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post #261 of 376
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i have enough fabric to cloth a small country... so i should be able to make something


ROTFL! I have a bunch of wooden dread beads somewhere. Once I get moved and find them I'll post some pics as I have way too many for one head, lol.

post #262 of 376

I gave in and shampooed my hair. I couldn't stand how oily my hair was anymore and we didn't have any money for me to get anything besides what we had (baking soda). Will this ruin my dreads? It was Herbal Essence Hydrate.

post #263 of 376

The big reason not to use mainstream shampoos is b/c they can stay in your dreads, it's hard to wash the chemicals out and some are conditioning. If your dreads didn't come out when you did it, they're not going to later, so, no, I doubt you ruined them;) Just make sure it's rinsed real well (I'd do a vinegar rinse or even wash again w/BS).

It's so weird to me that your hair is so oily w/the baking soda but not shampoo. For me, and everything I've heard, BS is drying, so I've never seen that issue. Does your scalp feel cleaner?

The other thing to remember is it can take a while for your scalp's oil production to get back to where it should be naturally. So if you've always used shampoo and you switch to none it will take a while (a few weeks I'd say) to get it used to that and slow oil production. If there's any way you can bare with it for a while w/no shampoo I'm sure the results will be great!

Have you worked the BS into a paste and really scrubbed it into your scalp? I know it's scary w/new dreads, but if you have bands in them or something it should be fine (or if you did them really tight in the first place I wouldn't worry about them coming out).

post #264 of 376
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The big reason not to use mainstream shampoos is b/c they can stay in your dreads, it's hard to wash the chemicals out and some are conditioning. If your dreads didn't come out when you did it, they're not going to later, so, no, I doubt you ruined them;) Just make sure it's rinsed real well (I'd do a vinegar rinse or even wash again w/BS).

It's so weird to me that your hair is so oily w/the baking soda but not shampoo. For me, and everything I've heard, BS is drying, so I've never seen that issue. Does your scalp feel cleaner?

The other thing to remember is it can take a while for your scalp's oil production to get back to where it should be naturally. So if you've always used shampoo and you switch to none it will take a while (a few weeks I'd say) to get it used to that and slow oil production. If there's any way you can bare with it for a while w/no shampoo I'm sure the results will be great!

Have you worked the BS into a paste and really scrubbed it into your scalp? I know it's scary w/new dreads, but if you have bands in them or something it should be fine (or if you did them really tight in the first place I wouldn't worry about them coming out).

I didn't start BS until after my dreads. So, it's been 17 days, minus the one day I did use shampoo. I feel bad asking so many questions. lol Hope I'm not bugging you guys.

post #265 of 376
This is how I wash my dreads...

I have a large squirt bottle like a picnic ketchup bottle. I put a heaping table spoon of baking soda and two squirts of California Baby and then fill the bottle with warm to hot water. After I wet my hair I squirt the mixture on my head focusing on my scalp... Letting it sit while I deal with the rest of my shower. Rinsing well at the end focusing on the scalp and then the ends.

In the winter once a week unless my workout drenches me.... Summer time as often as daily but usually twice a week.

The goal is to avoid build up and to keep your scalp oil free so your roots will dread.

A spray bottle with salt water and a drop or two of essential oil is a nice refresher.
Edited by Indigo73 - 12/6/12 at 12:49pm
post #266 of 376

Washing dreads: This page is from the woman that started my dreads. http://www.ragingrootsstudio.com/washing.htm

 

   There is a section a little down the page that lists ingredients to avoid in shampoo. You do not want to use regular shampoos because all of the residues and chemicals will remain in your dreads and begin building up. Once in awhile won't really hurt but it's not a habit to get in to. I personally use this shampoo, tea tree version, and have for over a year now: http://www.mytangledknots.com/

It's foaming and soothing and I love it! One bottle has lasted me for about a year. I wash 1-2x week, focusing on the scalp only. Hope this helps a little!

post #267 of 376
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Originally Posted by ShadowMoon View Post

Washing dreads: This page is from the woman that started my dreads. http://www.ragingrootsstudio.com/washing.htm

 

   There is a section a little down the page that lists ingredients to avoid in shampoo. You do not want to use regular shampoos because all of the residues and chemicals will remain in your dreads and begin building up. Once in awhile won't really hurt but it's not a habit to get in to. I personally use this shampoo, tea tree version, and have for over a year now: http://www.mytangledknots.com/

It's foaming and soothing and I love it! One bottle has lasted me for about a year. I wash 1-2x week, focusing on the scalp only. Hope this helps a little!

