Yes. We’re all victims of it. We’ve been spotted in places where we thought no one was looking, combing through our tresses, patting furiously at the top of our heads. An itchy scalp can be extremely uncomfortable. But what causes this annoying feeling?
One of the most common reasons for an itchy scalp is dandruff. It is a condition that is caused by the overgrowth of yeast on our scalp, which triggers inflammation at our roots and itching. The most noticeable downside of dandruff is flaking, or the peeling away of dry layers of the scalp.
Another reason, which is most attributed to braids, is the tight contraction of the skin and lack of moisture and fresh air. If your hair is pulled too tight during the braiding or weaving process, inflammation of hair follicles can develop. When hair is trapped under a net or mass of hair for days without moisture, the scalp gets ridiculously dry, creating a spread of that fiery itching feeling.
How can you make that burning sensation go away:
Consistently moisturizing the scalp is a must. Don’t be afraid to spray your scalp with water. Also find a good nozzle that can be used to get a moisturizing hair cream down to the root of your scalp.
Let it breathe:
Let your tresses hang free. Capping it down, wrapping it up, tying it up with a scarf—you name it, there are several moments throughout the day that we seek to protect our hair. Protection is a great thing, but sometimes all your scalp might need is some breathing room. If you find yourself in a raging itch battle in the middle of the night, try sleeping with your hair bonnet off – use a satin pillow case instead - the air will help soothe the scalp and reduce the pain.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse:
Mix 1/2 cup of ACV with 1 cup of water. Put the ACV mix in a spray bottle, spray it over your scalp and gently massage it into your scalp. Allow the ACV mix to sit for 3 to 5 minutes, then using a large cup pour water over your braids to rinse out the vinegar.
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.
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.