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Kid Ayn Gibran
@Kid Ayn Gibran
03/04/13 05:49:01PM
25 posts

You are not blacker than me!!!! black on black dread disrespect


General Talk

We black folks have long been taught to hate our natural selves. For the longest we had the paper bag test...somebody was only suitable to marry if they were the same color or lighter than a brown paper bag. We've done everything to force our hair to imitate our white brothers and sister's hair. Hot combs. Relaxers. Weaves. Wigs. Wax and gels of all kinds. African hair naturally wants to dread from the moment it shoots from the scalp, but to naturally allow the hair to dread is seen as ugly/bad hair. It's more of a self-esteem issue than anything else.

You hear about the Hampton University Business School Dean state that men must cut their dreads and cornrows to be accepted to the business school, because the hairstyle is unprofessional and bears no [black] cultural value.

Kid Ayn Gibran
@Kid Ayn Gibran
07/24/12 12:11:48AM
25 posts

BS mix VS Lockin-up shampoo


Dread Maintenance

ACV is a conditioner in a way. For me, even when using a small amount it softens my hair and when my dreads were just starting that meant some hairs were falling out of the dread. Go with what works best for you....or experiment by using less and less ACV.

Kid Ayn Gibran
@Kid Ayn Gibran
05/26/12 03:47:15AM
25 posts

Dandruff big nasty flakes


Introduce Yourself

From personal experience shampoos are not the best idead Shampoos are much more harsh than natural remedies like herbal rinses. Those dandruff shampoos change the way your body works, hence the Rx or drug information on the back of the bottle. Dandruff is normal, it is either skin from your scalp shedding or it is sebum (oil) created by your scalp. Shampoos change the pH of your hair and scalp, which means the pH of your scalp and hair is all out of wack. Doesn't it make make more sense to find the root of your problem: what is throwing off the pH level; than to put a temporary band-aid on the problem? Like acne and dry skin, excessive dandruff means there is an imbalance within the body or a response to the external:

Diet: dehydration, poor nutrition,dairy, salt, sugar,

Climate: dandruff worsens during winter and summer

Maintenance: massage your scalp since you don't comb/brush; moisturizing oils (coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, etc) are unnecessary because the body creates its own oil (sebum) and they can cause dandruff (with olive oil: body will down regulate sebum production; unless olive oil is used very often: scalp will dry out, the body will overproduce sebum causing oily/flaky scalp); decrease amount of BS/ACV rinses, depending on water hardness even wetting hair can throw off the pH.

I will say that the best medicine/fix to our health problems is to allow our bodies' to regulate and heal itself, which it will do if the right nutrients are in the body and you keep it clear of pollutants, which includes things we eat.

This is a journey and no one thing works for everybody. Do your research and experiment to find what works for you and what doesn't work for you.

~ Peace & Love Fam

Kid Ayn Gibran
@Kid Ayn Gibran
01/14/12 05:51:58PM
25 posts

Ends of my dreads balling up : ) but then falling off!


Dread Maintenance

Ha. My hair used to do that. There is one that has stood the test of time and isn't going anywhere (I'll put a picture up someday). Mine didn't "fall off" usually, i washed my hair or somebody would snatch them off, which would piss me off. It happens though. Totally natural.

Kid Ayn Gibran
@Kid Ayn Gibran
12/09/11 04:12:38AM
25 posts

Dreads too tight! Causing mold or buildup. My dreadlocks also seem too dry!


Dread Maintenance

Say dread. Twist and rip is not for our hair type. You honestly would've been better off with just twisting and leaving your hair alone. But whats done is done.

Black folks hair is naturally fragile and is not elastic like other hair types so our roots have to be strong to bear the weight of the hair that is dreaded. This is why black women braid their hair to make it grow faster. Our hair individually is extremely weak and breaks when too long, but when braided or dreaded long weak stands become stronger as one (like a single stick compared to a bundle of sticks). Everybody's roots join, but our hair IMO benefits the most from this. When you rip your roots you are weakening your dreads support system. If you do separate only do so with SINGLE loose stands of hair that is wet. Once your roots are rooted or anchored I wouldn't force them apart. Also stop twisting. You're gonna twist your dreads right off.

The smell if, like SE said, it doesn't smell like a refrigerator gone bad is merely the natural smell of your hair and scalp. It's what I call head sweat and is a byproduct of your body purifying itself much like BO and is unique to each person. Like what your hat or durag smells like after wearing it for awhile.

No need to mess with the loose strands. They will either marry into a nearby dread or a bunch of your loose strands will dread into one new dread.

