The Ultimate Guide to Soothing Your Scalp with Braids and Extensions

The Ultimate Guide to Soothing Your Scalp with Braids and Extensions

Braided styles and extensions are popular choices for many, especially during the summer months. These styles offer convenience, protection, and versatility. However, one common issue that comes up is an itchy, dry scalp. Understanding why this happens and how to manage it can make a world of difference in maintaining both comfort and style.

If you’re wondering what causes scalp itchiness with braids, particularly with synthetic hair, and how to alleviate this discomfort you’ll want to keep reading!

Why Do Braids and Extensions Cause Itchiness?

When wearing braids and extensions, especially with synthetic hair, many women experience increased scalp itchiness. Several factors contribute to this:

  • Tight Braiding: Tightly braided hair can pull on the scalp, causing irritation and discomfort. This tension can lead to a dry, itchy scalp.
  • Synthetic Hair Sensitivity: Synthetic hair is often coated with alkaline solutions or chemicals to preserve and maintain its appearance. These chemicals can irritate the scalp, leading to itching and dryness. [1]
  • Lack of Airflow: Braids and extensions cover large areas of the scalp, limiting airflow and trapping sweat and bacteria. This can create an environment conducive to itchiness and discomfort.
  • Product Buildup: Using heavy styling products can lead to buildup on the scalp, clogging pores and exacerbating dryness and itching.


How to Alleviate Scalp Itchiness

Managing scalp health while wearing braids and extensions involves keeping the scalp clean, hydrated, and moisturized. Here are some effective strategies:

Hydration with Hair Mists: A hydrating hair mist like Nature's Nectress Lemongrass Hydrating Hair Mist is perfect for soothing and refreshing the scalp. This mist contains ingredients like Lemongrass Hydrosol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, and Glycerin, which hydrate and calm the scalp.

Lock in Moisture with Oils and Serums: After hydrating, it's essential to lock in that moisture with a nourishing oil or serum. Nature's Nectress Rosemary Hair & Scalp Moisturizing Oil is ideal for this purpose. It contains ingredients like Amla Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, and Rosemary Leaf Oil, which are known for their moisturizing and soothing properties. [2]

Gentle Cleansing: Use a mild, sulfate-free shampoo to cleanse your scalp and hair gently. Avoid products with harsh chemicals that can strip natural oils.

Scalp Massages: Regular scalp massages can stimulate blood flow and promote a healthier scalp. Use your fingertips to gently massage your scalp with the moisturizing oil to enhance its effectiveness.

Protective Styling: Ensure that your braids are not too tight. Opt for larger sections to reduce tension on your scalp.

Regular Maintenance: Keep your scalp clean and free from product buildup. Wash your hair regularly with a focus on the scalp, and follow up with the hydrating mist and moisturizing oil.


Why Are Nature’s Nectress Products Good For An Itchy Scalp? 

Nature's Nectress Lemongrass Hydrating Hair Mist combines natural ingredients that offer multiple benefits for your scalp:

  • Lemongrass Hydrosol: Refreshes and hydrates the scalp.
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: Soothes and calms irritated skin. [3]
  • Glycerin: Locks in moisture, preventing dryness.

Nature's Nectress Rosemary Hair & Scalp Moisturizing Oil is formulated with powerful, natural oils to provide deep hydration and soothe the scalp:

  • Amla Seed Oil: Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, it strengthens the scalp and hair.
  • Rosemary Leaf Oil: Stimulates scalp and improves circulation.
  • Grape Seed Oil: Lightweight and non-greasy, it moisturizes and nourishes the scalp.

Incorporating these products into your haircare routine can significantly reduce scalp itchiness and dryness, especially when wearing braids or extensions. By using the Lemongrass Hydrating Hair Mist and Rosemary Hair & Scalp Moisturizing Oil, you can ensure that your scalp stays hydrated, nourished, and comfortable throughout the summer.

Embrace the natural, clean beauty solutions from Nature's Nectress and give your scalp the care it deserves. Try these products today and experience the difference!


[1] Tucker, A. O. (2010). Botanical Adulterants Bulletin: Lamium Album (White Nettle) Leaf. American Botanical Council.
[2] Khan, I. A., & Abourashed, E. A. (2010). Leung’s Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients: Used in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics (3rd ed.). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
[3] Dutta, A., Mahobia, N., & Baghel, M. S. (2019). Aloe vera: A potential herb and its medicinal importance. International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences, 10(1), 128-133.

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