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12-11-2008 04:17 AM
mama_mich I found the it.... the best ever thing when washing my dreads!!. I used to have wet head for almost 2 days each time I washed them. Then after a washing I thought I smelt some mildew. YUCK!! I thought how bout next time you wash them you soak them in some white distilled vinegar and rinse with it too. So that's what I did the next time and it was glorious!! They actually felt clean and dried in half a day!! I also didn't get the itchy wash me scalp for 3 weeks!! Prior to my discovery I had to wash about once a week.

So I'm sure it's a known thing but wanted to write about it in case someone didn't know. I see someone mentioned apple cider vinegar.... what would be the difference?

I haven't tightened separated waxed taken care of fly aways since June I think. One of these nights instead of being on the computer I need to just get it done!!
10-24-2008 08:55 AM
MoonStarFalling Welcome Betnybaby! I see someone started a new dread thread
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=980239
10-23-2008 10:43 PM
Betnybaby Hi I just found this thread. I've had dreads for 8 months now and I love them most of the time. I do wax mine occasionally with bees wax (or i make my husband do it) and wash them just with shampoo every month or so. Have been having a bit of trouble with dandruff recently so will have to try rinsing with apple cider vinegar after i wash them.
Nice to find you guys and see all the photos
10-13-2008 06:32 PM
Moonprysm
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Originally Posted by MoonStarFalling View Post
I love soap nuts. I'll look for the thread.

Nice pic majikfaerie. The scenery is wonderful.

I have been asking DH to do some maintenance/backcombing on the back of my head for weeks now I think. Seems we never have the time to sit and do it. I have lots of hair back there that isn't dreading up on its own.

Have I mentioned how much I adore my hair now?
Haha it always takes FOREVER for DH to work on mine. I've been asking him to tie the roots for over a week now. It doesn't help that we're moving on Saturday, so really he hasn't had the time. But my pregnancy dreads are just growing SOOO fast that the roots really need to be tied. Bah.
10-13-2008 02:42 PM
MoonStarFalling I love soap nuts. I'll look for the thread.

Nice pic majikfaerie. The scenery is wonderful.

I have been asking DH to do some maintenance/backcombing on the back of my head for weeks now I think. Seems we never have the time to sit and do it. I have lots of hair back there that isn't dreading up on its own.

Have I mentioned how much I adore my hair now?
10-13-2008 10:05 AM
kriket Oh! I love it! that big fatty one is my fav.

Also, I've been on the soap nut thread, has anyone used them?
10-13-2008 07:56 AM
majikfaerie here's a pic from yesterday. me and dd from the back, and my sis
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3034/...66776a88ba.jpg
10-08-2008 11:05 AM
Nemesis When I tied my DDs roots, it really helped to keep her dreads separated. I could, at least, tell if I was separating them correctly! Hers tended to mat up next to her scalp a lot. Now, it's a lot easier and I've taken most of the strings out.
10-07-2008 11:32 PM
Moonprysm
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Originally Posted by appalachia View Post
Okay, I decided to go for it! I quit brushing my hair a week and a half ago, and have done some back combing and palm rolling. I had about 2/3 of it in loose dreads, and then washed it, and a bunch of it came loose. Now it's really fuzzy, and the back and undersides are matted something awful, but it is hard to find the time to maintain. should I tie the locks off at the scalp? Please enourage me to stick with it!
Tieing off at the scalp can help at least keep them in sections if you don't have time to do a lot of twisting/ripping. I'm actually about to tie mine soon (and my dreads are over a year old) because they're growing so quickly due to pregnancy that the roots aren't having time to dread. It's definitely a journey, and one worth sticking with.
10-07-2008 11:22 PM
aihcalappa Okay, I decided to go for it! I quit brushing my hair a week and a half ago, and have done some back combing and palm rolling. I had about 2/3 of it in loose dreads, and then washed it, and a bunch of it came loose. Now it's really fuzzy, and the back and undersides are matted something awful, but it is hard to find the time to maintain. should I tie the locks off at the scalp? Please enourage me to stick with it!
10-07-2008 08:48 PM
RedAnt
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Originally Posted by OrganicSister View Post
Okay I need solutions. The no-poo routine definitely took care of the soapy feel I was dealing with, but now I'm dealing with excessive oil production from early pregnancy hormones. My scalp is SO oily! Is my only option to wash more (I'm washing once a week now) or switching back to Dr B's bar soap (I had trouble with liquid not bar).

