How to Slay your Braids without the ‘Itch’

How to Slay your Braids without the ‘Itch’
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Nat­ur­al hair is beau­ti­ful but wash days are a bitch! Ded­i­cat­ing a whole day to pre-poo, wash, con­di­tion, treat, and style your hair is the norm. But, let’s be hon­est nat­ur­al hair is a full-time job– one in which, we like to take time off from. Espe­cial­ly with sum­mer right around the cor­ner!

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Most of our go-to pro­tec­tive styles are braids,plaits and twists. Endur­ing 4–6 hours of braid time is total­ly worth it because it reduces con­stant manip­u­la­tion and aids in growth reten­tion of the hair. After all, the goal is to pre­serve your hair from dam­age since it is a valu­able pos­ses­sion.


I’ve been wear­ing braids and plaits since I was a lit­tle girl. It was an easy way to grow my hair and keep it look­ing nice for a long peri­od of time.

Although I enjoyed the intri­cate designs and long tress­es I can’t help but remem­ber my scalp pro­fuse­ly itch­ing cou­pled with the aching from the tight­ness; this made the first few days mis­er­able.

Ice and anti-itch braid spray were my best attempt at putting out the wild­fire that was danc­ing its way through my scalp.

I just sucked up the uncom­fort­able­ness to being part of the black girl hair expe­ri­ence.


Until I start­ed con­nect­ing the dots.….


What’s in Braiding Hair?

The braid­ing hair I was using (kanekelon, expres­sions) was actu­al­ly an irri­tant to my scalp and with good rea­son.

Syn­thet­ic braid­ing hair is coat­ed with Aka­line Lye. The man­u­fac­tur­er dis­trib­utes this chem­i­cal to pro­duce a wear or heat resis­tant prod­uct.

How­ev­er, this process is what leaves those tiny bumps at the nape of your neck and around your hair­line. Also, it caus­es the scalp to get irri­tat­ed, dry and itchy.

Don’t fret! I’m not telling you to give up the beau­ti­ful pro­tec­tive styles and if I did how many of you would lis­ten? lol

You can still wear them but you can choose one or two options to get the most out of your pro­tec­tive styleswith­out the irri­ta­tion


Option 1: Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

You can remove the alka­line lye that caus­es irri­ta­tion by soak­ing it in apple cider vine­gar.

  • Obtain a bowl large enough to place hair in
  • Fill the bowl with warm water adding a cup of ACV
  • Place hair into the bowl for 20 min­utes
  • Remove the hair when you see the white film appear
  • dump the acv mix­ture and rinse the hair with warm water
  • Squeeze excess water and let the hair air dry.
  • you will notice a white film and thats the aka­line lye.

Option 2: Antibacterial Hair

Antibacterial braiding hair

I recent­ly got my hair done and found a bet­ter alter­na­tive to soak­ing hair. Hair that is antibac­te­r­i­al and pre-stretched. For the first time in my life, I actu­al­ly, feel my hair is being pro­tect­ed and not irri­tat­ed. There’s absolute­ly no crazy itch­ing sen­sa­tion and the hair is smooth and light­weight.


How to Slay Your braids without the irritation

Ladies, be aware and slay on with­out the added irri­ta­tion!

Have you expe­ri­enced any irri­ta­tion from braid­ing hair? Share below in the com­ments.

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