Don’t Pat Your Head to Death
Ladies, we all are guilty of the infamous 'pat your weave until it stops itching' movement.
I know I'll pat my head until I get a headache or my mom yells at me. We do this because, #1, we are too lazy to get up and get something to scratch with; #2, we don't know what to use and #3, we don't know what is causing it to itch so badly.
Treat your hair before you get your hair extensions installed
It's not rocket science that you must wash your hair often, especially before installing hair
extensions for weeks at a time.
The key to an adequately clean scalp is the right shampoo and conditioner. In addition, you want
to ensure that you use moisturizing products that will not dry out your hair. Once you thoroughly
wash and condition your hair, applying a moisturizing agent before styling is always best.
That product can be anything from light oil, soothing cream, or a leave-in conditioner. It is also always the stylist's job to ensure their client's hair is ready for installation. They usually will grease your scalp upon completion of the braiding foundation.
Now that 'take care of your hair 101' is over, let's get to the meat of this article, which talks about tools to help relieve you of an itchy weave.
Six Scalp Soothing Tools
I know what you are thinking: can't you just use something pointy or pat your head until the itching stops? Of course, you can; you are free to do what you please, ladies, but know there are more efficient ways to relieve yourself of that annoying itch.
Queen Bey definitely told us to pat our weaves, but I don't think she intended it to be aggressive and non-flattering, especially when there are products we can use to relieve the itch. Stop giving yourself a headache and try out these tools below:
Rat Tail Combs
Yes, using the end of a rat tail comb will help soothe your weave's constant itching. This styling tool has been around for decades and helps with more than just combing and parting your hair. I've found that the rat tail combs work best to get to those tight, hard-to-reach spots—one of the most iconic soothing tools for itchy weaves.
Stay away from the steel-ended rat tail combs if you can, as they can cause you to scratch your scalp beyond just getting at the itch of your weave. In addition, you can pick at your scalp so much with the steel end that you can draw blood and cause further irritation.
Scalp massaging brushes
These things work wonders on the scalp, and they feel amazing! You are probably familiar with that part of the shampoo process when your stylist brushes your hair, and you melt a little in the chair because it feels so amazing and gives you the chills. This brush is what they use, the scalp massaging brush.
Many companies make these, so you have options. These brushes are also great for dandruff and multifunctional at their best!
This three-prong tool is similar to a hair pick. It is relatively long but has a curve to it. The scalp soother is the ideal tool to scratch that itch on your head and get in between those tight weave tracks. The scalp soother is another multifunctional tool that can also be used during wash day.
Scalp Bliss Itch Calming Dipstix Set
This is nothing like the other tools mentioned, but this might be the answer you ladies have been searching for. This tool is a probing pointer that scratches and an organic serum that helps relieve that itchy sensation. This soothing scalp tool can be applied directly to the scalp before, during, or after your hair extensions are installed. With many organic ingredients and nourishing oils, this tool will be sure to help out with itching.
Apply dry shampoo directly to your scalp. It acts as a cooling spray when applied to your scalp instead of your hair. On top of serving as a cooling agent, dry shampoo helps pull excess oils, dirt, and debris from your scalp: the main reason for the itching.
Dry shampoo does not replace regular shampoo; it can make your hair sticky and weigh it down with excessive use. So remember, apply directly to the scalp to relieve that itch.
Natural remedies for scalp itching
You can make the concoction that works for you and spray it on your scalp before and during the install of your weave. One that works well for me is apple cider vinegar or witch hazel combined with water and Seabreeze.
Seabreeze is an old-school treatment that works wonders for a sensitive or irritated scalp, as it is an astringent. Always do your research on ingredients before making this mixture. However, this tool is still helpful, inexpensive, and lasts forever because you won't need that much when applying.
Reasons why your scalp is itchy
Before buying tools or products to relieve the itch, first, it's best to know what irritates your scalp. Knowing precautions will permanently save your time, effort, and money, and who doesn't want to save?!
A dry scalp
The main reason for your hair to itch once your hair extensions are in place. Always ensure you use moisturizing products before getting your hair extensions installed.
Please do not use too much oil, as it will cause your hair to become dirty, and where there is dirt, there will be irritation. Don't be afraid to wash, moisturize and condition your installation. between salon visits if you see fit.
An irritated scalp
Along with the right duo of shampoo and conditioner, you always need to ensure that your scalp isn't irritated before or during installation. Make sure that your stylist isn't braiding your hair too tight. Weaving too tightly can cause the scalp to tense up, which will cause irritation that leads to dryness and scabs, creating an itchy weave.
Your Braid foundation is too tight
Make sure your stylist isn't braiding too tightly together. Braiding too closely together leaves little to no breathing room for your scalp. What does something do when it cannot breathe? It will suffocate, and so can your scalp.
Medical/Skin related issues
Don’t Forget The Basics
If you have any medical or skin-related problem that affects your scalp, please see a dermatologist or physician before you try, and self-medicate.
Some conditions can cause a person's scalp to be extremely sensitive, leading to this article's main topic. If you have any situation like previously mentioned, please find another method of wearing extensions so that your scalp can breathe and efficiently heal.
In the great words of Queen Bey, "Pat your weave ladies, "but before you pat yourself into a coma, check out these tools and some natural remedies. Don't forget to look into why exactly your scalp is so itchy. Continue to take care of your hair, and adequately wash it before and while you have in your hair extensions.
See a dermatologist if the itching persists to no avail after you have exhausted all options. Oil is your friend, but never use it too frequently or in large amounts because dirt will become your best friend, and your scalp will have buildup and become irritated.
I hope this helped; comment below with any other helpful tools or tips you have, and let us know if any of the above has been of great use.