Natural Hair and Scalp Maintenance Tips

Step One

Always start off by washing your hair with a non residue building shampoo. I know that for long dreadlocks you can easily use a bottle of shampoo in one wash. A more cost-effective way, if you need that lather, would be castle soap. It’s pure soap and doesn’t have any “crap” in it. There are also bar soaps and shampoos by Knotty Boy that work great.

Work on your scalp by massaging it with your finger tips not your nails. Let the water and lather run down the hair to the ends.

OR

A apple cider vinegar rinse get rid of dirt and debris just as good as shampoo and is very cleansing,

  • Combine 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water and an applicator bottle,
  • Saturate the hair, let sit for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse.
  • Now, I know you don’t want to smell like vinegar,so  you can then shampoo with a tea tree shampoo or spray it down with a conditioning spray or the “salt water” mix.

Step Two

Then towel dry your hair to the point of not dripping. You can apply 100% coconut oil and/or Shea butter straight to the scalp and then apply to the dreadlocks in sections to make sure all the hair is covered. Don’t use too much, just enough to keep the dryness and brittleness away and not too much to create build up.

You can make a similar mixture of all the good stuff and apply that to your hair. Here is an example of such a mixture; you can tweak it however you want:

Nunu Dreadlock Butter

100% raw Shea Butter

100% coconut oil

Castor oil or  honey (I prefer the honey)

Jojoba oil or Almond or Apricot oil

Drops of tea tree essential oil (or your preference)

Method

Melt the shea and coconut oil slowly on a stove top (over steam) or at 10-second increments in the microwave and mix well. Then add the rest and mix well. Let it cool down a bit. Apply to the scalp and shimmy it into your dreadlocks in sections. Once again, a little goes a long way

All these ingredients are nourishing to your hair. The mixture melts when heated so it shouldn’t cause much build up, if any. Remember: start off with a little first and then adjust to your needs. You can use this butter after your shampoo and/or maintenance routine or whenever you feel you too dry for comfort.

Step Three

Let your hair dry as normal and remember to use a protective covering at night when sleeping or use a satin or silk pillow case.

Please feel free to comment and ask questions.

Harsh Chemicals VS Natural

I suggest using products that you understand most of the ingredients on the list. Mineral oil, petroleum base products is not your friend. They cover the hair shaft instead of penetrating it and not giving it the nutrients it needs. Coconut oil, Jojoba, castor oil, Shea butter, their molecules are  small enough to penetrate the shaft and feed your hair.

For curly hair, sodium laureth and sulfates does nothing for your hair other than giving the shampoo the lathering effect we have come to believe cleans our hair. Lets just stay away from anything that ends in “tate’ , it’s usually a chemical that will not be kind to your body and sneak up on you later along the line.

To find out what excactly is in your products and the effect it has on your body I suggest visiting http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/