3 Product Hacks To Relieve Itchy Braids

Feb 24, 2022

I don’t know who needs to hear this but, if your braids are hurting you, take them down!

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Taking braids down earlier than expected feels like a loss because you spent time and money, but nothing is worth permanent damage to your hair and scalp. Excessive scratching, bleeding, burning, or painful scabs are examples of your scalp telling you it is irritated.

A little itchiness is normal, but excessive itching is a strong indicator that your braids are too tight or your scalp is aggravated. Another cause of aggravation could be the ingredients in a product. By making a few changes in your hair routine, you may be able to identify what’s making your scalp so itchy.

So, before you grab the scissors, consider some of these modifications below to relieve itchiness and get the most out of your braided style!

1. AVOID fragrance INSTEAD check the ingredients on the label

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The term fragrance means a combination of toxic ingredients that are classified by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) as hormone-disruptors, neurotoxins, carcinogens, and phthalates, that are all associated with known health risks.

Fragrance is found in candles, hair products, body washes, perfumes, and many other common household products making it tough to avoid. Be sure to check your labels and try using fragrance-free products like Jamaican Mango & Lime Black Xtra Dark Black Castor Oil.

All forms of this oil are not fragrance-free so read the label before purchasing.

2. Use a citrus apple cider vinegar spray instead of tea tree or peppermint

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Peppermint and tea tree oil are great for cleansing the scalp because they absorb oil and leave a refreshing scent. If your scalp is naturally dry, or dries out easily, the downside is that applying peppermint or tea tree daily could result in a serious itch. Instead of applying a product with peppermint or tea tree oil, dab your parts with a hot washcloth and use a citrus apple cider vinegar (ACV) spray to clean your scalp.This is easily made by combining the following into a spray bottle.

  • 1 part ACV
  • 3 parts water
  • 3 to 10 drops of lemon, lime, or orange oil

Be sure to dilute your ACV or it can also leave your scalp itchy. You don’t need much.

3. AVOID mousse and gel to tame frizz INSTEAD oil your scalp daily

Both mousse and hair gel have fragrance in them and are products meant to hold the hair in place, which creates a buildup of product on your scalp over time. Instead of using mousse or hair gel on your braids, use fragrance-free oils to tame frizz, add shine, and moisturize your scalp.

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One way to ensure your oils don’t have fragrance is to buy them in the cooking section of the grocery store.

Coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil are all easy and affordable options to grease your scalp. If you’re shopping at the beauty store, I always recommend Jamaican Mango & Lime Xtra Dark Black Castor Oil, but read the label because not all versions of this brand are fragrance-free.

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