So for my first post, I decided to talk about something that may or may not have happened to you but definitely happens to me all the time.
Ever wondered why after a couple of days of installing your gorgeous box braids or senegalese twists, you start to experience crazy itching scalp? I did too for a very long time and decided my scalp was probably reacting to the extensions. I thought nothing further of it until I was browsing the internet last week and found lots of videos talking about the exact same thing.
It turns out that all synthetic extensions aka ‘xpression’ or ‘kanekalon’ hair is coated with an alkaline base that prevents moulding and is also supposed to make the hair shine. This is the main culprit behind the itchy scalp problems. Say what?
The solution? Simple, doing an ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse before installing your box braids or twists will help neutralise the chemicals and save your scalp and your brain from all that tapping and scratching which can drive you crazy especially at night time.
What you will need:
- Apple cider vinegar
- sink or bowl
To prepare the hair, just add 1/4 cup of ACV to water in a bowl or sink and soak hair for about 15 to 20 mins, let hair dry and voila, hair is ready to be used. Also for those worried about the vinegar smell, it disappears once hair is completely dry.
note: do not unravel hair before soaking as this could lead to tangles and be gentle when handling the hair to avoid making a mess of extensions.
This method can also be used for synthetic weaves, kinky hair and also as a pre-treatment for hair that will be used in braids for weave.
Hope this helps.