What goes up, must come down (sl1ngsh0t) wrote in get_up_dread_up,
What goes up, must come down

deep cleaning for long dreads-I'm doing it right?

So today I took my hair down and got a whiff of something musty/sweaty/unusual/idk. I just washed a few days ago, maybe something isn't dry inside, thought everything feels dry, but I remember hearing that any dreads that smell need a deep clean. This is just a weird smell, too. I keep thinking, Mildew though I don't see anything weird... it's a sweat and mildew combo or something and I catch the odour at the roots moreso than at the ends. At any rate, I'm deep cleaning tomorrow but want to run things through:


Large bowl of warm water
3/4 c of baking soda
20 drops of tea tree oil
4T of lemon juice
2T of salt
Stir until all is well dissolved
Dunk all dreads in until completely saturated, then wrap in a plastic bag to keep the mixture in and let sit for 1/2 hour to 1 hour

Since I have a lot of (long) dreads, should I adjust the recipe for gallons (since something like a mop bucket is what I'll hafta use), I let my dreads soak everything up, wrap them in a bag and sit for an hour or so (as the memories suggest)? I'm looking for those with long dreads to assure me this is the practical way to accomplish this. Why I'm not seeing this process right, idk.

Thank yooooou!
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