If you've ever worn synthetic hair, you may have experienced the uncomfortable itching and irritation that can come with it. While synthetic hair can be a convenient and affordable alternative to natural hair, it can also cause scalp discomfort. Understanding the reasons behind this issue can help you find solutions to soothe your scalp and enjoy your synthetic hair without discomfort.

Understanding the composition of synthetic hair

Synthetic hair is made from various types of fibers, including polyester, acrylic, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). These fibers are often coated with chemicals to give them a more natural look and feel. There's often an alkaline based chemical that is coated on synthetic hair as well, which serves as a preservative. Unlike natural hair, synthetic fibers are susceptible to the growth of bacteria, yeast, & fungi as a result of environmental changes. Hence, a preservative is a crucial element to protecting the fibers and your scalp. However, these chemicals can also cause irritation and itching when they come into contact with the scalp. 

When it comes to choosing synthetic hair, there are a few factors to consider to minimize the risk of scalp irritation. We recommend Opting for high-quality synthetic hair that is made from materials that are less likely to cause irritation. Our rule of thumb is that if the hair looks cheap and/or feels cheap, it's cheap fibers! Consider the texture and thickness of the hair, as heavier or coarser hair may be itchier due to the increased amount of frizz. Finally, make sure to properly care for and maintain your synthetic hair to prevent buildup of dirt and oils that can contribute to scalp irritation. Treating your synthetic hair extensions with a braiding hair treatment before, during, and after is important in preventing scalp irritation and increasing the longevity of the fibers.

It’s important to note that not all synthetic hair is created equal, and choosing the right type can make a big difference in how comfortable it feels on your scalp. When shopping for synthetic hair, look for high-quality materials like Kanekalon or Toyokalon, and consider the texture and thickness of the hair. If you’re experiencing itching or discomfort with your current synthetic hair, it may be worth investing in a higher-quality option. Additionally, proper care and maintenance can help prevent buildup of dirt and oils that can contribute to scalp irritation. With the right synthetic hair and care routine, you can enjoy a comfortable and stylish look without any itching or discomfort.

Identifying the symptoms of scalp irritation

The symptoms of scalp irritation caused by synthetic hair can vary from person to person, but some common signs include itching, redness, bumps/hives, and flaking. In more severe cases, blisters or sores may develop. It's important to pay attention to these symptoms and address them promptly to prevent further discomfort or damage to the scalp.

Properly caring for synthetic hair to prevent scalp irritation

Properly caring for your synthetic hair is crucial to preventing scalp irritation. One of the most important steps is to regularly wash and condition your hair to remove any buildup of dirt and oils. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner that is specifically designed for synthetic hair, and avoid using hot water or harsh chemicals that can damage the hair and irritate the scalp. All shampoos and conditioners aren't compatible with synthetic hair, as the fibers might not be able to absorb the ingredients. At Unclouded, we offer a lab curated Braiding Hair Treatment that is 100% organic and it's an easy 2-step process. Additionally, be sure to properly store your synthetic hair when not in use, and avoid wearing it for extended periods of time to give your scalp a break.

Your hair prep for your natural hair make sure to wash your natural scalp and hair prior to getting your hair done. This can ensure that there's no build up from any products you've used leading up to getting a protective style. Third, wash and oil your scalp with a clarifying shampoo and conditioner at least every 2-3 weeks. During that time, oil your scalp on a regular basis.  A lot of the times, there's a notion that getting a protective style means that you don't have to clean and treat your hair for the duration of your style, this is far from the truth. Without properly treating your natural hair, scalp, ad synthetic hair, your protective style won't actually be PROTECTING.