Itchy scalp is a common issue even more so when wearing weave or extensions.
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Often you find yourself doing the weave pat, you scratch all day and it just doesn’t seem to let up. To alleviate the itchies and make your protective styling experience more enjoyable here are some tips:
Don’t be afraid to wash your hair
Yes, overtime washing will make your braids look less fresh, but in the long run your scalp will thank you. More often than not your scalp is itching due to product buildup, sweat, and elements from the outside. Washing your hair will give you some relief and allow your scalp to breathe easier. Dilute your shampoo to prevent residue in your braids.
On days where you opt not to wash use an astringent on your scalp
Again, your scalp must be cleansed and if you don’t feel like washing it at least go for a dry shampoo or astringent like witch hazel with aloe vera. This will help to clear up the gunk and buildup on your scalp your putting your scalp more at ease. See other ways to clean your scalp without shampoo.
Don’t pile on too much product
While you definitely don’t want to skip out on moisturizing your hair, you want to avoid piling too much product on your scalp as this can make the itchies even worse. Concentrate your efforts on moisturizing your hair by spritzing with water or a water-based product. Applying this to your scalp is not necessary. Especially if you scalp is already itching your like crazy piling on more product will likely do more harm than good.
Braid sheen or any of these 5 DIY Sprays are perfect.
Use medicated products for dandruff and itchy scalp
Using products like Sulfur 8 Braid Spray should definitely relieve your scalp. Heads up, it is not the best smelling product but it gets the job done. You could also try implementing shampoos like Head and Shoulders or Selson Blue Medicated Shampoo to really take control of a dandruff situation.
Know when it is time to call it quits
What woman doesn’t enjoy the ease of having a get up and go style? Braids are a protective style that definitely make your routine easier but ultimately you need to be able to thoroughly cleanse your hair and scalp . After 1 1/2 to 2 months its definitely time to let it go girl.