So I have read most of the 149 pages but I am definitely not going to read them all... and well I started my dreads umm 4 months ago?? maybe less but not by much. and I can't seem to find a good way to clean my scalp because every once in a while my head itches just like everyone else (dreaded or not) and well i get this almost waxy kind of substance in my fingernail after scratching...not entirely sure what this stuff is but can anyone suggest anything to help me out plz. Oh, and also I'm wondering a good way to wash the dreads themselves without the knots slipping out because every time I was my dreads seem to get worse and I wash 1-2 times a week...depending on how dirty I feel... I also use a non-residue shampoo made by nutragena or w/e. but im not sure i trust it. anyone have any shampoo suggestions also?
much thanks to all
I get that stuff when I scratch, too. It's probably just a mix of dead skin cells and the natural oil your scalp produces. I have psoriasis so I wash twice a week with Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo http://www.giovannicosmetics.com/WLine/PROD_teatreeshampoo.php
... I get it at the grocery store in the natural section, it costs like 8 bucks a bottle but it lasts me about 6 months. Or I use Dr. Bronner's followed by Neutrogena T-Gel shampoo for the serious psoriasis flare-ups. I also use the Dr. Bronner's when I've been working in poison ivy to get rid of the oils from the plant. I've had good luck with the Nature's Gate shampoos, and the Suave "clarifying" one, but the Tea Tree Triple Treat just seems to give them the perfect amount of body and frizzes them up just enough to help them lock, but not so much that they look like they're surrounded by a brown frizz cloud.
Incidentally, I USED BEESWAX (from Dreadhead HQ, I think) and I had NO ISSUES with it. I was working at JCPenney so I needed to look presentable and the wax helped weight them down and tamed them a lot. Eventually it washed out, but while it was in there it helped grab all the loose hairs. I think if you use just a little so your hair is sticky, but not so much that it forms strings, then there is no problem. I know most of you are all down on the wax, but keep this in mind- if you use it, and you don't like what it's doing, IT WASHES OUT!!!!! Yeah, it takes a lot of shampoo and effort, but it does come out.
After six years, my dreads still start an inch out from my head, which I like because it makes them easier to control if I want to do something fun with them. Also, the ends are 1-3 inches of straight hair, they have never knotted up simply because I had fine, straight, healthy hair to start with.
That tuft at the back of the top of my head is from my cowlick... never seems to want to join the rest of the herd...