THANK you! Getting some in 2 days!

post #268 of 376

Like I said before, back when I had dreads a few years ago, I used Whole Foods 365 mint shampoo about 3 times a week and after 3 years of having dreads I had them cut in half before being combed out (7.5 hrs.) and there was NO residue what so ever. I only washed my scalp and let it flow throught the dreads when rinsing.

post #269 of 376

Recycled a t-shirt for a hair wrap. Lovin' it! ALOT better than putting it in a tight pony tail holder.

 

 

post #270 of 376

Where is the best place to get beads for cheap?  I'd like to buy a few nice one off etsy, but I also need some plain jane ones for filler and for hopefully smoothing out some of my loops.  The beads at the craft stores around here are all waaay too small.  Tips?
 

post #271 of 376

I had gotten some off ebay and they were nice wood ones real cheap.  When they got really fat i bought some wood rings and put those in as well.

post #272 of 376
Is wood the best material? I have seen some insane (beautiful) glass ones on etsy.
post #273 of 376
Wood beads are suppose to be taken out when you shampoo unless they have a lacquer on them. I've been taking beads off of old clothes and crafts smile.gif. There are some very nice glass beads on etsy, but I'm afraid they'd fall out of my thin dreads. Becky, the Lush Jumping Juniper shampoo bar is the only thing I've found to kick my oily hair's butt and it takes away the itch, plus no residue. We don't have a Lush counter around here so I buy it off of eBay. It's kinda pricey but it's on it's way to lasting me 4 months!
post #274 of 376
I forgot to ask... anyone have a fun dread board on Pinterest? Here's mine http://pinterest.com/phishncarrie/must-love-dreads/
post #275 of 376

The oil has actually corrected itself already! :) BUT I have another problem. The lack of scent in my hair leaves it smelling like a wet dog when my hair is wet. (these are my husband's words, not mine because I can't smell lol). And yes, he was as gentle as he could be with telling me that.

post #276 of 376

You could try using some essential oils in your hair.  Just a drop or two of something that smells really good (like lavender or grapefruit) won't make your hair oily but it will make it smell nice.  I also like to put peppermint e.o. on my scalp when I get the itchies.  It helps so much.

post #277 of 376

My husband imports loose leaf Green Tea from Taiwan and he use to brew some and give my hair a rinse/soak with it while it was nice and warm.  It is a natural antibacterial and I love the way i smelled afterward. Also, I have alpacas and I needle felted a ring of fleece around one of my dreads and it was pretty neat looking. Here they are without beads or fleece. This was 1 yr. old.

post #278 of 376

One month old!!!!

post #279 of 376
Still don't have dreads and now it will probably be another year before I do (surprise baby on the way and I don't wanna have to be babying dreads or dealing with the whole learning to love my dreads while also dealing with my changing body and worrying if this baby is gonna make it...so I will probably wait till baby is here and about six months old before I get mine going).

But I have had a dready Pinterest board for ages now...here it is... http://pinterest.com/RaineyDaye/dreads/
post #280 of 376

Rainey Day, big love on the baby growing! By the looks of your signature, this is probably an anxious time for you but prayers for a healthy little one. Dreads can wait!

 

And speaking of dreads, I think I'm about ready to chop mine off. They're almost 9 months old & I've loved this journey but I've decided they're not intended to be a permanent fixture in my life. So many reasons, none worth elaborating on. But I have a question.....what happens once I chop them? Many are knotted up within centimeters of my scalp but others are loose 4-5" down. I can't envision any presentable hairstyle!? I know there are a few you mamas who've had more than one dreaded adventure so share what happened when you ended the journey. What did you do?? And do you have photos of what your hair looked like immediately after cutting them?

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