This baking soda (BS) soak/apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse is one of the best ways to deep clean your locks periodically. We usually recommend doing it at least twice a year to get your locks good and clean and remove whatever your regular shampoo may by leaving behind!
1/2 – 3/4 cup baking soda
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 20 drops teatree essential oil
40 drops rosemary essential oil
- 40 drops lavender essential oil
- Basin (can be done in a sink, bucket, dishpan, etc.)
Place baking soda, 10 drops of tea tree oil, 20 drops of rosemary essential oil, and 20 drops of lavender essential oil into a basin so that the dreadlocks can be completely submerged in the solution.
Fill basin with water until its about 2/3-3/4 full, using your hand to break up any clumps in the bottom of the pitcher/sink/bucket.
Once solution is smooth and clumpless, fill the basin the rest of the way until full.
Pour mixture over head (scrub only if desired) OR dunk your locks into the basin and let soak 10-30 minutes.
- Pour ACV into same basin.
- Add 10 drops of tea tree oil, 20 drops of rosemary essential oil, 20 drops of lavender essential oil, and water until full.
- Let soak 3-5 minutes.
- Rinse well.
Other optional ingredients you may want to add:
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice (cuts residue and roughens the hair surface)
- Thyme essential oil (regulates oil production of the scalp)
(NOTE: Amounts may need to be adjusted depending on the size of the basin you use. Use smaller amounts for a dishpan or bucket [10 – 15] and more for a sink .)
(This recipe adapted from http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/super-clean-dreads-safe-for#axzz0qtO7AC3d)
Note that we do NOT recommend using this as a regular shampoo as it can cause the hair to become dry and brittle; therefore more prone to breakage in time.