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Heather
@heather
07/07/11 02:26:36AM
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Washing dread tams


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assuming your hat is wool than just fill a sink with cold water and add a tiny bit of soap (laundry soap, baby shampoo or even dr. bronners). swish around and squeeze gently then rinse well with clean cold water. gently squeeze out excess water. lay the hat on a towel and roll it up and press down on it to help the towel absorb the water in the hat. remove it from the towel and lay the hat somewhere to dry. hth:)
Heather
@heather
07/06/11 10:15:56PM
1,294 posts

sleeping in a tam / frizzies / big hair


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poor girl with all that thick, beautiful hair:) i wish i had your problem. lol:) i wouldn't put your tam on wet hair but if you want to sea spray it, let it dry and then put the tam on you should be fine. i would hate to see mold growing in that beautiful hair:)
Heather
@heather
07/06/11 10:11:40PM
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Dr Bronners.


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dr. bronners doesn't work for me because of our hard water but i know a lot of people like it. i know se says to dilute it because it says something like that on the bottle but i've heard quite a few people say that it works better undiluted and its easier to rinse out. maybe try it both ways. even still if you want to dilute it in the 2oz bottle i would just add about a tsp and the rest water. find the way that works for you and go for it:)
Heather
@heather
07/06/11 10:01:22PM
1,294 posts

Washing dread tams


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if its wool than you will definitely need to hand wash using cold water only and very gently. lay it flat to dry. never dry wool anything in a dryer unless you want it to fit a toddler afterwards. if its acrylic than you can machine wash and dry. acrylic is pretty durable.
Heather
@heather
07/03/11 11:18:54PM
1,294 posts

Apple Pectin


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lol! thanks, frank:) happy to help.
Heather
@heather
07/03/11 03:49:19PM
1,294 posts

Feel Like Giving Up...Please HELP!


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its definitely the dr. bronners. you most likely have hard water and castile soaps won't rinse out and will leave you with a sticky residue no matter how much you dilute it. definitely get aclarifying shampoo. suave, neutrogena,prell. any of those will do. my personal favorite is desert essence lemon tea tree shampoo for oily hair. its a natural shampoo that's easy to find in most health food stores.
Heather
@heather
06/30/11 08:03:00PM
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Apple Pectin


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yeah, i can't do the bs/acv wash either. it leaves my hair feeling unclean and the acv makes my hair too soft. here's what i do and it works really well for me and my stupid hard water. get yourself a squeeze bottle (from a beauty supply store or maybe even walmart). my bottle holds 12 oz. I fill it to about an inch from the top with water then i add 1 tbs. of bs and a squirt of my shampoo. put the cap on and shake. the bottle i have has has a long nozzle on the end which helps me to directly squirt the mixture on my scalp. you don't really have to do the bs but i do it because it drys my hair out a bit which is giving it more grip for knotting. once i have more established locks i will probably just do the shampoo/ water mix. hth:)
Heather
@heather
06/30/11 01:05:30PM
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Thinking of dreading, yet unsure.


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i have soft, fine hair too. it took a lot of time for my hair to start to knot naturally. i'm happy with how its finally doing it but knowing what i know now with how my hair hates to knot i probably would've t&r my hair after it naturally sectioned itself a couple months in. t&r is the least damaging of the starter methods and probably the easiest to remove if you have second thoughts. you put it in using your hands and you can undo it using your hands too. no comb or harsh tools required. maybe do a couple and see how you like it. if it's not for you then just unravel them and move on:)
Heather
@heather
06/30/11 12:41:45PM
1,294 posts

Apple Pectin


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if dr. bronners bar soap leaves your hair feeling gross then chances are that all the natural soaps will do the same. you probably have hard water. i do and it makes it very hard to use any natural products because the minerals and crap in the water cause a coating of sorts that doesn't mix well with the oils in the soaps. just find a good shampoo without a lot of crap in it. eyeheartchrist has used quite a few different shampoos through his locking. prell is one of them which is easy to find at any walmart, etc. i personally don't like the smell of prell but others do so you might give it a shot. my absolute favorite shampoo (after trying a ton of them) is desert essence lemon tea tree shampoo for oily hair. you can find it at health food stores like whole foods, sprouts, henry's, etc. it cleans my scalp really well and gets my hair squeaky clean. hth:)
Heather
@heather
06/30/11 12:27:52PM
1,294 posts

middle-aged newbie dreadhead


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if you work in food service than can't you put a headband or something like that on and then gather the hair in the back loosely into one of those snood type thing? i've seen food truck people wear them to make sure there hair doesn't get in the food. it would would probably cause less stress on your scalp and it might also encourage knotting kind of like a tam would. in regards to the broken hairs, you could always weave them back into the correct dreads using a tapestry needle but i would wait until they are 4 - 5 inches long first so they'll have a better chance at staying in the lock. good luck to you!

Coreen Baumann said:

I just friended you to send a message...but I can address it all here....I have no other considerations....no meds, vegan, stress, etc. I'm in food service, so my hair has to be up. However, I do wear a bandana, so I'm figuring I can get rid of the ponytail and just pull it through the back end of the bandana.

I don't wear a tight ponytail but I'm thinking the problem is just that I have it up too often. Also, I noticed that after using the BS then going back to a natural bar soap, my hair feels like crap. I'm not straying from the BS anymore.

Thanks so much Panterra! I'll just have to have some patience. Will it be okay for me to work those broken ends into their original dreads or should I just let them go to do their own thing?

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