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Did You Know? The Reason Why Braiding Hair Makes You Itch Like Crazy

Why Braiding Hair Itches
Everyone loves the beauty and the ease of braid extension styles, but what isn’t so cool is the terrible itching! Thankfully there is a solution to prevent this from happening so you can enjoy your braids without having that unpleasant itch.

Well, why is synthetic hair so itchy?

To make the hair heat resistant a coating of Akaline Lye is sprayed on the hair. So when you are burning the ends of the hair or using boiling hot water to curl the Kanekalon hair, you have the Akaline to thank. The Akaline also helps to make the product more sanitary and aids in preventing mold and other growths. Unfortunately many people’s scalps become easily irritated by this coating which is why even on the first day of getting your braids you may find it to be quite itchy.

How to make the hair less itchy

Option 1: Soak your hair in a solution of water and apple cider vinegar.


1. Fill your sink or a bowl large enough to fit your braiding hair in with warm water.

2. Add in a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar

3. Let the hair set in the solution until you see a white film appear.

4. Take the hair out of the solution and rinse with water.

5. Remove the excess water and let the hair air dry until you are ready to use.

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Option 2: Wash the hair with regular shampoo 

You can just opt to use a shampoo to help remove the Akaline base.


Option 3: Spray your scalp with a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar

Have you already gotten your hair installed? Well you can opt to spray your scalp a spray bottle filled warm water and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar.

Breanna Rutter explains more about this in her video below:



Have you gotten the itchies from your braiding hair? Sound off in the comments!

Ariane (Editor-in-Chief)

I am Ariane, full-time curly crusader, wife and mom. On this website we offer natural hair products, FREE natural hair tips, style ideas and support. More about my hair journey can be found here.

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  1. Eva Eneremadu says:

    Oh thank God for this article. I couldn’t even sleep last two nights because of the terrible itch and my poor husband spent two whole nights by scratching my head and applying oils that gave me at least little relief. I thought the reason is because the material is bit rough for my skin but it seems like it is really the chemicals. I am going to soak myself in vinegar first thing in the morning 😂

  2. Felicia Sterling says:

    I just had box braids installed on Sunday. Today is Tuesday night. Sunday and Monday I experienced itching from the tension but that was tolerable. Today I rinsed my scalp just to ease some of the tension and when I came out of the bathroom my scalp was itching like crazy. I started to have an allergic reaction all over my face, neck and ears. I think I rinsed off the chemicals from the hair and got a reaction. I am going to rinse with ACV in the morning but for tonight I took a Benadryl tablet and hopefully will sleep through the night. I had this reaction the in August when I got larger box braids in a bob style. It was so bad I had to buy a shirt that covered my whole neck and shoulders to keep the itch away. It took about 2 weeks before the itchiness resolved. I used Tea Tree Oil everyday to help calm it to a tolerable level. This is ridiculous!

  3. Have you tried the Cantu apple cider vinegar line; it helps with my scalp when wearing twists.

  4. Mona Wilson says:

    Thanks, I’m out town,but I will try ACV treatment.

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