Beauty that will make you uncomfortable and restless, that is no beauty and it doesn’t worth a try no matter the kind of transformation it adds. Itchy scalp after braids can not be fun at all.
You will be confused about whether to endure the pain and stop it or just take it down immediately. Yea I understand how it feels. My sister once took down her hairstyle 1 day after installation because she was restless. That is once upon a time.
In today’s post am going to discuss the possible causes of itching scalp after installing braids, how to stop it plus tips to maintain your hair the right way.
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Why Your Scalp Itch After Braiding & How To Stop It
1. Extension Allergy
Trust me, not everyone knows that almost all the synthetic extensions are chemically treated. And anyone can be allergic to these chemicals, especially the Akaline base that protects the synthetic hair from heat effects.
Allergy also occurs in human hair but its lesser compared to the synthetic. From most reported cases, the signs of synthetic hair allergy can go beyond the itchy scalp. Some people may notice bumps all around their hairlines, redness of the scalp, headache and many more.
So before you install extension make sure you pre-treat it very well. But if you already have it installed and don’t want to take it down, here’s how you can purify it while it’s still on your head.
How To Prepare Synthetic Hair Before Installation:
- Get Apple Cider Vinegar, clean bowl and hot water ready.
- Pour 1 cup of ACV into 2 – 3 cups of water.
- Put the hair into the water and make sure it is fully covered
- Leave the hair in the water for 20 – 40 minutes, then you will notice the water has changed colour (in the form of a white film)
- Pour away the water, add another warm water to the bowl and put the hair back into the freshwater
- Let it soak for 2-3 minutes then, pour away the water again
- Rinse the hair again and again until the water runs clear
- Squeeze the excess water out of the extension, then air dry.
- After the water is all out. Use your brush or comb to run through the hair. Just to make sure you keep it in-form in case you squeezed too hard
- Now your extension is ready for installation.
2. Dry Scalp, Flakes or Dandruff
Flakes and itchy scalp are signs of dandruff. So If you noticed dandruff itching on your braid know that your scalp is telling you to care for it the right way.
Some hairs and scalp are naturally dry and need help very often, and if you fail to hydrate and moisturize the hair, it can cause itching and appear unkempt.
Tip: Moisturize your hair every day, I will tell you to use whatever helps to keep your hair moisturized. If you have dry scalp use oils designed to nourish the scalp and hair as well. But make sure you don’t overuse.
Also, use hair treatment products for braids that keep dandruff at bay. Sulfur 8 Dandruff Treatment is a good example.
3. Covered Too Much
In the course of protecting your hair, you wrap, cover or tye it with a scarf, hat now and then. Too much covering causes itching. Try to cut down how long and how often you cover your hair, give it enough breathing space. Also, know the type of hair cover you use on your hair, avoid thick materials.
4. Change of Style
Some lady’s hair and scalp are used to one kind of style. Either the scalp is all covered style or partly exposed one. So when they try switch styles, their scalp reacts while trying to adapt. You may be one of those ladies.
For example, If you have been wearing wigs that covers all your hair scalp for years. But suddenly you decide to change to styles like braids that leave some areas of your scalp exposed. Your scalp may itch because it wasn’t exposed like this before.
Tip: If this the cause be assured that the itching won’t last long. Just give your scalp some help and time to adapt.
5. Tight Hairdo
Yes, Tight hairstyles have a role to play in the itchy scalp after braiding. Aside from causing pains, tight styles can trap in dirt and natural sweat in between the scalp and the braid which is sometimes not easily accessible to be cleaned up.
Some people believe that tight hairstyles last longer than slightly loose ones. But is it worth it to wear one hairstyle for 2 months while endangering your hair? Because tight hairstyles can even cause permanent hair loss if you don’t know.
Tip: Avoid tight hairstyles, they aren’t doing you any good.
6. Dirt and Build Up
Product residue and natural build up like sweat, harden sebum and dirt can irritate your scalp. They don’t only cause itching scalp they obstruct the growth of new hair and can even lead to hair loss.
Tips: Avoid using too many products, sometimes you even use two or more products that perform a similar task.
Clean up your scalp once or twice a week, and If your moisturizing shampoo no longer works effectively. Break rules and do it the hard way, which is to — use a clarifying shampoo to wipe every buildup left behind.
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Let’s Talk About Prepping Your Hair For Braiding
If there are things that can save you from an extension disaster, prepping your hair one of them. Treating your hair before styling is important as anything else. It’s just like preparing for exams because that is where success or failure of any hair lies.
To tell you how important prepping is, here are the benefits of prepping your hair
- It ensures your hair is healthy and has enough strength to handle extra weight and tension
- Prepping helps to nourish the hair and the scalp
- It eases braids management during and after installation
- Prepping your hair at home saves you time it will take your braider to do your hair.
- Prepping ensures your hair is free from any hair related issue, like dandruff, dry itchy scalp, etc.
So here’s how to prep your hair;
NB: First thing you need to do is to give you hair some space to gain strength naturally, the later are these-:
Tips To Maintain Your Braids The Right Way
- Try to redo braids near your hairline when they get loose to avoid unnecessary tension and extra weight.
- Keep your hair moist with leave-in conditioner 2-3 times a week
- Braids are Long term protective hairstyles but don’t keep them on for too long
- Ensure you protect your hair at night, this will help your style in a long way.
- Avoid hair products that contain Alcohol and petroleum (grease)
- Avoid hair products that can add weight to your hair.
- Trim off the hair that refuses to stay at bay. Be mindful not to cut out your natural hair.
- Be mindful of your hair if you love swimming. The pool water has chlorine which can suck the natural oil in your hair and scalp leaving them dry.
After you are done and satisfied wearing your braids, be very careful the way you take down braids because this is where some ladies fail. Try as much as possible to avoid excess breakage.
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