Why do box braids itch? Itching in your scalp is usually caused by dry skin, which can result when you use products that contain harsh chemicals. Try using less shampoo and conditioner, and switch to natural shampoos and conditioners instead.
The Basics of Box Braids
If you’re looking for a quick hairstyle with minimal effort, try box braids. They’re also known as cornrows because they resemble rows of corn. To make them, simply braid sections of hair into small loops, then secure them with clips or pins. You can wear them up or down, and they work well with any style of hair. Box braids are easy to create, and they look great on anyone who wants to add some texture to her hair without spending too much time styling it.
When you first get started, it might be difficult to figure out where to place the boxes. Once you find the right spot, though, it becomes easier to keep track of which section goes where. For example, if you want to put two boxes on top of each other, you would take one section from the back of your head and bring it around to the front, then take another section from the front and bring it behind the first box. Repeat until you reach the desired length.
When you’re ready to move on to the next step, use a comb to separate the sections of the hair. Then, clip the ends of the sections to hold them in place while you braid. After you’ve finished braiding, remove the clips and gently pull the sections apart. Use a little bit of gel to help set the braids in place, and you’re done!
It's important to note that all braiding hair/synthetic hair is made equal. Certain fibers can cause irritation to your scalp. Most braiding hair on the market also has a toxic preservative on the hair that although protects the fibers from growing yeast and bacteria, it's dangerous to your scalp. There's no need to worry at all, there are many alternatives and fixes to this. Read to find out more.
Treating Box Braids Itching at Home
Box braids itch when they dry out. This happens because the moisture in your hair evaporates faster than the moisture in your scalp. So, when you wash your hair, the water dries out your scalp first, leaving your hair feeling dry. Then, when you blow dry your hair, the heat pulls out any remaining moisture.
We recommend using Unclouded's Braiding Hair Treatment. This treatment includes a detox shampoo to remove any build-up and an organic conditioner and preservative that is safe for your scalp and fibers. It will not only moisturize your scalp, but it will moisturize the fibers of the hair when washed with warm water. You also assist with reducing frizziness, adding shine, and making your protective style water ready!
Common Causes of Box Braids Itching
If you find yourself scratching at your box braids, there are several things you should consider before deciding whether or not to remove them.
First, make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the products you use to style your hair.
Second, check with your stylist to see if he or she has ever had issues with box braids itching.
Third, applying some essential oils as hair extensions can increase the dryness of the scalp.
Fourth, wash your braids with Unclouded Hairs Braiding Hair Treatment. Although not 100% guaranteed to completely remove the alkaline preservative from the hair extensions once they are installed, it's worth a try! It's a lot harder to clean your hair extensions once installed because the original chemicals have already been absorbed by your scalp and intertwined with your natural hair and cuticle. Washing your hair prior ensures that all the fibers are being penetrated with a detox and restored with an organic preservative.
Finally, if you still feel like your box braids are causing you discomfort, talk to your hairstylist about removing them.
Treating Box Braides Itching at the Salon
There are two main reasons why box braids itch. One reason is that the product used to style your hair isn’t compatible with your scalp. Another reason is that the product itself contains ingredients that irritate your skin. To avoid these problems, ask your stylist what type of product he or she uses to style your hair. Also, make sure you wash your hair extensions prior to your appointment. If your stylist is providing the extensions, ask them to clean them prior to installation with Unclouded's Braiding Hair Treatment.
Unclouded is the first brand to release a Braiding Hair Treatment that can clean and restore the integrity of the hair with an organic preservative. Our Braiding Hair Shampoo consists primarily of Apple Cider Vinegar and a few other organic, but nut-free ingredients that strip the preservative off of the extensions. The shampoo should be applied to the extensions and then placed in lukewarm warm water for a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour. Immediately following the Braiding Hair Shampoo, our Braiding Hair Conditioner should be applied to the extensions thoroughly, and then placed in warm water (not boiling hot!) for a minimum of 10 minutes. It's important for the water to be warm to ensure that the fibers are open to intaking the organic ingredients. Once your 10-minute clock is up, take the extensions out and allow them to air dry or blow dry them on a low heat seating.
Our Braiding Hair Treatment is a wonderful way to ensure that moisture is being absorbed into your scalp and that the oils you use are actually penetrating your scalp. Just like the original preservative transfers over to your scalp and causes irritation, the ingredients of our organic preservative transfer over to your scalp to moisture.