Any suggestions? I feel like a grease ball (face, neck and chest too). :
My suggestion is to wash if your hair and skin is oily. It might calm down some after a while as majikfaerie said, but after 11 months I still wash a bit more than I did when no-pooing with combed hair. If your hair and skin are oily then your pores can clog and your hair will be too oily to knot. I tried to go longer without washing at first, but I got a couple of pimple on my scalp. It can help your dreads tighten to wash them more.

I wash my scalp with baking soda 2-3 times per week. It does loosen the hair that isn't very knotty, but it tightens the sections that are dreading. It's a (sometimes long) process to cultivate dreadlocks. Mine still have a long way to go.
10-07-2008 11:31 AM
Nemesis Blucactus, wow! I think your hair looks great! I'll be looking forward to pics when you're done "tidying".

The fleece headscarf:

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...a/IMG_8606.jpg
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...a/IMG_8609.jpg

My hair at 1 week... looking less dready than it did!
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/c...a/IMG_8613.jpg
10-07-2008 10:20 AM
MoonStarFalling Nemesis...I swam a while back. The chlorine smell stuck in my hair something terrible. Def wash it well immediately after you swim. Need to see pic of your headscarf! I'm currently knitting one from some novelty yarn. My dreads aren't big enough to wear a full head wrap yet. They are plumping up though.

OrganicSister..I say wash more often with no poo. California baby or dr b would be fine too though if you want to rotate. CB leaves my hair a little too conditioned so I think using it full time wouldn't be good.

Blucactus..I think your dreads look great. Palm rolling helps....which reminds me that I should do some maintenance on my own hair lol.
10-07-2008 05:09 AM
majikfaerie lookin good bluecactus!

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Originally Posted by OrganicSister View Post
Okay I need solutions. The no-poo routine definitely took care of the soapy feel I was dealing with, but now I'm dealing with excessive oil production from early pregnancy hormones. My scalp is SO oily! Is my only option to wash more (I'm washing once a week now) or switching back to Dr B's bar soap (I had trouble with liquid not bar).

Any suggestions? I feel like a grease ball (face, neck and chest too). :
how long have you been no-poo-ing? it can take up to 6 weeks for your hair's oil production to settle down...
10-06-2008 11:27 PM
Blucactus Okay, I'm going to be all nice and share pics. I am still not feeling great about how they look, with the mix of dreads/braids/curls/mats, but here goes::

from the front::

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u...ofDSC01174.jpg

from the back (that stuff I am holding is the three huge mats I mentioned earlier in the thread...Really they were two at the root, so I ripped them into three at the root. Have yet to tidy them beyond that. Looking fwd to tidying up the rest of the guys & posting pics again soon when *everything* is in its own dreadie at least...)

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u...ofDSC01166.jpg
10-06-2008 11:17 PM
Blucactus
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Today I made a fleece headscarf! I wish my hair looked more like I had dreads, though. It just looks.. messy. I still have not washed. I was thinking of swimming some laps tomorrow in the gym pool, and then showering after that. Someone mentioned that chlorine really helped knot up their hair..?
Ooh, picture??
10-06-2008 11:17 PM
Blucactus
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Originally Posted by OrganicSister View Post
Okay I need solutions. The no-poo routine definitely took care of the soapy feel I was dealing with, but now I'm dealing with excessive oil production from early pregnancy hormones. My scalp is SO oily! Is my only option to wash more (I'm washing once a week now) or switching back to Dr B's bar soap (I had trouble with liquid not bar).

