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Hair Allergies Preventing You from Wearing Quick Weaves and Sew-Ins

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Hair Allergies Are Prevalent

And we sometimes dismiss them because it is just an itch.

You can be allergic to the thread, hair glue, chemicals on hair or the hair type. The sad thing is you won’t know until you have already had the quick weave or sew in done. While hair allergies seem to be rare, they are actually pretty, and you may have a hair allergy and not even know it.

Type of Hair Allergies

Anytime your scalp is irritated and itching, there is something that is causing an allergic reaction to your hair. Whether you have a dry scalp or a dirty scalp.

Most hair extensions come chemically processed so you can get more wear out them which can cause a scalp allergic reaction. Sometimes there is no way of escaping the chemicals used on hair. You can always thoroughly wash the hair before getting it installed. Along with chemicals, the hair its self can break your scalp out. The tools or products used to install the quick weave or sew in can also contribute to creating a hair allergy.

If you ever notice that your scalp is becoming red, inflamed, irritated or even peeling, you have experienced a hair allergy, and you need to pay attention to what you put into your hair and how.


Alkaline Base Coat on Synthetic Hair

This coat is placed on the synthetic strands to make it heat resistant.

I mentioned this for two reasons: some people like to wear synthetic hair, and stylists use synthetic braiding hair for the base braid foundation of quick weaves and sew-ins.

This chemical has been discovered to cause that itching you get when your hair is braided. Some people may think it is the actual hair extensions, but it more than likely is the synthetic braiding hair. While this does not entirely prevent you from getting a quick weave or sew in, this can cause considerable irritation to your scalp which will last throughout the installment of the hair extensions.

To prevent this irritation/allergy merely use diluted vinegar and water to rid the hair of this coat. All you have to do is soak the braiding hair before your stylist installs the extensions. Soak the hair for 15-25 minutes or longer if you see fit, you will see the hair change a light brown color.

Once the water turns a light brown, you will be able to tell that the alkaline base coat is no longer on the synthetic hair.

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Allergic Reaction to Hair Glue

When getting a quick weave, the stylist will glue the hair extensions onto a cap.

If the stylist doesn’t use a hair net, that glue can seep through the cap, onto your scalp possibly causing a red, itchy scalp. The reaction can also happen if you are directly placing the hair extensions onto your hair for a quick weave without a cap; which I do not recommend.

If you realize that your scalp is allergic to the hair glue, that is because you are latex sensitive. Latex is a crucial ingredient in the traditional black hair glue, which explains its consistency.

At the beginning of my hair extensions days, I glued a few tracks into my hair to add volume and definitely regretted it. Before I knew there was glue remover, I would glue tracks directly onto my scalp for a flat look while ignoring the itch.

Little did I know that constant itching was my scalp trying to tell me that I was having an allergic reaction to the glue.

An alternative to the black hair glue that we all are familiar with is to use the white hair glue, it has a water base, so it is the consistency of lotion. SalonPro has an excellent hair glue and takes water to come out of your hair. It does leave a little residue, but it does not irritate your skin because of the oils it contains. This glue is safer for your hair and scalp, most brands that I have seen or use essential oils.

This is a common hair allergy that can prevent you from wearing quick weaves. While itching and redness seem mild, there are cases where the symptoms of the hair allergies can worsen.

Once your scalp becomes irritated, it will flake badly which can cause tenderness to your scalp preventing you from being able to wear sew ins or quick weaves.

glue in extensions

Chemically Processed or Unprocessed Hair

It might not be for you.

Sometimes, hair extensions don’t agree with your scalp, and that will positively prevent you from wearing quick weaves and sew-ins.

Chemically processed hair means the hair can be dyed, curled, etc. If you are buying hair extensions that are “natural black,” the dye can cause a hair allergy. Now all hair companies will not cause an allergic reaction but some may. And those are the ones you want to stay away from.

Hair not chemically processed can be of lower quality. And while expensive doesn’t always mean quality, super cheap hair may come unclean. Unclean hair can irritate as well, just as much as chemicals can.

