Knotty Boy - Dread Shampoo Bar - 4.75 oz. (135 g)
Knotty Boy Dread Shampoo Bar is specially formulated with tea tree, rosemary & peppermint oils for dreadlock care and dry scalp conditions. The natural and essential oils used in these formulations are extremely beneficial for hair and scalp health. Knotty Boy Natural Dreadlock Shampoos gently cleanse, allowing the hair to retain nutrients and moisture, while the rosemary, tea tree and peppermint essential oils work therapeutically to treat and prevent dry scalp, dandruff and other skin and scalp irritations. Use anywhere you need a good scrub - also proven to be effective in the treatment of problem skin and acne, and as an all-over body wash. You can even wash your dishes or clothes in a mountain stream with our Natural Shampoos - it won't hurt the environment! And what about the scent?? Like a peppermint patty ice-fishing with a candy cane at the North Pole! Sooo fresh it'll knock your socks off, and your scalp tingles for ages after, too! YOM!!
More About These Essential Oils
Rosemary, tea tree and peppermint oils are some of nature's most treasured gifts for hair, and Knotty Boy's oils are now organic, too! Not only do they leave your hair and scalp smelling fresh and clean, they go to work on problems like dry scalp and dandruff. Rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) is used widely as a specific tonic for hair and skin, helping to control dandruff and encouraging hair growth. (Incidentally, rosemary is also used as a stimulant for the mind, helping with memory and mental clarity - so using Knotty Boy Dread Shampoos might even help make you smarter, too. Gee whiz!) Tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is probably one of the most well-known essential oils and is popular because of its anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita) is used extensively for relieving itching, inflammation and treating oily skin and hair due to its astringent properties.
So, as you can see, unlike medicated dandruff shampoos which only mask the problems (and allow the problems to return as soon as you stop using the shampoo), Knotty Boy Natural Dreadlock Shampoos actually nourish and restore the scalp. The incredible response from customers who rave about how their shampoos helped to clear up their skin, and how their scalps don't flake or itch any more are testimonies to the effectiveness of our products and, to a great degree, due to the therapeutic essential oils of Tea Tree, Rosemary and Peppermint.
More About Foam
Contrary to popular belief, the presence of foam and suds is completely unnecessary in the cleansing process of hair or skin. Like all cleansing agents, the natural soaps found in the Knotty Boy Natural Dreadlock Shampoos release the surface tension, allowing the loosened dirt, grime, and environmental impurities to be washed away, without unnecessary amounts of foam.
Up until very recently, it was not possible to manufacture a truly all-natural liquid shampoo, despite the over-abundance of claimed ‘all-natural' shampoos on the market, including other liquid shampoos marketed specifically for use on dreadlocked hair. The fact is most ‘all natural' shampoos on the market still blend commercial surfactants like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) into their shampoos to boost foaming action. SLS is the most commonly used coconut-based surfactant by manufacturers of cleansing products (including carpet cleaner) and often appears as ‘coconut-derived' in the ingredients list. SLS is a very harsh, stripping chemical that can cause skin conditions including contact dermatitis and, some believe, even cancer. Some manufacturers do not list their shampoo ingredients fully because they do not want consumers to know their ingredients include SLS. It's easy to claim that ‘all vegetable-derived cleansers' are used in a product when the ingredients are not specifically listed.
Knotty Boy wasn't satisfied with this grey-area of ‘all-natural', and withdrew our original liquid dreadlock shampoo from the market in 2000, even though it was such a huge seller. The Knotty Boy Dreadlock Shampoo Bar was developed shortly thereafter, thereby finding a way to make a truly natural shampoo in a solid bar form. The inclusion of foaming agents was not necessary in bar form, as the saponified oils of coconut, castor bean, palm and hemp surprisingly form suds naturally on their own! The shampoo bar worked to clean dreadlocks the exact same way, but still honored our commitment to the manufacture of completely all-natural products.
