it's been...i don't know, a year or more since my last deep clean? i've been putting it off because i didn't want to strip out the red i've had in recent months. that odd, not necessarily bad or mildew-y, but kind of stale smell was happening to my hair, though. it takes way longer to dry through the cold months, especially with the length i've acquired, & i've dyed in about a million times. so, it was definitely time to get all the funk out :D
soaking water before:
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keeping with my general laziness with my hair, i'm pretty low maintenance about deep cleans. once every six months, or a year, or whenever they start to smell or feel odd; a vague recipe; a vague time frame. but it more or less goes like this:
my deep cleans consist of a bowl of hothothot water, some baking soda (i just shake in maybe half a small box...i guess a cup or two), & then splash a little lemon juice to make it fizz. i've never noticed tea tree oil making a difference, & more than a tablespoon-ish of lemon juice makes it really sticky. i don't get it on my scalp as much as possible, because it dries it out badly & makes me itch. i basically put the bowl in my sink & lean over it, smooshing my hair through the water for 10-20 minutes or until whenever i get bored. then i squeeze out the excess drippies, wrap my head in a towel (sometimes a plastic bag & then a towel), & then let it sit on my head for maybe a half hour while i go play with the cat or teh internets or a video game. then i hop in the bunny like a shower, & rinserinserinse. i shampoo like normal (suave daily clarifying or herbal essences drama clean), then use a mild conditioner (usually herbal essences yoinked from some other family member) on my loose bangs & the ends of my dreads so they don't get crunchy. i don't let the conditioner sit on the dreads, though. i apply it under the water spray, so it's washing out almost as fast as i put it in.
so...yep. deep cleans. they are gross & awesome. if your dreads are more than a year old, i highly recommend doing one. even the cleanest, un-dyed dreads ooze out some weird stuff when soaked in baking soda. & now my hair smells like...just hair. which is lovely :D