Understand the Causes of Itchy Braids
Itchy braids can be caused by a variety of factors, including an allergic reaction to the hair or products used, tight braids, and a dry scalp. It's important to identify the cause of your itching in order to find the best solution. If you have an allergic reaction, switching to a different type of hair or product may be necessary. If your braids are too tight, loosening them or starting with a looser braid pattern can help. And if your scalp is dry, moisturizing regularly can provide relief.
A preservative called alkaline is a common cause for itchy braids. The alkaline coating protects the synthetic fibers and your scalp from the potential growth of yeast and bacteria as a result of environmental changes. It also smoothes the fibers, reduces frizz, and makes the hair less prone to tangling. The downside is often scalp irritation for those of us with sensitive scalps.
Choose the Right Type of Braiding Hair
When it comes to choosing the right type of braiding hair for natural hair, there are a few things to consider. First, look for hair that is lightweight and won't put too much tension on your scalp. Synthetic hair is a popular choice because it's affordable and comes in a variety of textures and colors. However, some people may be allergic to synthetic hair, so it's important to test a small section of hair before committing to a full head of braids. Another option is human hair, which is more expensive but can be reused and styled in different ways. Ultimately, the type of braiding hair you choose will depend on your personal preferences and budget.
For washing your synthetic hair extensions, we recommend using a Braiding Hair Treatment that is compatible with synthetic fibers. A standard shampoo and conditioner might not have ingredients that can be absorbed by the fibers. A common pre-treatment option to consider is using vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar lifts the alkaline coating from the braiding hair. You'll actually see a white coating rise to the top of the water. Just be sure to rinse your hair thoroughly after using vinegar to avoid any lingering smell. Apple cider vinegar is the main ingredient of the Braiding Hair Treatment Shampoo, however, organic soap nuts are also a main ingredient. Organic soap nuts are an organic detergent that has natural saponins that do the cleaning. After a thorough cleaning, you'll feel the difference in the fibers without the alkaline coating, but it's nothing to be alarmed about, as the Braiding Hair Treatment conditioner will soothe the fibers, reduce frizziness, and increase the quality of the fibers again. With these pre-treatment options, you can enjoy a comfortable and itch-free braiding experience.
Use Soothing Products During and After Braiding
To further prevent itching and discomfort during and after braiding, it's important to use soothing products. Look for products that contain natural ingredients like aloe vera, tea tree oil, and peppermint oil. These ingredients have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can help calm an itchy scalp. You can also use a scalp spray or mist to refresh and hydrate your scalp throughout the day. After taking out your braids, be sure to continue using soothing products to help your scalp recover and prevent any further irritation.
Our Braiding Hair Treatment is a 100% organic, lab curated treatment that can be used to treat your hair extensions before, during, and after. The organic composition of the shampoo and conditioner makes it safe, cleansing, and moisturizing for your natural hair as well.
It's important to maintain your braids to prevent itching and discomfort. This includes regularly washing your scalp with a gentle shampoo and conditioner, avoiding tight hairstyles that can pull on your scalp, and using a satin or silk scarf or pillowcase to prevent friction and breakage. You can also use a scalp oil or serum to nourish and moisturize your scalp, which can help prevent itching and dryness. By taking care of your braids, you can enjoy a comfortable and stylish look without any discomfort.