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Heather
@heather
03/30/11 10:18:46PM
1,294 posts

Baking soda wash not working?


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

hey! your in orange, ca?? me too! the water here is hell so no wonder why your having problems with bs.
Heather
@heather
03/30/11 10:17:01PM
1,294 posts

Baking soda wash not working?


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

i personally think the whole residue thing is over hyped. i think the wax dreadlocks sites tell you to use residue free shampoo because first off they want to sell you shampoo and second because residue will get trapped in dreads that are coated with wax. moldy dreads happen if your dreads never dry completely. kind of like a towel that doesn't dry all the way and starts to smell. unless your constantly in the ocean or taking showers twice a day then there shouldn't be any problems with mold.
Heather
@heather
03/30/11 08:46:00PM
1,294 posts

I Caved.....


Dreading Methods

i think maybe i need to live by the beach like you and i'll have awesome dreads like you and your husband someday;) that probably won't happen though because i'm too afraid of tsunamis. {lol!}

NaturalWomyn said:

love YOU mama!! different strokes for different folks is what I always say! I'm just happy when others are happy with their dreads/ dready progress! maybe I'm just the oddball out cause if i didn't have to comb my hair and it didn't dread I probably wouldn't have dreads! lol! Maybe it's laziness cause when I was 8 or 9 I had unintentional dreads from refusing to comb my hair, my mom was soo mad she dragged me to the hairdresser and forced me into a bob cut! ugh...

(((H*U*G*S))) & Love to you all

i love you, naturalwomyn and i don't think you sounded condescending at all and yes i do believe its more about the end result than the journey. i mean really would we all do this if we didn't get dreadlocks in the end? i personally hate this rebellious stage of my hair. i want the end result badly but not at the expense of 15 hours of backcombing or t&r but thats just me. i did that once already and hated the sectioning so thats why i combed it out and went natural. plus my hair just doesn't hold any of the starter methods anyway. they fall out no matter what. it all comes down to we all want the end result which is dreadlocks and we all have our paths. yay for kai for choosing a path that was right for her.

*sorry kai for hijacking your post* {{hugs}}

Heather
@heather
03/30/11 08:39:10PM
1,294 posts

What is this?


Help! Save My Dreads

they look great! you could always t&r them if they start to get eaten by the backcombed ones. wow, they were kind of too far from each other to be one dread anyway. yay for 3 more dread babies:) you should feel around in the back and make sure their aren't anymore jumbo ones back there that might be a problem later. its a lot easier to pull them apart now than later.
Heather
@heather
03/30/11 08:34:47PM
1,294 posts

Baking soda wash not working?


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

ive used the tea tree tingle shampoo in the past. i wouldn't worry to much about residue unless you have wax in your hair. just stick to clear shampoos that aren't conditioning and don't have a bunch of chemicals and you'll be fine.
Heather
@heather
03/30/11 08:31:30PM
1,294 posts

I Caved.....


Dreading Methods

yeah, my hair was mid back when i backcombed my first set by myself. totally killer on the arms. it took me a whole day to finish and when i was done i hated them. i think if i had had someone to help me then maybe they wouldn't have been so bad and i would've stuck to it. i combed them out about a week later and it literally took me about an hour to do so because most of it had fallen out.

Kai Rayne said:
Hey no worries yall! I appreciate all points of view. :) For me, I couldn't ever sit for 12 hours while someone back-combed my hair, I don't have patience for that either. rofl I have such a small amount of hair that it only took 3 total hours and those were broken up over two days (only because my friend couldn't do that full 3 at once). She did TNR too, cause my hair falls out if it is backcombed. (I tried it once a few years ago just to see). I'm happy I have what I have now. They are completely done and although the back ones are a bit loose, I'm going to leave them alone from here on out. I've wanted dreads for 15 years and just recently got the guts to rock the locks, so I jumped in head first. They are all crazy lookin right now and I already love them. :) I have my favorites already too. lol

I'll take some pics a little later, I look awful right now. hehe
Heather
@heather
03/30/11 08:24:36PM
1,294 posts

Baking soda wash not working?


