Perfecting The Experiment
With Question 1 out of the way a more "long term" experiment became the hot topic and stole the spotlight from Question 2. The idea is to simulate what dreads go through from conception to maturity. A variety of methods could be used and the progress of the dreads could be observed over time to measure the effectiveness of the methods. Several important questions could be answered with a long term experiments like this, so Lisa (who has become the official messenger of the Anti-Wax group) volunteered to perform a long term experiment and I decided to work on one as well. I've sent her the products she will need and I've been making suggestions and trying to solve problems that are part of experiments of this type. The hardest part is to be sure that you are only testing one variable at a time. It's also real important that everything be as quantitative as possible so that the experiment can be repeated by others. The method for measuring dread tightness will be an important part of the experiment because it will allow us to chart the progress of each dread.
One factor that I hadn't considered before was the natural oil that scalps produce. This oil is one of the challenges of the dreading process. Without it the process would be much different so it's important that we simulate scalp oil in our experiment. It turns out that natural Jojoba Oil (which is technically a wax ester) is remarkably similar to our natural scalp oil. It's become fairly popular in cosmetics because of this. By adding a small amount of Jojoba oil to all of the dreads in the experiment we can create an environment much closer to what dreads really experience.
Since one of the objectives of the experiment is to verify that DreadHead Dread Wax continues to wash out until the dreads are mature, and since we'll be using the weight of the dread to determine how much wax is present, we have to be extremely careful not to let any foreign matter, like fuzz or feathers, get lodged in the dreads. This would effect their weight and give us an inaccurate measurement. One way to do this is to keep the dreads in a pouch with individual pockets. This keeps the fuzz away so it doesn't interfere. We could, at some point in the future, do another experiment where a measured amount of fuzz was exposed to each dread in the same way. This could be done to determine what factors influence the retention of fuzz, but it would need to be done when the wax in the dreads was not being determined by weight.
It's important that we look at each of the questions that these long term experiments hope to answer and be sure that their wording and intention is clear. I'll post a list of the relevant questions and propose any changes that are needed. With approval they will become the official questions and with any luck at all we will have answers that we can all agree on when the experiment concludes.