As far as buildup is concerned I would use that neutrogena only once to remove any buildup you can. But remember. Any product you put in your will leave some buildup. A lot of these non-residue shampoos have oils in them which do not completely rinse out, hence the scent they leave behind. However, they leave behind the least amount of residue. I would use a castille soap/shampoo like Dr. Bronner's, or Kirk's castille soap. and also an herbal rinse of mint tea, rosemary, and sage. Check out Cupidvalentino1's videos on youtube for more info.

I don't understand what you mean by your dreads are too tight? You have to realize that our hair curls like no either. So when you assist this process I guess you twisted your hair tightly then your hair naturally twisted itself, which our hair does. If you want to loosen them one thing I did to to moisturize my hair was I cut a stalk off my aloe vera plant and rubbed the juices on my hair. I let it set for awhile then I rinsed. Super soft. Or you can use acv, which I now avoid, after a baking soda wash, and that will loosen your dreads.

Blow dry your hair on a cool/cold setting or drive with the windows down.

I used to use coconut oil, but it became unnecessary. The herbal rinse and drinking more water (staying hydrated) has made my hair the softest and most moisturized its ever been without being too greasy. Also the aloe vera helps.

Kid Ayn Gibran
@Kid Ayn Gibran
11/16/11 07:06:06PM
25 posts

Black Tar Soap for a white girl's young dreads?


Dread Maintenance

If I had to guess your hair doesn''t get as dry as most black folks hair so I would vote down the black soap. BS can defintiely dry your hair out so make sure you dilute it enough and do the ACV rinse after. Maybe even dilute the ACV with water and the smell isn't that bad.

You could always try an herbal rinse of rosemary, mint tea, and aloe vera. I buy fresh rosemary and use a couple sprigs, one mint tea bag, and harvest some of my aloe vera plant really just enough to moisturize my hair like 2-3 tbsp. (you can also buy 100% pure aloe vera gel). I put all of that in a glass jar, put a top on it and set it in the sun for about 3-5 hours or you can boil it all. When it's all diffused let it cool down. When it has cooled down, pour the mixture on your hair and scalp while you're over a bowl to catch the contents. You can repour the mixture over your head 3-4 times, but just toss it out when your done.

Check out these video. The guy is pretty opinionated about some controversial subjects, but he knows about dread care. You might wanna skip the sage, which darkens your hair, unless that's something you're looking for.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CEQXVmnihE&feature=related (start at 6:45)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDgaw8YMH0w

Kid Ayn Gibran
@Kid Ayn Gibran
11/15/11 02:12:17AM
25 posts

the animal in you


General Talk

OTTER!!!!

Kid Ayn Gibran
@Kid Ayn Gibran
10/29/11 08:36:25PM
25 posts

Check out my dreads


Introduce Yourself

I'm with SE on this one. I had mine twisted with wax for a 3 weeks....untwisted them, washed with a clarifying shampoo, picked it back to a fro and dreaded naturally with no products. You don't need any product to dread, and for us black folks its even easier to dread, because our hair naturally curls into itself causing "naps". Those naps are the beginning of baby dreads. That's what I did. I embraced my nappyness.Our hair dreads without any manipulation. If you dig the maintained, salon look then you should use pure aloe vera gel or something else that isn't waxy or petrolatum based (grease, vaseline) so it doesn't leave buildup. But if you want a more natural, unique look then go natural ie just wash and go. Look on youtube and follow a dude named cupidvalentino1.

However you decide to dread God bless you many lessons to be learned.

-SoulDread

Kid Ayn Gibran
@Kid Ayn Gibran
10/29/11 05:56:21PM
25 posts

2 weeks into neglect, Dr. Bronners or BS rinse?


Dreading Methods

Like SE said you will always have dandruff. The best way to really reduce visible dandruff is to eat better and stay hydrated. To manage dandruff I would say explore with your options, because what works for one may not work for another.

BS is a salt and can dry out certain skin types more than others. It does dry my scalp, but I've found that a rosemary, aloe vera, sage, and mint rinse afterwards does wonders to rehydrate my scalp. Best things about BS is that it is a salt and dissolves completely in water so it does not leave build up, and it also helps remove buildup as it acts as an exfoliator for skin and hair.

Dr. B's is good stuff. But it doesn't rinse well in hard water, which is something I deal with. I don't think it matters what kind you get, although I've heard liquid is harder to rinse out although I haven't noticed the difference. I stick to bars to minimize the waste of plastic bottles, which is a personal preference. What ever you do rinse with COLD water to reduce not only dandruff, but also cold water seems to rinse more effectively than warm water or hot water for that matter.

Honestly, explore and see what works best for you...like Ms. Frizzle says "Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy" or in your case get clean.

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