Lemon/salt tightener - proportions?

topic posted Sun, April 22, 2007 - 5:52 PM by  Ziva
Hi people
I wanna make a tightening spritzer mix for my dreadies...anyone got experience with this and have ideas as to how much of everything to put in? I don't want my hair going white from too much salt!

I was thinking of using water, salt, lemon juice and tea tree oil

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  • Re: Lemon/salt tightener - proportions?

    Tue, April 24, 2007 - 11:28 AM
    Hey there... I just wing it with the proportions and havent had a problem yet. Plus you can always dilute your mixture...I want it strong because I really wish I was by the ocean so I try to recreate that effect on my head....Good luck
  • Re: Lemon/salt tightener - proportions?

    Tue, April 24, 2007 - 2:08 PM
    I never get tired of posting this wonderful recipe from Naked Mango!!!

    Make you own Dreadlock Juice

    (Enough for 8 ounces)

    1 Part Apple Cider Vinegar (We liked Bragg's Organic)

    2 Parts Witch Hazel (We liked Thayer's)

    *20 Drops Tea Tree Oil

    *10 Drops Sweet Orange Oil

    *10 Drops Lemon Oil

    *5 Drops Lime Oil

    I use it, I love it! It tightens and when I think my dreads are having a bad day I spray this on and POOF! they act like they have always been perfect and I didn't wake up with them all over the place!
    • Re: Lemon/salt tightener - proportions?

      Mon, April 30, 2007 - 8:59 PM
      How does it smell...... vinegar and witch hasel are both kinda stinky and I really dont wanta smell like em
      • Re: Lemon/salt tightener - proportions?

        Tue, May 1, 2007 - 11:23 AM
        I put off trying it for a LONG time cause I was afraid I'd smell like vinegar. But after spraying it on, the scent fades quickly to an orangey citrus smell. My husband says it smells 'clean'. I guess cause cleaning products usually add orange and lemon scents and so make you think 'clean' when you smell them. But it doesn't have that sharp chemical smell like those cleaners.... It just smells like citrus!
        • Re: Lemon/salt tightener - proportions?

          Thu, May 17, 2007 - 9:18 PM
          So I made a concoction of witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, water and a couple of kinds of oils. I decided to spray it on before showering so I could wash it off again quickly. My boyfriend and I both think it smelled like stinky old man feet. I think I stayed close to the proportions you guys recommended below, yet it was horrid-smelling. Wonder what I did wrong? Thinking of dilluting it a LOT and trying again. =P
        • Re: Lemon/salt tightener - proportions?

          Fri, May 18, 2007 - 12:55 AM
          I tried your mix too, and not to be vulgar but it STANK my hair up! lol I was bummed...I kept finding myself in elevators and feeling incredibly insecure...seeing how I smelled like sour vinegar. Anyway...maybe I did something wrong but I even waited a whole day and finally the next day I decided to wash my hair. Was I supposed to put water in the mix?? maybe not spray in too much? - I sprayed about 3 times at a distance with a spray bottle.
          This type of thing should't require scientific measurements...
          • Re: Lemon/salt tightener - proportions?

            Fri, May 18, 2007 - 10:47 AM
            Hey y'all...its the apcid vinegar thats making the stank....its really good to rinse ya scalp with before showering but I dont use it in a spray...just lemon, sea salt, aqua, and essential oils if I want to smell really nice...its a really simple mix that works really well...oh but it will lighten ya hair...if you dont want that rosemary tea will darken ya hair and it works very similar to app vineagr....Bless
            • Re: Lemon/salt tightener - proportions?

              Sun, May 20, 2007 - 1:59 PM
              Wow! I'm sorry ya'll haven't liked the spray! The vinegar smell disappears after a few minutes, and I've never had anyone say my hair stinks like vinegar!! I use 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar. and 1 cup witch hazel in my mix... maybe use less apple cider vinegar??

              Also, it sounds like ya'll are all quick to rinse it right after you spray it, so it's also likely the vinegar isn't given time to evaporate...
              Yes, it's smell like vinegar in the bottle, and right after you spray it, but in a few minutes that smell is GONE! REALLY!

              Also it's not my recipe, it's from NakedMango. I think that chick is awesome, but if you didn't like it, that's too bad...
              • Re: Lemon/salt tightener - proportions?

                Mon, May 21, 2007 - 2:45 PM
                Hey chica, it's all chill, I dont think anyone was really referencing the recipie to you. Its also just how it goes......somethings work fi some people an hair an some dont...and then vicea versea and so on. Just know its not personal an that all this sharing information therefore its a simple offering that either works or doesnt and all of it is positive because people are sharing...we need more of such things in this world...
                Tsalll goood
                many blessings
                • Re: Lemon/salt tightener - proportions?

                  Wed, May 23, 2007 - 8:08 PM
                  I'm not mad... I just feel really bad cause no one else seemed to like it.... and they all had such a bad experience... I suggested it too...

                  But I guess live and learn huh? (^_^) All well... sorry anyways!
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                    Re: Lemon/salt tightener - proportions?

                    Sun, May 27, 2007 - 8:06 PM
                    Yea no worries here, didn't mean to hurt any feelings...I suppose I was just getting a bit too comfortable. About the mix tho- I'm happy I bought the oils and such- they are great fragrances for the hair... and the vinegar does keep my hair tight, just doesn't smell all that great unfortunately.

                    OH! I did learn something interesting this week Sioko that I thought you might be interested in as well- I went to a sketchy Thai restaurant and left feeling really aweful...I came home thinking "gotta throw up this food" - a really REALLY bad feeling. Anyway, I googled "food poisoning" and found out that throwing back 2 tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar cures food poisoning! After hours of feeling like I was going to die I ended up drinking 3 tbs of it and it totally worked! It tasted like death worked... and it was a short term nastyness, you know what i mean? If you have ever experienced food poisoning, you'll know that it can be a really horrible experience, and I would have never had ACV around if it weren't for your suggestion about the hair mix. So it seems that fate was on my side...thanks Sioko =0)
                    • Re: Lemon/salt tightener - proportions?

                      Mon, May 28, 2007 - 7:41 PM
                      I'm so glad the ACV made you better!!!!! I wonder how that works?? But anyway I'm glad you got to feeling better! (^_^)

                      Yeah, I had food poisoning once and it was horrific. I didn't even know what was going on till I threw up and felt better enough to pass out! I wish I'd known about the ACV then!

                      Next time that happens, and I hope it don't!, I'll try that! I'm glad I helped somehow, and know you've helped me back if I ever end up needing it! <3
    • Re: Lemon/salt tightener - proportions?

      Wed, August 1, 2007 - 7:13 PM
      i just made up a spray bottle and it smells pretty good. i did a few things differently, though... here's my recipe.

      2/3 cup witch hazel from pharmacy
      1/3 cup braggs apple cider vinegar
      1/2 a lime juiced
      1/2 a lemon juiced
      7 drops lemon oil
      12 drops patchouli oil
      1 1/2 table spoons himalayan salt (its pink, powerful and kicks ass, look it up!)
      mixed half and half with warm filtered water - shake!

      my mom said i smell like a hippy in a lemon grove.

      i think i could add a bit more witch hazel and vinegar.

      what does the tea tree oil do? i may pick some up and add it in.

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