I have had one real allergic reaction to hair extensions, and It was my first time getting a sew in. I bought store bought hair because at this time the wholesale era was not a “thing” just yet. Long story short, I had to get medication from my doctor because my scalp was breaking out in hives; and was itching so bad I could not sleep. That was the last time I ever tried store-bought hair: lesson learned.

If you buy store bought hair, don’t let my experience turn you away. Just make sure that you are getting a reputable brand and washing the hair thoroughly before installation.

damaged hair

Worth the Trial and Error

Beauty and hair are all about finding what works best for you and sticking with that. Its also about trial and error and trying new things.

While there are more hair allergies to look out for, I feel these are some of the most important ones. And ones I can speak about personally. Look on forums, check out reviews and ask people about the brand of hair you decide to get.

If you come across hair or products that cause a hair allergy that will prevent you from being able to rock your hair extensions, spread the word and leave that product/hair company alone.

Remember, sharing is caring!

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19 thoughts on “Hair Allergies Preventing You from Wearing Quick Weaves and Sew-Ins

  1. Estelle Ahou Goli says:

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    This does not only apply to human hair but also synthetic hair.
    I have a client who needed to soak her braiding hair in apple cider vinegar and peroxide for at least an hour to prevent her scalp from itching. She said it works for her, I just never knew. Most people don’t wash their hair extensions before installing it which might be part of the problem. I always make sure to soak my extensions in a large bowl with:
    1 pint of warm water or more
    1 cup of conditioner
    1 tablespoon of Clorox bleach
    to disinfect and remove any chemical used while processing the hair.

  2. Antoinette O’Bee says:

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    This is some need to know info right here! Although I do soak any extensions I use for 24 hours in acv, this is something not everyone knows to do. There were many times before when I’ve had to take down beautiful styles only a day or two after having them, due to unbearable itchiness.

    1. Jamika says:

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      Did you oil your scalp before putting in the weaves? Or washing your hair beforehand?

    2. Caluchee says:

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      I have been miserable all week putting acv around edges, patting, rubbing, and scratching. I have gotten so many compliments, but I think I have to give it up.

  3. Jamika says:

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    Wow! Any type of scalp irritation could be an allergic reaction, that makes sense. I have this wig and every time I put it on the front of my head start itching and I’m always wondering why. It doesn’t last long, but still, I’m always wondering why it stays itching. My scalp might be allergic to a lot of things lol.

  4. Jamika walker says:

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    Hair allergies aren’t cool, there are other options to prevent them!

  5. Pairie Rhodes says:

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    Omg! I am so glad you all made this article. I personally am allergic to Alkaline Base Coat on Synthetic Hair. When I was graduating 8th grade, I had the mid of my hair sewn in with braids around it. It was so itchy to the point that I could not stand it. My mom had paid around $150. When I tell you I scratched a hole in my scalp, I really meant it. I had my scalp under my nails! For a long time, I did not understand why every time I got French braids with braiding hair, my scalp would get so irritated. I kind of just chalked up as a loss so I never really get braids with synthetic hair on my scalp.

  6. Shay Cole says:

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    Wow, I didn’t know there were so many ways hair extensions that can cause irritation! Thank you for sharing this info and also sharing ways to try and prevent these allergic reactions. Very useful!

  7. SHAYNNA WASH says:

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    Some people don’t realize the itch is part of a possible allergic reaction. “Its just something that comes with it” is usually what we hear. I found out about acv for synthetic braiding hair with my daughter. I had gotten her hair done at a salon and her scalp did not agree with it at all. I struggled with keeping her hair in protected styles because she liked to pull at her hair. When I heard about acv it was such a relief because it was just what she needed. I’m 29 now and I had ignored the itch my whole life. It took for my daughter to have an unhappy reaction that I started thinking about our scalp health related to extensions. This is a great read. These are the things we need to pay attention to.

