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    Can someone please help me? I just washed my hair w/Jamaican Shampoo and the conditioner. After towel drying my hair, I noticed that all of my roots and the sections of my locs connected to my roots are all covered in white, oily residue. Lately, I have been spraying my locs w/ORS Nature's shine daily and every other day, I would spritz my hair. I tried to do the cider vinegar rinse, but this stuff is still stuck in my locs. My mother in-law is now trying to rub this stuff out with a towel. Please send me a reply ASAP.

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    I think that only thing that you can do is maybe use a clarifying shampoo and keep rinsing. Also, are your locs ready for conditioner? If the conditioner is thick I'd stay away from it.

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    i am not familiar w/ the shampoo you used, but have you tried a clarifying poo ie: vo5 or dr. bronners? those may rid the residue. i hope this helps..

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    Follow this link to naani.com and see if any of their info helps you.

    http://www.naani.com/how_do_i_remove_produ...___build_up.htm

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    I got rid of some stubborn build up with Pantene clarifying shampoo.

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    I used a black soap shampoo...got out all the residue

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    i am not familiar w/ the shampoo you used, but...

    Hi Catchat79,

    I used the Jamaican Mango & Lime Tingle Shampoo and Protein conditioner. I will try using clarifying shampoos from now on. Thank you

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    I think that only thing that you can do is...

    Hi apocryphal506,

    How will I know when to start using conditioners? My locs are a year old now. When I just use shampoo my locs feel really dry. What's your routine? What should I use for my hair not to feel so dry?

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    Hi Ladies,

    Thank you so much for your responses. I have truly learned my lesson today. If you can send me some more information, like routines and products used on locs after shampooing, it would be greatly appreciated.

    My locs are a little better now after a long process of shampooing and rinsing. When I saw my hair, I was ready to cut them off and start over. They looked terrible. It was truly a scary site to see _eek13:

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    Can someone please help me?* I just washed my hair...

    It is best NOT to use products that cause buildup in your locs such as harsh ingredients, wax, plant butters. Mia Simone's Boutique has all natural products for washing, moisturizing and maintaining healthy locs without the buildup. Go to http://www.miasb.com

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    Hi apocryphal506,How will I know when to start using...

    I think that at a year you should be fine using conditioners but like Mia said it's more the ingredients that you should be concerned about. Things that can help with dry locs from shampooing is diluting the shampoo. I usually do half water to half shampoo. As far as putting the moisture back into your locs after washing, well what does your locs like? Oils or no oils? I don't use anything after washing because my locs are still moisturized. I do clarify on a regular though and this helps because they get dryer more easily if I don't clarify. What products do you use now?

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    I think that at a year you should be fine...

    I've usually use the Dr. Bonners Tea Tree oil shampoo and occasionally the other stuff I mentioned earlier. Every other night I would oil my scalp w/almond oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil with EO and sometimes I would oil my scalp and hair with Wild Hair Oil. I've also used Castor oil on my hair. When I was retwisting my roots, I use Noree_dolls: Karmic Earth butter. I don't use wax, petroleum based products in my hair because they say it causes build up.

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    It is best NOT to use products that cause buildup...

    Thanks WeetebitleapsI, I will give it a try and let you know how I make out.

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    I've usually use the Dr. Bonners Tea Tree oil shampoo...

    My suggestions: 1) Cut back on the oil. It sounds like you're using too much. 2) Use a detergent based shampoo every few weeks. Some people use clarifying shampoos but you don't need to see the word "clarifying" on the label for a shampoo to get the job done. Castille soap usually does not cut through high oil concentrations well. Putting new oil on top of old oil and scalp sebum that wasn't washed out completely is what creates the buildup.

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    IA with EthanlanesmomU - you are using a LOT of oil. Do the oils leave your locs feeling moisturized are you just using them on your hair and scalp out of habit? I would definitely clarify if I were you. Try an acv rinse. I do this twice a month (4 cups of water to 1 ounce of acv) and use a clarifying shampoo about once every six weeks. I can tell the difference when I do this and I don't even use any products other than a water spritz with some e.o.'s.

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    My suggestions: 1) Cut back on the oil. It sounds...

    Hi EthanlanesmomU,
    If I cut back on oiling my scalp, what should I use an itchy, dry scalp. Especially in the middle of my head.

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    IA with EthanlanesmomU - you are using a LOT of...

    Hi apocryphal506,

    I think I am doing all of this out of habit. The oils don't make my hair feel moisterized, it just gives it a shine. My hair is lacking moisture, but I don't have a clue on what to use to hydrate them. If I don't have my hands in my hair, I feel like I'm not taking care of it. When I don't put oil on my scalp, my scalp feels really itchy. Will the water spritz and EO help? Especially tea tree oil or rosemary?

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    Hi apocryphal506,I think I am doing all of this...

    The number one thing to use to hydrate is water. Sounds like your locs may need more water and your scalp needs a little oil. What about trying a spritz with water, rosemary & lavendar e.o.'s and a drop of your jojoba oil. You can use a little jojoba oil on those spots that are itchy if needed. I mix tea tree and peppermint in a separate spray bottle and spray on my scalp ONLY when my scalp is itchy because it can be a little drying and don't want it on my locs. I rinse my locs every day and this is a necessity or they get dry but I don't have to use any other products because rinsing keeps them hydrated, you may want to consider it.

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    The number one thing to use to hydrate is water.*...

    I'm loving the advice. Will try it ointlaugh: Thank you

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    Do a search in the loc forum on prolonged rinsing... it works well to hydrate your locs. Like someone mentioned, it sounds like your locs need more water. I rinse mine every day and wash twice a week at least (Sunday, Wednesday). Water is your best friend when you have locs... so don't be afraid to wet your hair. As for oils, I think you should be using just a small quantity for your itchy scalp...I use olive oil, jojoba oil and castor oil. Not all at the same time, and I make sure my hair is clean before changing/adding oil(Wednesday). Also you may want to deep condition your hair once in a while, this will restore the moisture you are desperately seeking. I deep condition once a week (Sunday): I mix all three oils I mentioned earlier, spread throughout my locs and scalp, cover with a plastic bag for 30-60 minutes and shampoo as usual. After that I don't really need to add oil to my hair. Right now as a shampoo,I'm using black soap and once in a while I will use a clarifying shampoo. Before I ran out of it I was using Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Soap...I find it to be the best shampoo for locs (but that's just me). Sorry for the long post, but I hope it helped. You can always PM me if you need more info on my routine. Good luck!

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    Do a search in the loc forum on prolonged rinsing......

    Hi NoellenichelleN,

    Thanks for sending me your routine. I will add all of this information into my loc journal. Where can I find black soap and how do you use it? What does PM mean?

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    Do a search in the loc forum on prolonged rinsing......

    Also, do you have an album online? I don't know what to look for on your homepage: catburglaz.

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    Unfortunately, I do not have an online album...

    As for PM, it stands for Personal Message (on the left, under the avatar next to "card")

    I bought my black soap on ebay, because I could not find any in Montreal.

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