair using waterDandruff Remedy for excessively oily dreads *for normal-dry dreads, dilute with water*4 Lemons peels (grated)4 Lemons juice4 drops Thyme oi1 L Water- Boil lemon peels for 10 minutes- Remove heat and leave for 2 hours- Filter and add lemon juice to the filtrate- Add thyme oil- Rinse the hair using the resultant mixture- Curd is very popular and effective home remedy for dandruff.Keep a small quantity of curd for fermentation for 2-3 days.Apply this curd to the scalp and hair.Dry it for 1 hour and wash it off.- Another common home remedy for dandruff is the regular use of thecombination of (lightweight natural oil for dreads, like jojoba) andginger root on the head. It will not only reduce the dandruff but alsonourishes the hair at the roots.- You can also try this simple and effective home remedy for removing dandruff.Make a paste of sandalwood oil with triple the amount of lemon juice and to apply it on the scalp.- You can also prepare a gel of aloe vera leaves. Apply this on the scalp and leave it overnight.Wash it the next morning**Apple cider vingear, and lemon also act as a great source of relief for dandruff, and a nice rinse for dreads (although use of alot of lemon can be drying to dreads/hair)Baking Soda is a great alternative to shampoos for washing dreads, and is natural, also helps disolve flakes from dandruff. If not rinsed well, and/or too much used, can cause dandruff.Vinegar & Thyme along with Lavendar or TTO are a great combination in treating molding dreads should the occasion arise (which we hope not, but just in case)


updated by @mountainwillow: 02/14/15 05:41:13AM
MountainWillow
@mountainwillow
09/13/09 01:18:55PM
141 posts

baking soda dreadlock Wash Rave!!


Dread Maintenance

Ok I promise I will by tomarrow afternoon. Sorry I forgot about that with everything going on here. No more slacking promise
MountainWillow
@mountainwillow
09/13/09 01:13:50PM
141 posts

baking soda dreadlock Wash Rave!!


Dread Maintenance

Yea ylang ylang is awesome. Peppermint Rosemary and Ylang Ylang all have in common the ability to stimulate healthy hair growth. Ylang ylang and Fennel share common ground as excellent hair conditioners.Great stuff.
MountainWillow
@mountainwillow
09/13/09 01:13:09PM
141 posts

baking soda dreadlock Wash Rave!!


Dread Maintenance

Yea ylang ylang is awesome. Peppermint Rosemary and Ylang Ylang all have in common the ability to stimulate healthy hair growth. Ylang ylang and Fennel share common ground as excellent hair conditioners.Great stuff.
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