ACV Wash Part 2: Moisturizing Locs

Hello, my dear SoulFlowers!  Welcome to Part 2 of the ACV (apple cider vinegar) wash.  In this video, I’ll show you how I moisturize my dreadlocks.  Since the ACV wash will leave your hair feeling very dry, it’s important to moisturize your locs after deep cleaning them.

I used coconut oil and tea tree oil for my (damp) locs, but you can also use any essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender.  You do not want to apply essential oils directly on your scalp, so make sure you have a carrier oil.  I used coconut oil for the carrier oil, but you can also use jojoba oil or almond oil.

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Essential oil such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender.  I used tea tree oil.
  • A carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil.  I used coconut oil (pressed, extra virgin oil).
  • A plastic cap to cover your locs.  I used a disposable shower cap.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine the carrier oil with the essential oil.  You can combine them in the palm of your hand or in a small container – even a plate will do.
  2. Apply the oils directly to your scalp.
  3. With both hands, rub the carrier oil and essential oil together.  Then take both oily palms and rub through your dreadlocks.  You’ll want a lighter touch for your dreadlocks, while a heavier hand can be applied to your scalp.
  4. Cover your hair with a plastic cap.  This step is optional, but the cap will help to moisturize your hair, using the heat from your scalp to help moisturize.

And that’s all there is to it.  Remember, you don’t want to do the ACV wash more than twice a year since it’s very drying.  Since I prefer to deep clean my dreadlocks outside, Spring and Fall are the best times for me to do the ACV wash.  Of course, the choice is yours.

Peace, love, & darkness,

Dasia Denise

ACV Wash Part 1: Deep Cleaning Locs

Hello, lovely Soulflowers!  I finally gave my dreadlocks a deep clean, known as the ACV wash.  ACV stands for Apple Cider Vinegar.  I do wash my dreadlocks at least once a week, but it’s also good to give your locs a nice, deep clean.  The ACV wash will leave your locs feeling nice and lightweight.  The added bonus is that the ingredients are all natural, which is great for dreadlocks.  It’s best to wait until your hair has matured before doing the acv wash, to keep your dreadlocks from unraveling.

Here’s the video of me deep cleaning my dreadlocks.  I’ve also included the list of ingredients and the instructions below.

 

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

  • 3/4 cups (180 mL) apple cider vinegar (organic, if possible)
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) baking soda
  • 1/2 lemon (seeds removed)
  • 1 Tbsp. (approx. 17 g) sea salt
  • sink or basin (I used a 14″ round basin)
  • a couple of towels

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1.  Remove jewelry (such as earrings that can be removed) and hair  accessories.
  2.  Add the baking soda and sea salt into the sink/tub.
  3.  Add a little bit of hot water to the sink/tub.  You want just enough hot water   to dissolve the baking soda and sea salt.
  4.  Fill the rest of the sink/tub with warm water.
  5.  Squeeze the 1/2 of lemon into the water and then add the vinegar.  Mix all of the ingredients together.
  6.  Soak your locs into the acv mixture for about 10 minutes.
  7.  After soaking, wrap your locs into a towel and towel-dry.  Pour out the dirty   acv water.
  8.  Rinse the acv mixture out of your hair with clear water.  Make sure to rinse thoroughly!

 

That’s it for Part 1.  Next week for Part 2, I’ll show you how I moisturize my locs.  The acv wash will leave you with very dry locs, so moisturizing them after the rinse is a very important step.  Stay tuned.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

2 Years Of Freeform Locs!

Hello, SoulFlowers!  Guess what?  My dreadlocks turned 2 years old in May of this year.  Woot!  They’re still growing longer and getting thicker, which makes me very happy.  To celebrate this milestone in hair, I’ve created a video showing the progression of my dreadlocks.  This is also the first video that I tried morphing software.  It’s not great, but it’s not too bad for my first try.  I hope you all enjoy seeing the progression.  I’ve also included pictures in this post, after the video.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

 

 

 

2-YEAR LOC PROGRESSION

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Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

Skulls, Beads & Freeform Dreads: Month 22

Hello, lovelies!  It’s been awhile since my last post.  I’m not sure what’s going to happen to this blog, since my main outlet has been posting YouTube videos. I will still keep you posted on my dreadlock progression and gemstone looks, but I’m not sure what the future holds for this blog.  I guess time will tell.