Any suggestions? I feel like a grease ball (face, neck and chest too). :
What about a gentle shampoo like, say, California baby's sensitive body/hair wash? I am alternating with that and Dr B's bc Dr B's is causing some buildup...I wash once a week...My hair feels tighter on the weeks with Dr B's, and cleaner longer the weeks with Cali baby...but the Cali baby is def. not harming them. I was getting pretty good (clean, hair dreading together well) results from a regular (no conditioner) herbal essences shampoo I had around, but I was just using it up so I didn't investigate if it was the 'best' thing to be using. Hmm. Just the thoughts off the top of my head.
10-06-2008 11:07 PM
OrganicSister Okay I need solutions. The no-poo routine definitely took care of the soapy feel I was dealing with, but now I'm dealing with excessive oil production from early pregnancy hormones. My scalp is SO oily! Is my only option to wash more (I'm washing once a week now) or switching back to Dr B's bar soap (I had trouble with liquid not bar).

Any suggestions? I feel like a grease ball (face, neck and chest too). :
10-06-2008 03:51 PM
Nemesis Today I made a fleece headscarf! I wish my hair looked more like I had dreads, though. It just looks.. messy. I still have not washed. I was thinking of swimming some laps tomorrow in the gym pool, and then showering after that. Someone mentioned that chlorine really helped knot up their hair..?
10-06-2008 02:50 PM
Buddhamom majikfaerie, I love your hair. I can only hope mine gets that long. I can't wait to be able to wrap it around my head.
10-05-2008 07:28 AM
majikfaerie happy anniversary!
10-04-2008 07:12 PM
Nemesis Blucactus, we need pics!

Today is my 1 week dreadaversary! My hair is fuzzy, frizzy, and only marginally dreaded. I feel okay about it, though.

10-04-2008 04:03 PM
Blucactus Lovely pics, ladies.
I thought I'd come on here & post when I WASN'T feeling frustrated and hopeless about my hair, haha. The good news is, it seems my hair is ripe for dreading & very eager to help dread itself. The bad news is since DH last had a block of time to help separate at the top/front of my head, all the unseparated hair had clumped into three huge dreads. So we are working on ripping it apart into something more flattering. I guess I should be thankful that my hair is so smart it knows exactly what to do! LOL. Working on tidying up the existig ones in the back this afternoon while I wait for DH to get home & work on the top...
10-03-2008 01:14 PM
Nemesis majikfaerie, your hair looks so beautiful!

I think I am going to try that vinegar spray today, OrganicSister! My head is pretty itchy off and on. Not so bad when I am really busy, though.

Today my hair is wacky and fluffy. Yesterday it looked like it was calming down a bit, but I was tricked!
Today I am making up for my lack of nice looking hair by wearing glittery stripey tights.

My DD is really loving my dreads so far. She is so proud of me! lol She's even offered to help me separate them, although I'm sure that's more for revenge than assistance!
10-03-2008 11:05 AM
majikfaerie I tried to take a pic of the back of my hair in a bun... not too successful, but here you go
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3041/...e1f811a443.jpg
10-02-2008 12:32 PM
OrganicSister Nemesis: looking great! My bangs wouldn't stay in their dreads. They fell out and now are growing long enough to put behind my ears. I'm trying to keep them pushed back on my head though so they will hopefully find their way back in. No pros or cons really.

The best thing I did for my itchies was a bit of water, a bit of apple cider vinegar and some rosemary essential oil. REALLY helped!
10-02-2008 12:17 PM
Nemesis Turnipmama, I have a bunch at the base of my head that won't dread, also. I think because we started at the front, everybody's arms were tired by the time we got to the back. I am thinking of asking DH to backcomb them again, they are just loose.

I fiddled with the front hair a bit yesterday... I don't have "bangs" really, but I loosened up some more hair so don't look so... pulled back, I guess. I am much more pleased with it now, even though it was a small change.

Still no washing, but man! My head is getting itchy!
10-01-2008 10:45 PM
turnipmama
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Today is Day 4! I think they are looking great in the back, the front is a whole other story!
Ha! I am having the opposite problem. The front looks great but I have some really stubborn long hair at the base of my skull that is refusing to dread...sigh...takes time takes time. All the pictures are awesome!!!
10-01-2008 03:46 PM
lightheart thanks folks for posting picts... keep posting!

...debate debate debate going on inside my head....
10-01-2008 10:39 AM
majikfaerie ime it can take a while for the fluffies to really settle in. they look good though
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