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Old 03-14-2009, 09:07 PM   #1
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Dreadlock Mold Help?
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I just joined this site so I could try to get some help with my dreadlocks. Ive had my dreads for about 6 months now and I am loving them. I noticed the other day that in a lot of them there is some kind of greyish substance in the near the roots. When I squish it in my fingers and then rub my fingers together it feels kinda greasy I guess. Im not sure if its mold or something else. I can really tell if it smells or im paranoid and think it smells. I have never used wax of anykind I dreaded using the backcombing method and thats it. I was reading through the site about how to get rid of dreadlock mold but a lot of it had to do with wax. Ive tried scrubbing this stuff out but had no luck. Ive heard stuff like tea-tree oil, ACV, and orange oil may work but im not sure what to use/measurements, plus I dont know whats in my hair. I think i need to dry them better. I do wear a tam from time to time but I almost always have them tied back and wear a bandana over top. Sometimes I sweat a lot and it get trapped under the bandana...could that be the cause? I did find a link to some kind of Deep Cleansing Concoction but the link didnt work. Can anybody help??????



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Old 03-14-2009, 09:09 PM   #2
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I'm sorry, I have no idea how to help you, but I just wanted to comment on that dog; FUCKING AWESOME!
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Old 03-14-2009, 09:29 PM   #3
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i could easily just be buildup of residue, scalp oils, dirt, etc.
if its mold, you will be able to smell it. it will not smell good.
see if a deep clean will get rid of it. i dont know where the link is but i dont measure when i do it anyway:
big bowl or bucket or sink of warm water
3/4-1cup of baking soda
couple squirts or tablespoons of lemon juice
couple teaspoons of sea salt
several drops of tea tree oil

mix it up and soak your dreads and scalp in it. wrap your hair in a towel for 1/2 hour. it might tingle your scalp but dont worry about it.
rinse really damn well.

that always gets everything out of my hair.

i cant say wether you have mold or not without seeing/smelling it but i rather doubt you do. my guess is residue, oil and dirt buildup. in which case you might want to re-evaluate your shampoo and how you wash.
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Old 03-14-2009, 09:32 PM   #4
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Mould & Mildew remedies:

Dry your dreads in the sun as often as possible.

Add 1 cup of thyme to 1 quart of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and let it cool. Use as a rinse/soak for your dreads.

Mix 1/4 cup water with 1/2 cup white vinegar and a few drops of tea tree and lavender essential oils in a spray bottle. Spray on your dreads-do not rinse out! The vinegar smell will dissappear as it evaporates.

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Old 03-14-2009, 10:40 PM   #5
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ALL folks with locks are in danger of mold because of how long it takes our hair to dry.....it is just not the folks who used wax..another one of the eagles scare tactics.
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Old 03-14-2009, 10:42 PM   #6
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ALL folks with locks are in danger of mold because of how long it takes our hair to dry.....it is just not the folks who used wax..another one of the eagles scare tactics.
quoted for truth.
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Old 03-15-2009, 12:40 AM   #7
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I'd be surprised if you have mould after six months. If you're sure it is though I've heard rubbing alcohol is also good. This is not sth. I've tried btw, just read online. Just a matter of interest, how often have you been washing your hair, and what with? If you're washing it too often, maybe it's not getting chance to dry out properly?
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Old 03-15-2009, 12:56 AM   #8
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Callie4Strings and SethHasDreads I apologize if I offended you with the wax comment. Ive just always been told that by using wax you are more prone to getting mold then not using wax. And thanks for all of the help everybody Im gonna try it out tomorrow.



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Old 03-15-2009, 12:58 AM   #9
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If it smells like mold, its mold. What kind of soap do you use?
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