Best advice I've seen, is, treat it as though you have dreads. So, get dread shampoo, and that's it...
You should do what makes your mom and grandma happy, and forget about what you want... See how silly that sounds, When you are shinning with happiness, your mom and grandma can not help but be happy, so do what makes you happy, really happy, follow your heart and it will open up for all to see, let the love flow, and what you do on the outside of your body will become insignificant to others.
I find it hard to believe that there has not been crochet maintenance. They look maintained to me, it's incredible how long the crochet look stays with them. WOW.
hey Jayke, this is what I am using now. works great, cost $6-$7, for me to use the shipping from Vicki to maximum, hers cost me $70, although Vicki's bars are bigger and better value, and better product, the shipping kills it, $7 I can afford at the moment.
Loose hair is normal, lumps and bumps are normal, that is what dreads look like without the damaging maintenance. What shampoo do you use, what oils etc? Maybe its something your are putting on, or not putting on your scalp that is creating the unbalance on your scalp, red bumps is probably not tension.
hey Noodle-Doo. Yes It is. Minimal ingredients, only words that I know, no words I have to look up, is a good start.
The shampoo in your link says it moisturises as well as cleaning, and has Shea butter and coconut oil in it. So it might be kinda conditioning for dreads. But who knows? If you can get a good discount on an expensive shampoo it might be worth a try. You can always do a baking soda wash if it gets too soft, to roughen the hair up again :o)
Hey Tim It's really frustrating, isn't it, trying to find out genuine information about the safety of a product in its actual usage?