Today’s outfit highlights 2 of my favorite things: black skulls and black beads. This dress from KILLSTAR is quickly becoming one of the my favorite pieces!

 

 

Occult leggings: Lip Service (brand), Tall boots: FitFlop (brand)

 

Here’s my face.  I chose a pretty simple makeup look to go with my pretty simple outfit. Two small, black bindis on the sides of my eyes highlight the heavy eyeliner:

 

Skull necklace: Kreepsville 666 (brand), Crystal dreadlock bead: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Seed bead necklaces: The Gypsy Rose Boutique (Etsy)

 

And finally, here’s how my locs are doing:

 

 

 

That’s it, y’all.  I will still create blog posts, but the bulk of my content can be found on YouTube.  If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out my channel, Gothic SoulFlower.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

A Sack Dress & Freeform Dreads: Month 21

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Hello, lovelies!  This is Month 21 of having freeform dreadlocks, which means I’ve been growing my locs for almost 2 years.  Woot!  It’s been such an experience witnessing how hair can have a mind of its own.

Here’s what I wore.  I bought this sack dress from Amazon.  While baggy clothing (especially on women) are not liked by many people, I love baggy clothes. Loose clothing can be quite flattering and I like how I look in this sack dress. Keep in mind that I also like harem pants, so there you go.

OOF! These boots are in desperate need of polishing.

 

 

 

Boots: Fit Flop (brand)

 

Here’s my face.  Again, I went with simple makeup.  It’s cold, and when it’s cold, I tend not to put much effort into a full face of makeup.  Sometimes as a goth, eyeliner just has to be enough.

Eyeglasses: Zenni Optical, Bat necklace: Horribell (Etsy)

 

 

Here’s how my locs are progressing.  They’re getting longer and more “springier”.  My birthday’s not until the 17th, but I went ahead and labeled this month’s loc progression, “Birthday Dreads”, for obvious reasons.

 

 

 

So, how do you lovelies feel about loose, baggy clothes?  I used to wear short, body-hugging clothing, but that was many years (and many pounds) ago.  If you want to see a middle-aged goth posing and jumping around to punk rock, be sure to check out this video.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Freeform Dreads & Friday the 13th: Month 20

Hello, lovelies!  I’m back.  We’ve finally arrived in 2017, but unfortunately I was sick for almost 2 weeks!  Not a great start to the year, but I’m now feeling a lot better and ready to roll.

The weather was pretty decent on Friday the 13th, so I decided to wear one of the new dresses I purchased around the holidays.  It’s so soft and comfortable, and it has thumb holes.  Love this dress!

 

Dress and moon pendant: KILLSTAR, 20-eye boots: Doc Martens (brand)

 

 

 

Here’s my face.  Simple as usual.

 

Black skull dreadlock bead: Zaahn (Etsy), Silver dreadlock beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy)

 

And finally, here’s how my locs are looking so far.  They’re getting longer!

 

 

 

That’s it, y’all.  I do apologize for my 2-week absence.  Like I said before, I’m ready to rock, so stay tuned for more posts this week.  I’ve included an OOTD video below.  Enjoy.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Video: Gothic Office & Freeform Dreads: Month 19

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Hello, lovelies!  It is Month 19 of my freeform locs.  I finally re-dyed them and they look 100% better.  They’re also getting longer and I’m definitely pleased with that.  I’ve added some things to my office decor and I’m very happy with the results.  New hair color, new office.

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Here are few pics of my office, with the office light on.  It looks cool, but it looks a lot snazzier with the office light turned off, and the colorful lights turned on.  The skull lamp, bony hand candelabra, and “lightening ball” were purchased on Amazon.  The rest of the items were purchased at CVS.  These purchases were made last year during Halloween season, so these items were bought at a reduced price.  The battery-operated candles were purchased online.