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

i've actually tried a little bit of bs with my shampoo and it works great! i don't do it every time because i don't want to dry out my scalp but if i'm feeling a bit more grimy on my scalp then its wonderful.

Faelwynn said:
You say that, but again I've had ABSOLUTELY NO issues washing this way. No decrease in dreading time/knotting, no residue, nothing. Plus, my hair before dreading was super oily, and it's actually helped cut down the oiliness a ton. I can now go a number of days without washing my hair where before I could only go maybe one, two if I was feeling really lazy and had nowhere to be.

Everything that you use is going to leave SOME residue, it's just unavoidable. I'm not going to pay twice as much for a non-residue shampoo, because in the end it will still leave some form of residue. If anyone is finding that the acv is leaving their hair too slick, then they probably need to cut back on the acv in their rinse or start using white vinegar which isn't as conditioning as the acv but will still remove any extra gunk that's built up.

As another side note, I also find that when I need a deeper clean that it's a bit gentler on my scalp to mix just a tiny bit (maybe .5tbsp)of baking soda in with my shampoo when washing. It gives a bit of extra scrub power without irritating my scalp.

soaringeagle said:

u

using acv after regular shampoo wull make it too acidic

it will remove residue bit make it acidic sklippery smooth and mayube lead to oiliness most shampoos are perfectly ballanced to 5.5 acv i thinks a 3 ..the acv./bs mare ballanced to put the hair in the right rancge

using a baklanced shampoo your in the right range then u throw it out with acv

better to skip acv and use a non res shampoo instead

Faelwynn said:

Honestly the b/s wash left my scalp with puss filled spots that were incredibly painful (and it did so regardless of the amount of baking soda contained in the wash). At this point, I switch between a number of different commercial shampoos or shampoo bars (handmade or otherwise) which I then follow with a moderately strong apple cider vinegar rinse. I will use the baking soda wash maybe once a month, but I don't think thatconsistentuse is for everyone.

As far as residue is concerned? After splitting a few dreads a month or so ago, I can verify that it really is over-rated; there was no flaky residue, and the knotting was SOLID (even closer to the roots) which means that it took forever for me to split those dreads completely. Commercial shampoos aren't anywhere near as detrimental as some have mentioned them being, especially when used in conjunction with the acv rinse.

However, if you do want to continue using the bs/acv wash routine, make sure that you're washing out the bs before you add the acv. If you aren't then the result of that chemical reaction is carbonic acid which does no more for your hair than rinsing it in water would. Also, if you're noticing any excess oiliness, I'd lay off the essential oils. They had a similar oiling effect on my hair the one time that they were used.


updated by @heather: 07/23/15 06:47:46PM
Heather
@heather
03/30/11 08:20:18PM
1,294 posts

Washing- How long is to long?


Dread Maintenance

well, lucky for me i've never had a problem with dandruff or anything so we'll see if i can make it to a week without getting an itchy head.

Faelwynn said:
I can usually go only 5 days max. without washing. By day three or four I start getting itchy, and by day five, sometimes six, it's just unbearable.
Heather
@heather
03/30/11 08:16:37PM
1,294 posts

I Caved.....


Dreading Methods

i love you, naturalwomyn and i don't think you sounded condescending at all and yes i do believe its more about the end result than the journey. i mean really would we all do this if we didn't get dreadlocks in the end? i personally hate this rebellious stage of my hair. i want the end result badly but not at the expense of 15 hours of backcombing or t&r but thats just me. i did that once already and hated the sectioning so thats why i combed it out and went natural. plus my hair just doesn't hold any of the starter methods anyway. they fall out no matter what. it all comes down to we all want the end result which is dreadlocks and we all have our paths. yay for kai for choosing a path that was right for her.

*sorry kai for hijacking your post* {{hugs}}

Heather
@heather
03/30/11 08:06:02PM
1,294 posts

What is this?


Help! Save My Dreads

looks like 2 sections that don't want to be together:) since they're still new you could probably split them quite easily. its totally normal though. you could just put a bead on it if you don't want to separate it but just make sure the section isn't too big or your going to have one massive dreadlock later.
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