It all starts with a little tingle. Then a light itch or two. You keep going about your day, then BOOM. The itchiness rapidly increases. Now you feel your hair is on fire and you want your money back from that “darn hair stylist” and then you make an “she got me Fu’d up face like mines”.
There are stylists that will ask clients about their scalp and if they are allergic to anything synthetic that they know of. The stylist might even go an extra mile in asking if you are prone to itchy scalp so that he/she can wash the alkaline out of the braiding hair that most manufacturers produce today.
And just so you are aware, the alkaline base is meant to keep the synthetic hair from not sticking onto each other, but it also makes it resistance to heat–it basically keeps the hair intact for purchase. This is cool and all, until you are like seeing red scabs and flakes from extreme itchiness. I would go off on how it is unethical for a hair stylist to not ask or educate a client about their scalp, but instead I’ll be letting you know that the itchiness from Faux Locs can be fixed! So no, you don’t need to take down your Locs.
Let me disclose that even though your synthetic hair is washed in Apple cider vinegar prior to installation, you might be simply experiencing normal itchiness that might stem from your scalp being dry, in which case you need to moisturize it. Or you might be due for a wash.
You can follow these 4 steps for Braids since synthetic hair is used. Faux Locs hair and Braiding hair are all synthetic hair, to be clear.
Step 1: Grab a Spray bottle
Step 2: A bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with the Mother in it.
Organic ACV is the way to go!
Step 3: Any of the two anti-fungal/anti-inflammatory essential oils below:
Peppermint oil: The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties in this oil soothes itchy scalp and brings dandruff to a very bare minimum and defends against head lice. Peppermint oil causes a tingle-like and cold feeling on the scalp. This increases circulation on scalp and promotes hair growth!
Peppermint oil causes a tingle-like and cold feeling on the scalp. This increases circulation on scalp and promotes hair growth!
Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil has anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties, which makes it effective for treating dandruff, itchiness, and flaky scalp. If you do not like the tingle feeling peppermint oil has, you may opt for Tea tree oil.
This oil not only moisturizes the scalp, but also controls excess oil production that prevent hair follicles from hair growth.
Step 4: A Measuring Cup & ANY Distilled Water. i.e: Poland Spring. I highly recommend using distilled water but, if you do not have it readily available, click on this link to find out how to DIY distill water. If you are simply not in the mood, just use warm tap water.
- In the spray bottle, mix 2 table spoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 teaspoon of any of the two essential oils and ¼ cup of water
- Shake together and spray into all areas of scalp and use your finger tips to massage them in thoroughly. Do this as many times as you get itchiness. From my experience of wearing Faux locs with synthetic hair, I had to do this process 2-4 times a week for the first 2 weeks of wearing them. As time went on the itchiness stopped and I only ended doing this from once a week to once every two weeks. It varies person to person. See what works for you and treat your scalp accordingly.