When I started my dreadlock journey, I joined a couple of Facebook groups. Many of the ladies and gentlemen in those groups are hippie-types: using all-natural products, green, intelligent, and in love with the earth. I have always associated dreadlocks with those types of people. And I have always been that person deep inside, but it is hard to be green and natural in such a technology-based, fast-paced, I-want-it-now type of culture. However immersing myself in such a love-soaked community has really started to bring my inner hippie out! And in turn, I have started researching alternative ways of running my home. I am slowly but surely finding my way. (THANK YOU, all you awesome new friends!)
I am no longer using store-bought shampoo and conditioner; I am using 1 tbsp of baking soda per 8 oz of water mix to wash my hair, and the same dilution of lemon juice to condition – the “no-poo” method. It works perfectly! And starting as soon as we run out of our store-bought products, I will be making our own laundry soap, body soap, toothpaste, and dish soap. I am going to do my best to find other natural homemade products as well. I will share those recipes here on my blog for my own safe-keeping (with credit, of course).
Oh, and I brushed out those big, wax-soaked “dreadlocks.” I am using no-poo for a few weeks, and then I will start with smaller, more natural twist-and-rip dreads and let them go from there. I’ll post pictures and updates again once I get started.