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Scalp care on braided hair

Happy new year, I hope 2020 will bring perfect vision into your life. Throughout this holiday, I had the comfort or rather the luxury of getting my hair braided for the holidays. Normally depending on the length of time I have available I tend not to do it as much as I would when I was a lot younger.

Getting hair braided

Now depending on how often you get your hair into a protective styling which is what is often common especially on afro hair, I decided to have it styled for the Christmas period. I ended up doing a hairstyle, which I had not done in a long time which typically I would do when going to school. I would say that it’s quite similar to the style below, however it was just with my own hair. After washing it with a wonderful shampoo, that smelled amazing which my sister wanted me to try as we were both doing our hair together, I had to get it blow-dried for the styling.

Getting the hair braided was quick and it took about 45 mins to 1 hour. I had to wait in the salon for my sister as we had gone together. After three hours at the hair-dressers, we ended up going home and got complimented on our looks, we both had different styles. To give a description of my hairdo, I had my hair braided up to the middle of my scalp and also a few braids hanging towards the front of my face. My sister had a simple braid back as she wanted to put a wig on and did not really want anything fancy.

Now one thing I did not mention was that before the hair was braided, I asked the lady to oil my hair but I did not check to see if the ingredients would be problematic to my scalp. In the first week all was well, however I started feeling slightly itchy on my scalp. By the second week, my scalp actually got really itchy. I was trying not to scratch it unecessarily, however there was no relief in sight.

Scalp care

Normally, after hair is braided, different individuals normally maintain their scalps in many ways. Some individuals try to avoid washing their scalps as that would loosen the braid and therefore causing their hair to look unkempt. Due to the fact that I had just braided my own hair I knew that by washing it, It would get frizzy. Therefore I took some olive oil spray which I had and used it to ensure that my scalp stayed well moisturised. It seemed to work for a few days, however after some time it also became a little ineffective. I needed some type of solution and for me using the harsher shampoos with sulfate it would have an impact on my hair by causing it to be too dry.

I dared to leave my hair for two weeks, however by the end of the second week it was quite flaky and I had to do something about it. Therefore I ended up getting some tea tree oil conditioner and one of my favourite himalaya shampoo. When I washed my scalp, I put the shampoo in place twice as I kept scrubbing and rinsing it. Once I had the conditioner on my scalp, I left it for about 5 mins in order to feel the impact. It felt really clean. I ended up rinsing my hair and my scalp was in great condition. The only thing I ended up doing was putting some oil on my scalp to ensure that it does not get dry.

Now sometimes for the sake of ensuring that the braid stays intact an individual can decided to forgo washing, however from that moment, I learnt that I cannot do that on my scalp, it’s just too sensitive to be left as it is.

I think it’s normal to have an itchy scalp after you braid and basically it’s because your hair is being pulled from the scalp. Additionally, some individuals tend to leave their braids without worrying about how to moisturise it.

Moisture

It’s very important to make sure that even though you have your hair in a protective style that you are maintaining it. There is still growth and your hair will keep shedding regardless of the fact that you are not combing it everyday. Although your braids  can get a little loose, it’s nothing to worry about as the condition of your scalp is important to stimulate your cuticles to help your hair in growing. You don’t want to have your hair braided and once you remove your braids, your hair is also coming off with the braids.

A clean scalp will help in getting your hair to grow. I have also listed a few products at the bottom that are great for braided hair in ensuring that it remains moisturised. If you are allergic to some of the ingredients, make sure that you use something that will suit you. A lot of individuals use what others tell them but not everything will work for you.

Some of the sprays that help when hair is braided are:

  1. Sulfur 8 braid spray medicated anti-dandruff treatment
  2. Jamaican Mango and lime maximum  no more itch gro spray
  3. African royale brx braid and extension sheen spray
  4. Dudu-Osun anti-itch braiding spray
  5. Parnevu T tree braid spray
  6. Ashea braiding and lock spray

I have not listed all of them, however there are quite a few brands that provide these types of products that can be useful for your scalp. The benefit of most of these products is that they minimize itchiness and maximize your hair growth.

Through this little experiment that I tried over the holiday period, I realised how important it was for me to maintain a clean scalp as I mentioned earlier I don’t really braid my hair too much.  Be careful to keep your scalp clean no matter how  frizzy your hair will look. Additionally, if your hair does not hold a braid for a long time, there is no use in keeping it on your scalp for too long.

Has anyone ever put in braids for far too long on their scalp? If you did, what did you do about it?

10 replies on “Scalp care on braided hair”

Thanks a lot for such an amazing review about Scalp care on braided hair and explanation are given.

I want to do my hair so that’s why I decided to read on the internet about it. I have been searching for an article for a long time about this but I didn’t find much on the internet and if I found it was very poorly Explained. When I came to this site I found out everything I needed.

Thanks again for this post. If you don’t mind, I will share this article on my social media account. Good luck!

Hi Razvanllie, Thank you for the quick response yes that’s true not many people help when it comes to an itchy scalp, I hope this has helped you and feel free to share the article. 

Hi Keri, thanks for the information. My wife she is always having her hair scalp itching and we didn’t know the reason behind. Now we know and she will do so too. Article is very informative and based on real experience.

Hi Lucky, yes she should definitely try the itch free product Thanks for your comment I hope it helps her in future.

Great read. I have had itchy scalp issues as well. I recall that the tea tree oil shampoo was relieving for me as well. Do you recommend buying a pre-made shampoo with tea tree oil, adding it in to shampoo yourself or just putting it directly on the affected areas?

Hi DP, Thanks for you comment, in terms of shampoo, it is advisable to get pre-made tea tree shampoo, because if you want you actually get tea tree oil, you cannot put it directly on your scalp as it can burn, you would have to mix it with your conditioner before applying it.

We always thought that having your hair braided poses a lot of challenges. We did not realize that scalp care in these situations are equally important. We would assume that one’s choice of oil/shampoo to use would be heavily influenced by how one’s hair/scalp reacts to it. What other considerations would one need to take into account?

There’s quite a few things, firstly you need to make sure that even though you use the right shampoo you also have to make sure that you moisturize it as well otherwise your hair can get quite dry and fragile. Additionally, you have to make sure that you don’t put it in for too long because then your hair may get a lot of build-up which will be a challenge to comb out when removing the braids. These are a few things to consider when you have braided hair, It’s not that easy maintaining it.

Hi Sharon, there’s so much required, that I just thought it would be great to provide information especially since I normally braid and sometimes people are constantly asking what they should do.

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