So, I just finished a dread deep cleanse of my 2.5 year old dreads! For those of you new to this, these are recommended to be done 3-4 times a year to keep your dreads clean, light, and mold/bacteria/build-up free. Baking soda is extremely alkaline, and is able to cleanse and penetrate your locks and scalp. It absorbs oils and old residues from shampoos and soaps really effectively. After the baking soda soak, it is vital to rinse with apple cider vinegar because it brings your scalp back to a normal PH. ACV also kills bacteria and fungus, softens the locks, and stimulates hair growth.
I am going to show you guys my cleanse and you can see what comes out of my hair! The last cleanse I did was about 5 months ago. On top of that, a few days ago I got this oil treatment on my hair for school and it SOAKED my dreads in thick oil. I really wanted to see how successful this cleanse would be at getting the oil and other fun stuff out of my locks. Haha.
As I walk you through my cleanse, I will explain how to do it yourself at home! The main things you will need are baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Its easiest if you can also get an inflatable sink off Amazon to comfortably soak your dreadlocks. You also want plenty of towels and warm water around. You can find the sink I use here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/ideas/amzn1.account.AHOSZOJZF62RCQAPWDT4EVBYCYFQ/35GNIV5T1H4N9
Step 1: Set up comfortably. I recommend getting second pair of hands to help you do this. Put your sink down in comfortable area and lay towels under and around it. I filled a bucket with hot water to make it easier to transport.
Step 2 - Fill your sink half way with warm water and add in about 1/4 box of baking soda. Mix it in with your hand.
Step 3 - Make sure you lay down in a comfortable position. Set a timer from 15-20 min NO LONGER. Baking soda is harsh on your hair. Soak for 15-20 minutes and make sure as much of your scalp/locks are underwater as possible during the soak.
Step 4 - When the timer goes off, lift your head up and squeeze out your locks. The water will be really dirty but its an awesome feeling to know thats out of your head now! Cover your head with a towel.
Step 5 - Rinse your head at least twice with clean water to make sure all the baking soda is out. You can do this in the sink but its even easier to do it in the shower. Just make sure to bring your ACV bottle in the shower once you go in.
Step 6 - Get ready to rinse with ACV. Have a timer ready for 3-5 min MAX. Pour ACV over all your scalp (it should only take about half cup) and work in down your dreads. finger and squeeze your hair to work it in.
Step 7 - When your time is done, rinse the ACV right out really well. I recommend rinsing your head a few times and really squeezing out your locks many times to get it all out. And voila - you're done!
Enjoy your fresh scalp! Your head will feel glorious after this. It feels like your scalp can breathe again and it is seriously such a good feeling. The cleanse worked pretty well at removing most of the thick oil from my locks, but some was left over. I should have shampooed my hair thoroughly before doing this cleanse. But otherwise, my locks are so much lighter and softer throughout and my scalp is so clean and happy. I hope this article and video was useful for you! Let me know in the comments below what your experience has been with your locks and this cleanse.
Blessings on your path,