One more time!
Thanks to you both! Yeah, I'm just letting it do it's thing as it grows. Practicing patience. Time passes no matter what we all do!
Hey everyone! So I've been here off and on for a while now. When I first joined I just wanted dreads quick and easy and super cute, etc. So vanity. Then I returned again and did neglect/freeform but I had only gotten to about two months in when I took them out. I didn't want to take them out but some things in my life took turns and all that jazz. So since then I've shaved my head a few times, grown it out, cut it, shaved it, etc. but my hair is getting sliiiiightly longisher now. So, it's at around 3.5 inches and while it's growing out I'll be starting dreads again! I know that you usually need at least 4 inches of hair, so this is a premptive strike at a hello! But while my hair grows and grows, I'll stop brushing and we can see what happens haha. Glad to be back!
My dreadlocks were only a mere 2 months old and the grime was not something that was getting any better so I decided to go ahead and take them out, which was a bummer but if there was a problem I wanted to deal with it before they matured any more. 2 month old dreads are just little babies so it was not that big of a deal.
Upon opening them up I began to realize that it was my own fault in the beginning for not rinsing the hair dye out enough in the beginning. My hands were a brownish-black from the dye and it was just a mess.. gross. Lesson learned there and let that be a lesson to other people! Rinse rinse rinse. When you think you've rinse enough, rinse some more lol.
@Nikkiah, I am not sure as I am rather new to the whole thing, but I do hope that someone can answer on here and offer some insight for you!
Oh, also - I don't have any build up or white gunk on my head. It's when I'm blow drying, the hand that keeps touching the hair repeatedly to move the locks around gets this dark film over my fingertips that I can rub my fingers together and it rolls up, beads up and falls away.
I'm assuming that it's from the hair dye being stripped and loosened since from what I've read the BS stuff causes the white gunk? I don't have anything like build up on my scalp or white gunk.
I'm getting some of the liquid dreadlock shampoo from the website as well.
Again - Thanks!
Zachary Tyler said:
. My hair never feels oily but I seem to have a residue or crude on my scalp always. Not sure what I'm doing wrong or it it's just my body.
I'll make sure that I have time for the ACV rinse from now on. The fading hair color doesn't bother me appearance-wise, it's just fading to a brown.
I boiled the water and then added the baking soda, but I'll try a filtered water from here on out and see if that helps with anything.
Thanks for responding guys, I really appreciate it.
So I was doing a BS soak for about 10 minutes, decided to rinse it out and washed my hair with my shampoo bar per usual. I didn't do the ACV rinse this time because I needed to head out shortly and still had a lot to do.
When my hair was dry it felt greasy still, like I had not showered in a while. I began looking at the dreads and trying to see if I could spot any reason and I couldn't see anything. Though, the more I played with them the more I had some grime on my fingertips. I'm thinking the appearance of the grime is from the hair dye that I recently used?
I wash my hair with a residue free shampoo bar, all natural, around 2 - 3 times a week and always blow dry after. One of my larger starter dreads seemed to have still just a tiny little bit of water left in and when I would try and squeeze it, the hair felt almost sticky.
Any ideas? Does skipping the ACV rinse cause this many problems or am I doing something wrong? It sucks to shower and wash and then have your hair still feel yucky afterwards!
Thanks for reading!
I plan on just doing black, my natural hair color is a dark-ish brown so it'll transition well. Thanks for the advice!
i would avoid dying them until they mature a bit, i used regular hair dye and just didn't use the conditioner after, i noticed the chemicals really tightened them up too, i don't suggest dying them all the time but every few months is okay at least it was for me.