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Here’s the progress of my dreadlocks.  Thanks to the hair dye, you’ll see a dramatic difference between Months 17 and 19:

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That’s it for now.  Be sure to check out my office decor video below. You’ll see how my office looks when it’s darkened and lit up by my spooky lights.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

Live Video & Freeform Dreads: Months 17 & 18

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Above pic via Photobucket (edited)

Hello, dear lovelies. This post will show 2 months of my loc progression, since I forgot to post last month’s loc report (whoops).  Not only that, but since the election of Donald Trump, I’ve been feeling helpless, hopeless, angry, and downright sad. (Can you tell from the pics?)

I posted my first live video (via Facebook) a couple of days ago.  It’s a video expressing my feelings and offering encouragement to others who are also frightened and feeling hopeless.  For many of us who are worried about the new President-elect (and also the new Vice-President-elect: Yikes!), this election goes beyond Republican vs. Democrat, liberal vs. conservative.  It’s not about Hillary Clinton losing.  

With the endorsement of the KKK and other white suprematist groups, we’re fearful for our humanity.  We are rightfully angry about the lack of respect for Americans who aren’t white, male, heterosexual, and Christian.  Hate crimes across the country have already begun.  Many of these crimes have even occurred in elementary- and high schools.

 

So, I had to take a short break from blogging and posting videos.  I needed time to process my feelings and muster the strength to move forward.  Outfits of the day, makeup, and looking fabulous had to take a backseat while I get myself together.  That includes my lackluster dreadlocks.

 

Here’s the status on my locs so far:

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There will be new posts this week.  They’re a bit late (just like this dreadlock post), but better late than never.  Many people (especially those of us who are more vulnerable to white supremacist groups) are trying heal and make sense of the message that our fellow Americans are sending.  We are not valued.  We are nothing.  We’re blamed for all of America’s ills, but are never given credit for our contributions to this country. 

We will stay strong and move forward.  That’s really all we can do at this point.  I hope the future will not be as dire as it seems.  We will have to wait and see.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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Video: Cultural Appropriation & Dreadlocks

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All photos courtesy of Photobucket.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a video on YouTube discussing cultural appropriation and dreadlocks.  Around Halloween, the subject of cultural appropriation becomes a hot topic.  Some people leave their brains at the door, and show up to parties wearing blackface, yellowface, Native American war bonnets, and all sorts of foolishness.  Are these examples of cultural appropriation?  You bet it is!  At the very least, it’s highly offensive.

But are dreadlocks considered cultural appropriation?  Should dreadlocks only be worn by black people?  Many people think that dreadlocks come from black culture, but this is not the case.  In this video, I share my thoughts on cultural appropriation and dreadlocks.

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Do you think cultural appropriation exists?  Should dreadlocks only be worn by black people?  Please share in the comments.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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New Pikes & Freeform Dreads: Month 16

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Hello, lovelies!  I’m a bit late in posting an update on my dreadlocks, but I had a major system fail this past weekend.  Like an idiot, I didn’t back up my system and I had to create a new YouTube channel since I’ve lost access to my old one.  GRRRR!  The good news is, I was smart enough to save my videos, so I’m working on re-uploading them to my new channel.  The huge lesson I learned is to BACK UP MY COMPUTER SYSTEM.

 

Anyhoo, let’s move on to what I wore.  It was another hot and humid day with NO BREEZE WHATSOEVER.  So I kept it very simple with a shirt dress and leggings:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Blue shirt dress (D10), Black leggings ((P5), Low pikes (Shoe2)

 

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Here are my new winklepickers!  Woot!  The flat soles and low cut of these shoes may not suit my body type, but I really don’t care.  I absolutely love them.  They’re handmade with black suede and pentacle buckles, purchased from The Gothic Shoe Company.  They also have a store on Etsy.

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My face was even more simple than my outfit.  Just eyeliner and lipstick.  I added a silver moon stamp for a bit of flair:

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Dread beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy), Eyeglasses: Zenni Optical, Onyx necklace: handmade by me

 

And finally, here’s the update on my dreadlocks.  They’re getting longer and thicker, which makes me very happy!

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That’s it for now, lovelies.  It’s been a frustrating week, but some lessons are learned the hard way.  Please check out my new channel, Gothic SoulFlower.  To start fresh, I’ve added another OOTD video to my new channel.  Please enjoy.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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