Help! My new braids itch like crazy!
I just got my hair braided with extensions. It is itching like mad. What can I do to stop this?
The question of how to deal with braids that itch is a common question on our Facebook group. In such cases, prevention is definitely better than cure. First off, when selecting extension hair to braid, avoid choosing very rough or hard extensions. These will not only itch, but they will irritate your scalp and snag and break your precious tresses due to excessive friction. Opt for softer brands of synthetic hair. Next, the key to avoiding itching is to remove the alkaline base. The process will only take about 30 minutes.
Here are some expert tips from our Admin, CEO of the Urembo Asili product line, Evie Dondi. First, do not remove the binding (fastening) holding the hair together if you are working with bulk not wefted hair. This makes it easier to keep the hair together. Next, fill your basin with warm water and add 2/3 to 1 cup of vinegar. Submerge the hair and swirl it to be sure that all the hair is saturated. Soak for at least fifteen minutes. You will see a white film form on the surface of the water. After the hair has been stripped, empty the basin and refill with clean warm water. Add a bit of shampoo and repeat the process to clean the hair and remove the vinegar odour. After the hair has been washed, use a cheap conditioner dissolved in your basin of water to soften the hair further. Rinse thoroughly with a basin of clean water and hang hair to dry. Now your hair pieces are itch-proof!
If you have not done this and your braided hair starts to itch, you can also try to disinfect your scalp using a warm washcloth dipped in an antiseptic of your choice. A number of naturalistas also report success with using Aloe Vera, Tea-tree oil, or coconut oil to combat an itchy scalp. None of these are as effective as cleansing the hair pieces first prior to braiding. Remember to gently wash your braided hair at least every two weeks to keep your scalp clean and healthy. If you follow all these tips, you hair should not itch. However, if symptoms persist, see a dermatologist.