  8. Erika Davies says:

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    This is another great read!! Though I don’t have any allergies I have noticed that my skin has become more sensitive when I wear synthetic protective styles like crochet. What I’ve done to overcome this is I soak the hair in ACV (apple cider vinegar) and warm water, for about an hour which has helped tremendously. Another technique that has helped is keeping my scalp moisturized, this alleviates the itchy scalp.

  9. Renee Mitchell says:

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    Hair allergies are rare, however, I had a reaction from some hair I ordered from my stylist and she also installed it, about a year ago. To my knowledge, she said the hair was pre-washed. However, My scalp, my neck, and my ears became irritated and red. Due to my sensitivity to chemically induced products, I had to be selective on the quality of hair I purchased moving forward, and thoroughly clean it with sulfate free products before installing it.

  10. Renee M says:

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    Hair allergies are rare, however, I had a reaction from some hair I ordered from my stylist and she also installed it, about a year ago. To my knowledge, she said the hair was pre-washed. However, My scalp, my neck, and my ears became irritated and red. Due to my sensitivity to chemically induced products, I had to be selective on the quality of hair I purchased moving forward, and thoroughly clean it with sulfate free products before installing it.

  11. Renee Mitchell says:

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    Moisturizing my scalp with coconut oil when my hair is braided, or when wearing extensions help me prevent itching and scalp irritation.

  12. Jamika walker says:

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    Castor oil helps with itching as well! I also found that deep conditioning for awhile also helps.

  13. Tiffany Halll says:

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    Wow this is very interesting, I never knew to think thread or glue could be an allergy, I just it inching because of new growth and also needing to be washed, I but I don’t think I have any allergies from the glue or thread it usually takes several days for the inching to take place for me.

  14. Melissa Brown says:

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    I never thought that the itching could be from a hair allergy! Whenever I wear braids my scalp tends to itch more. I never tried the acv soak before, but I think if I ever decide to get braids again I will try it. Yes, certain types of hair makes my scalp itch more. I had some raw hair in my head a few months back, and one day I noticed my neck had broke out. I think it was the hair and the chemicals my stylist had used. That was the first time I had ever broke out while wearing extensions, but it hasn’t stopped me from continuing to wear them. Using hair glue can cause your scalp to become irritated especially if you put it directly on your scalp. If I do a quick weave now I use a cap and hair net. I tried quick weaves directly on my hair, but I don’t recommend it unless you use some type of barrier between your hair and the glue. Lastly, that store-bought hair can make your hair itch especially if it is cheap!! Don’t get me wrong some of it is not to bad, but I can see the difference between PLE hair and the beauty supply hair. This was a good article!

  15. Chiquita says:

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    Yesss. I needed to read this, One of my cousins once got box braids done and kept saying she thinks she’s allergic to synthetic braiding hair. I had a feeling she was too because her scalp not only turned red and flaky but it was like swollen or inflamed. Never thought about it being the chemicals in the hair though.

  16. Britt says:

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    Has anyone that previously suffered from bad itching and burning with weaves come across a real unprocessed virgin hair that does not cause this? Please share.

  17. The Lion says:

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    Be careful ladies. I’ve been bonding extensions since the late 1980s and within 10 years I developed a latex allergy. It started while I was in the hospital with the tape used on my IV line. I never realized the glue was the source of my problem until a few years ago. Then recently I wore a pair of dishwashing gloves for 2 hours while cleaning the house and my arms ending up covered in huge red painful hives (itchy and burning). Then I read that every time you expose your body to latex the allergy becomes more severe and can even cause anaphylactic shock ( You can die from this, SERIOUSLY!!!) I no longer can wear band-aids, gloves, or anything else that contain latex. I was looking online for latex-free extension glue bonders, but haven’t found anything yet. 🙁 Please be careful and pay attention to your skin, it took me 25 years before my allergy to latex became SEVERE and Dangerous. NEVER put in any hair that hasn’t been washed first. Luckily, I always hated the smell of new extension hair and always repeatedly washed and conditioned it before applying it. God knows what other health problems I would have developed if I had not been washing that hair all these years. :O Good Luck. 😀

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