THE DREAD LIFE
Dreads at the beach and Sand in your Toes (and elsewhere!)
Nature is a calling for so many of us, who are looking to experience a more connected, grounded reality. On the Island, we have a ridiculous abundance of rivers, lakes, forests, streams, trails and beaches. Ahhh beaches. Beaches boast a myriad of pleasures and textures that leave us feeling invigorated, refreshed, and renewed – and that can be beneficial for your life but not so fantastic for your dreads.
Take the ocean water for instance. Those hot days that beckon you into the gently rolling waves are perfect for giving a kick start to maturing dreads. Salt tightens and binds your locks, so unleashing your inner child and frolicking in the sea is not only inspiring for the soul, but it acts like a power maintenance session, nature style. You don’t have to swim for long if you find you get a bit nippy in our Pacific Ocean, even a quick dunk will help the cause.
After your dip, you will likely take your wet dreads and relax on a towel. Grains of sand everywhere – and your beautiful flowing locks are soon to be covered. Not exactly what you were going for. You can shake out 75% with a vigorous head sway or two, but eventually you are going to want to release those clinging sand bits from your scalp and areas where you may have tied threads, or have dangly items that get clogged up. Luckily, since nature provides so abundantly, there is a really easy soak recipe using natural ingredients, that will help gently ease the beach remnants from your locks, and leave your scalp tingling!
1/2 – 3/4 cup baking soda
2 Tbs apple Cider Vinegar
20 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
20 Drops Peppermint (or other essential oil of choice)
Vessel – Bucket, sink, bowl etc.
Whip together the mixture (ratio is for a bucket worth of water, adjust accordingly), and soak your locks in it for up to 40 mins. Even 15 minutes will feel great if that’s all you can manage. Give yourself the world’s most satisfying head massage, and then just gently lift and drop your dreads in the bowl a few times. It’s ideal if you can fandangle an arrangement where your head and neck can relax fully, and you can close your eyes, watch the thoughts come and go, and feel the tingle of the soak working it’s magic on your locks. When done soaking, rinse your dreads thoroughly and towel dry.
Enjoy the feeling of a squeaky clean, tightened from the sea, free nature maintenance session! Feel free to explore the recipe and switch in and out different essential oil blends. Peppermint will really get your scalp tingling, and other scents like Rose and Vanilla can add a nice fragrant twist on the dread soak experience. It is recommended that you do the soak at least twice a year to ensure that your wild outdoor adventures don’t leave your dreads sporting residue, particles and sand or dirt. Now you have an excuse to stop reading and get to the beach!