making dread wax

topic posted Tue, March 13, 2007 - 11:37 AM by  Blue
Does anyone have experience with this? I am working on getting short dreads to stay in, less than 8 inches, and I have used the yucky commercial wax...

I know I could buy knotty boy but its hard to get online orders so I want to make some...


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  • Re: making dread wax

    Wed, March 14, 2007 - 5:56 AM
    I used to make some using beeswax, vit.E, aloe and some essential oils. Pretty simple, yet effective.
    You want the consistency to be solid when it dries, but soft enough to emulsify when rubbed between your fingers.
    • Re: making dread wax

      Wed, March 14, 2007 - 9:54 AM
      thank you, did you heat the wax in a pyrex dish in the microwave to get it where you could work the other ingrediants in?
      • Re: making dread wax

        Thu, March 15, 2007 - 6:05 AM
        yes I did heat it...I think I did it on the stove though.

        good luck
        • Re: making dread wax

          Sat, April 28, 2007 - 9:55 PM
          it works great! I got some beeswax and picked out almond oil to soften it with, I shaved the beeswax melted it then add a little almond oil, if it is still too brittle I heat it again and add a little more...I make just enough for each week to keep it fresh.

          thanks so much!
          • Re: making dread wax

            Fri, May 4, 2007 - 9:01 AM
            Be careful using wax in your hair. It allows icky things to stick to your hair and makes em harder to keep clean. Try using aloe straight from the plant to tame the crazies. Wax also has a habit of traveling to the center of the dread and I have heard horror stories of the middle of dreads rotting out as a result. Just wanted to give you a heads up :)
            • Re: making dread wax

              Thu, May 10, 2007 - 4:07 PM
              thats why I am using beeswax, low melting point a very hot shower pretty much removes all the wax and I have super thin hair, so my dreads are no so thick as I cannot get all the wax out when I need to

              I wash my hair with soap once a week with really hot water and look at the dreads to make sure they are good and clean, then since I am somewhere not quite to mature dreads most of them get a very small amount of my homemade wax back on them, I am like 6 weeks in and starting to get some really nice mature dreads that no longer need waxing to stay together

              to keep the inside for getting any rot I make sure my dreads are bone try before applying any wax, I have a mild mild allergy and what amounts to a phobia with molds and candida so I am super careful, so far this is working great, no off smells or anything

              but I do think the fact I have thin hair and have dreaded my hair into thin finger dreads helps me use this method
  • Re: making dread wax

    Sat, May 5, 2007 - 8:46 AM
    Help me get sustainable dreads? I have fine hair and Im going grey so ................
    • Re: making dread wax

      Thu, May 10, 2007 - 4:10 PM
      I have almost 100% grey hair and it is a mix of fine and coarse because I picked and pulled it out for most of my life.

      I am using a combo of backcombing, tip rolling and root rubbing along with homemade dread wax to keep them together while they tighten and mature

      all my techniques I got off the internet, I can try and find the websites I got my advice at, its a slow process but so far so good

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