Many women express their sense of style not only by the clothes they wear but also in their hairstyles. It’s a level of creative expression that only a confident woman can pull off. You know the friend I’m talking about, the one who has the beautiful crochet braids for 2 weeks, takes them out and then has on a sassy wig over the weekend and for work on Monday she is rocking a beautiful burgundy hair color and her creativity is ever changing. It says bold, daring, not afraid of change, and I get bored easily all at the same time. You find this person exciting because you are always on the edge of your seat waiting to see what this hair aficionado does next.
With that being said, let’s discuss caring for our scalp and natural hair while wearing weaves. You often hear the statement, “one can never be too careful,” and I totally agree. In all things, taking precautions is a must and it’s no different when wearing weaves. Many women experience intense itching and irritation of the scalp while wearing weaves, sew-ins, crochet braids, individual braids and it’s being dismissed as just “part of the process.” I’d like you to consider there’s a strong possibility that you are having an allergic reaction to the chemicals placed on the hair, human or synthetic, during the processing phase. These chemical irritants can cause aggressive scratching of the face and or scalp, resulting in face breakouts, scalp infections, and hair loss. If you have any type of unusual itching after installing a weave of any kind, please remove it immediately.
Before installing any weave you need to thoroughly wash the hair to remove skin-irritating chemicals.
First, place your bundles of hair in a large bowl of tepid water and 1 cup of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. Let hair soak in the solution for 15 to 20 minutes. Afterward, rinse thoroughly. Apple cider vinegar is good for many things so I recommend you familiarize yourself with its many health benefits as you may find other uses for it.
Second, place the hair in a separate bath of tepid water with a mild shampoo to cleanse the hair, and rid the hair of the ACV scent. Simply dunk the hair up and down gently to disperse the shampoo through the hair. Afterward, rinse thoroughly.
Third, gently squeeze excess water from the hair and hang to dry. It’s optional but you can also spray a leave-in-conditioner for the pleasant scent. I used Carol’s Daughter Black-Vanilla.
Let the hair completely dry. Now you are ready to install the hair. The hair will look and perform the same if not better and will smell fragrant and not that of chemicals.
You can do this with any type of hair, trust me. My mother places her wigs in the washing machine on the gentle cycle with a mild detergent. Yes, you read that correctly, so please believe me when I say the hair can tolerate a gentle wash and should be washed prior to install. Your scalp will thank you.
The hair used in this article was the Sensationnel Jerry Rumba Twist purchased from Samsbeauty.com
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