I've scoured the memories, and so far I've got this:
**For stubborn-to-dry locks, buy a bonnet attachment for a hair dryer
from a beauty supply.
**Vinegar, followed by baking soda rinse may help kill/clean out mildew.
**Sea salt spray may help inhibit future mildew growth.
Couldn't find it, but I also remember reading a post a long time ago that advocated the use of vodka for killing mildew and removing the smell, too. Specifically, I remember someone saying coffee vodka was all they had, that it worked like a charm, and they smelled like a latte for a few days after. ;p
The further advice I seek is this: my sweetheart's hair is locking up really nicely (4.5 months), but his under hair is curling up into tight little nightmarish balls of cute and suck. They look really nifty, but they hold moisture like crazy, waaaay longer than the rest of his hair, and they're the ones that smell like mildew.
If the mildew problem is setting in this early, we worry it will get out of hand as his locks mature more. Equally distressing is the fact that we live in a tent for most of the year, and access to power outlets (for hair dryers) is difficult at best, and impossible at worst. :/
Should we try cutting some of the hair and straightening out the little dreadballs?
Or just leave them be and see if the sea salt spray will do the trick?
Do you have further recommendations of mildew inhibitors we can apply to damp locks after a shower?
I suppose it's worth noting that we spend four months of hot weather in the terribly humid Finger Lakes and Hudson Valley regions of New York, and two months of early fall near equally hot and humid Houston, Texas. ( Collapse )