How to care for braids that itch

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How to care for braids that itch
Braids can be practical but keep your scalp clean to avoid itching. (beautiful Asian girl with braids image by Gina Smith from

If you put braids in as extensions to your own hair they can be very practical and can provide you with an easy to wear hairstyle that needs little maintenance. However, braids often itch. To take care of itching braids and stop the irritation, use a combination of good hair care and anti-itching products, after which your braids will be a lot more comfortable.

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Things you need

  • Braid spray with anti-itching component
  • Distilled water
  • Lavender oil
  • Almond oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Sea Breeze or tea tree oil
  • Cotton swabs
  • Diluted shampoo

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    Spray a conditioning braid spray or mist with an anti-itch component on your braids every day. This will not only keep the braids in good condition and reduce itching, but will also keep the hair under your braids healthy. You can buy these sprays at a beauty supply store or you can make our own. To make your own, fill a spray bottle with distilled water, add a couple of drops of almond oil and lavender oil and shake well.

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    Soak a cotton swab with an astringent such as tea tree oil and wipe your scalp. This prevents the build up and residue that causes itching.

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    Wash your braids once every one to two weeks with a diluted shampoo. Pay attention to your scalp, which is where dirt builds up and causes itching.

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