November 26th, 2008

A Light Deep Clean

If you haven't tried a baking soda rinse then you really should.

Someone here posted a deep cleaning ritual that they perform every so often (Thanks!) and at the time I just locked it into my mind trying to think where I'd get apple vinegar. One day I was sitting at home and was becoming sick of the fact that my hair smelled odd even though I was washing it frequently enough. I decided to just try the baking soda and see what happens. I felt that if I needed something more ( apple vinegar ) than I'd just do that part later. I pulled out my bucket and dipped my head in for about 5-10 minutes. I didn't remember how much baking soda to add to the I added quite a bit.

I was shocked!!!  In the first dip dirt just pored out my head and into the solution in the bucket. This expalined the smell. My hair was very very very dirty. It seems the shampoo I was using Jamaican Mango & Lime was so gentle that it didn't clean. I switched to some brand I can't remember from Trader Joe's and just made sure I rinshed all of it out.

My hair is wonderfully clean and it doesn't smell anymore. Besides the light oil I put on my scalp. Yum.

And here is an update.....they are getting longer! They are a almost a year and a half. The color is fading though and I'd love to do something really intense.

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Henna + Vegetable Dye??

My hair is a faded dyed black with light brown roots, and I'd really like to dye it. My idea was to use a SFX color on the natural parts, and use henna on the dyed bits. I already bought henna from a Indian grocer.

My question is... does anyone have any suggestions on which process I should do first? Or is this a terrible idea altogether?

I'm pretty inexperienced with dying my own hair, I've only done it a few times. I've read all the memories on henna and lishd's guide to dying/bleaching. But any additional suggestions would be super appreciated.

This is what my hair looks like now:


Edit: They're 7 1/2 months btw. And I'm the girl.

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7th generation dish soap

I just tried washing with 7th generation (natural) dishsoap today, and it worked quite well, and left no perfumey smell like some shampoos do. What was really interesting, though, was the bottle. I learned that most dish soaps have petroleum in them! I'll never put regular dish soap in my hair now. And, if we all switched to veggie soaps like 7th gen, we'd save a butt load of oil as a country. Just an interesting thought. If y'all want dread VIDEOS, you can check out my you tube. I've been blogging all month for National Blog Posters Month (NaBloPoMo), and my dreads are there everyday (except today's video...I had just washed.) Cheers.
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Rubberbands and loose hairs... help me please! :(

First of all, I HAVE READ ALL OF THE POSTS IN THE MEMORIES.  :D  So please do not attack me!  I know rubber bands are evil and suck and you should never even think about CONSIDERING rubber bands... but still.

My dreads are nearly 8 months old, and they're fairly well formed.  I have a few weak spots and other issues that come with and will be solved with time, but one really annoying issue is how much loose hair I have.  I was wondering - if I palmroll the loose hair with a nearby dread, then wrap a rubber band around the dread (not all in one place, but more in a criss-cross pattern down the length of the dread), and leave it for a day or two, not forever... would that help the loose hairs be sucked in?  Do you think the rubber bands would be sucked in if they were only on for a couple of days?  Is this a terrible idea?  :D

What are some other ways I can help the loose hairs get knotted up?  I know time will take care of it, but they're in such annoying places and stick up all funny and I don't like them.  :(  Help me!

PS - wasn't there a girl in here who put a drop of superglue on her roots or something?  Did that work out, or was it a bad idea as well?  :D
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