How to Prevent Itchy & Irritated Scalps While Wearing Braids

Posted by Kalen Spate on

You just got a beautiful new braided/twisted hairstyle and you're in LOVE!

Well, almost.

It's only been a couple of days and your head is itching so bad you're literally considering taking those gorgeous braids or twists out. I know it sounds crazy but if you've ever been a victim of this itchy scalp problem, I've got a solution for you. 

People have been braiding their hair using synthetic hair for so long that this itchy scalp struggle has just become part of the process. Well, it shouldn't be! It doesn't have to be that way. If you just follow these few simple steps before your next set of braids. You will experience such relief from not having that dreaded itchy scalp that you'll want to thank me. 

No need to thank me though, just simply send this blog to a fellow "braid/twists/crochet wearer" and subscribe to my weekly newsletter. I'll be more than satisfied, haha. 

Okay, okay now on to those steps! 

Step 1: Wash and dry the synthetic hair before it's installed.

It's best to stop the itchy scalp by preventing what's causing it all together. Synthetic braiding hair is manufactured to be "wear resistant". Manufacturers use a chemical known as corrosive alkaline lye on the surface on the hair fibers to give it a protective covering as well as shine. Alkaline lye can cause scalp irritations, redness, and dryness. Sounding familiar? So, to remove this chemical covering it is best to use a mix of apple cider vinegar with 2-3 parts water. You need to soak the synthetic hair in the mixture for 8-10 minutes and then rinse with water and air dry the hair. This step will help remove that alkaline coating that causes so many scalp problems and it will actually dull the synthetic hair giving it an even more realistic look. 

Step 2: Don't oil your scalp first. Cleanse it. 

Some people tend to oil their scalps before the installation process in hopes of diminishing some of the itchiness. Oiling your scalp makes it harder for hair braiders to grip the hair. Synthetic hair can loosen more quickly over time decreasing the longevity of the braids/twists looking fresh. Make sure to cleanse the scalp with 1 part apple cider vinegar 2-3 parts water and add a few drops of essential oil to help decrease the smell of apple cider vinegar. Apply the mix directly to the scalp with an applicator bottle. If you want to add an additional layer of soothing and relief. You can put the mix in the fridge to cool before applying to the scalp. 

Step 3: Look amazing and FEEL amazing with your protective hairstyle! 

It's a pretty simple step if you've followed the others! I hope this helps you just in time for spring and summer days. Make sure to subscribe to my weekly newsletters if you haven't already. Click here to subscribe it's FREE! 


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