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.

(Recipe from: NaturalHairRules.com)


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!

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

  • What if you have senagalese twists? Will this also work?

    • I found your blog while searching for a relief or a remedy. The burning sensation is driving me crazy. I was seriously about to cut all of this hair out until I read this. I’ve stayed away from braids for years because of burning and itching, thinking it was chemicals or the stray hair were poking my scalp. It had gotten so bad my scalp swelled up and turned red. Thank you for this post. I’m going to try the acv & water right now.

  • When spraying the apple cider vinegar and water solution on your scalp do you wash it out or leave it in? I’m afraid to wash my hair because I don’t want it to frizz. I just got them so I don’t want them to already look like I’ve had them for 4 months.

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