Now, just this year (2005), a brand new all-natural ingredient has been developed that allows the formulation of a completely all-natural liquid shampoo product – and we've got it!! So now dreadies can have their choice of shampoo, liquid or bar form! Hooray!
Residue and Build-Up Concerns
The idea that if a product has a fragrance or scent, ‘residue' will be left behind to build up in dreadlocks is false. All fragrances used in hair and body products are water-soluble, and are specifically designed to break down and wash away. In the case of essential oils, these are included in Knotty Boy products for their healing and aromatherapeutic properties. Hot water washes away anything left behind after only a few minutes, except what is absorbed for use by the skin and scalp. Because these are very powerful oils, only a little is diluted for use in each bottle or bar of product and is not enough to leave a ‘residue' of any kind behind on the hair.
Knotty Boy all-natural dreadlocking products truly are the original, healthiest, most eco-friendly, ethical and BEST for the maintenance of good, clean dreads. But don't just take it from us. Let the nearly 1000 testimonials and photos we have in our huge Knotty Boy Happy Nappy Dreadlock Gallery speak for themselves!So What's This Knotty Boy All 'bout Anyway?
Got dreadlocks? Always wanted 'em? Since 1998, Knotty Boy DreadStuff dreadlock products and the Knotty Boy Lock Shop & Salon in Vancouver, Canada have been helping hundreds of thousands of people, worldwide and of ALL hair-types, get nappy and happy. Knotty Boy all-natural (and sweet-smelling!) products make starting, maintaining and now even REMOVING dreadlocks fast, clean and SO easy.
Dreadlock Hair Products
Yes indeedy, you can find a great selection of dread products that are especially designed to make your dreadful journey as speedy and easy as possible.
Check out the classic Knotty Boy all-natural dreadlock wax and the itch-fighting dreadlock shampoos. Knotty Boy's more recently launched products include the scalp-loving dreadlock peppermint cooling spray, do-it-yourself Knot-Teas, and the hugely popular dreadlock tightening gel which is an effective alternative to damaging salt-based locking accelerator sprays, for keeping dreads tight and clean. Their latest products include the incredible lock deodorizer & fragrance sprays which acts as a shampooless cleanser, the delicious dreadlock conditioning sprays for more mature locks, the revolutionary dreadlock removal kit, a line of Knotty Boy Natural Essentials for Every Body!
Don't forget our line of complete Knotty Boy Dreadlock and Maintenance Kits that include everything you need for starting and maintaining dreads from scratch. Knotty Boy also has tons of dreadlock accessories such as dread combs, dreadlock hats, tams, wraps, and headbands and other apparel, as well as a wide variety of glass beads, sleeves, coils and pendants for adorning your lovely locks. Of course, all dreadlock information at Knotty Boy is FREE, so enjoy exploring the pages of this dreadfully Knotty website, with their compliments!
Knotty Boy's Core Values Are:
Relationships - putting their whole hearts into relationships of quality with their Knotty Kids, and with each other in the Knotty Boy team.
Education - destroying myths that surround the dreadlock culture and re-educating through what they communicate via media, website and contact with their customers and others.
Empowerment - inspiring others to be themselves, abandon fears, take positive risks in life and do good in the world in the world around them.
Integrity - commitment to making the highest quality products they possible can, to conduct their business honestly, and to be ethical in all things.
Socially Aware - being conscious of their sphere of influence, the people that look to them for direction and being aware of their social responsibilities on a global scale. Also constantly moving toward being a more environmentally-conscious and sustainable business, and partnering with and supporting other sustainable businesses.
Energy - Lets not forget about having fun!! Using our energy to embrace youthfulness that doesn't care how old you are and to drive us to be better in all things, as a business and as individuals.
Knotty Boy has so much planned for the next months and years to come with they can barely stand it. Their biggest struggle is to be patient and not want to attempt to do everything now, now, NOW - even while they already have more on their plates than they can handle. Thanks for being patient along with them, and for all the little notes of encouragement and support you've poured upon us over the years.