Itchy Scalp....and braid hair care?????

Hi I am new to natural hair thing and I am still kind of confused on what exactly I have to do in to properly take care of it. I before I started school I got microbraids. I left those up for 3 months, I took those down and now I have Minoan twist because the microbraids are not good for natural hair. But the problem I am having now is that my scalp is really itchy. So I am seeking help on getting rid of a itchy scalp and tips on how to take care of my hair while it is braided. Thank You

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Are you still transitioning? If so, it's kinda normal to get an itchy scalp at some point. How I got rid of that was by using homemade rosemary oil. Rosemary oil stops itchy scalps (within a day, for me, I don't know 'bout anyone else) and it prevents dandruff and at the same time stimulates hair growth.

Use oils (preferably natural oils like olive oil, canola, rosemary oil, jojoba...) on your hair daily. If you're okay with it, you can moisturise your hair every 2-3 days or something by getting water into your hair/braids. You don't have to get your hair soaking wet though.

Also, don't wash your hair daily or every week with shampoo. You can wash your hair with shampoo once every 2 weeks or like me, once a month. With this, you'll still want a clean and healthy scalp and hair so, wash your hair with conditioner only once every week (or as frequent as you would normally have used your shampoo). Shampoo dries up the hair and strips it of its natural oils.

When drying your hair, it is healthier to air dry rather than blow dry. I haven't used heat on my hair in a really long time. Heat damages the hair and also makes it lose its elasticity.

After having a shower or washing your hair, if it's dripping wet, don't rub at it with a towel. Instead, dab at or scrunch your hair gently with a towel or you could just spread out a towel on your bed or something, bend over and get your hair on it, hold the sides and twist them to give a firm hold then find some way to hold them in place behind. This way, you can dry your hair, plop it and stop the dripping.

Don't touch your hair often. That causes frizz (touching it a lot). I love my hair and I can honestly say it's hard not to touch it. To overcome this, I braid my hair with extensions often and if my hair is loose, I tie a scarf over it (sometimes, I do protective styles first).

Avoid heat, silicons, sulphates, sodium chloride, parabens, mineral oil (which goes by the name: baby oil), petrolatum...

Do a lot of research on here to find what to and what not to use on your hair.

Also, I've gotten good results from using natural things on my hair. I avoid products now. I've gotten homemade recipes for shampoos, conditioners, DCs... I believe it's healthier to use 100% natural things on your hair rather than chemicals upon chemicals, harsh things and many products.

Hope I could help!
Things I use: Olive Oil, Canola oil, rosemary oil, aloe vera gel, shea butter, mayonnaise, eggs, milk, bananas

Everything I use is 100% natural. I make most of them myself because then I'm sure what's in it and I'm sure nothing's added, it's pure, it's natural.

Things I avoid: Mineral oil (codename: Baby oil), heat (I'm a total, no hair driers, no straighteners, no curling irons, no flat irons, no hot combs...nada), sodium chloride

Growing plan: At least 6 inches longer in a year.
First off thank you for replying. I am completely natural I do not have any chemicals in my hair. One question I have is do all of these methods work with and without extensions???

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Last edited by chocolatebeauty92; 11-02-2011 at 06:23 PM.
I don't wear braids but I told my mom to try spritzing ACV on her hair when she woke up. She said it helped. Remember most people only think they're hair is dry...100% dry. When I went natural, I remember getting a really itchy head too and discovered my scalp is naturally oily.

But yeah it could be your scalp adjusting. ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) is like $3 for a large bottle. IF you ever take down your hair to wash it, scrub it with baking soda, rinse, then rinse again with ACV.
Yes, they do work with and without extensions.

About the baking soda, I don't think that's a good idea. I've used baking soda twice on my hair then quit using it because on the hair, it should be avoided.
"Baking soda is often used as a clarifier, because it's natural. However, for the sake of your hair, never use baking soda. It's highly destructive to your hair. It's basically salt, and salt is highly corrosive (if you've ever seen what it does to the metal of cars in places where they use salt to melt the snow, you can get some idea. And if you've ever eaten something really salty, it often makes your lips sore). " This should prove my point. If you need to wash your hair, do that with conditioner or something else.
Things I use: Olive Oil, Canola oil, rosemary oil, aloe vera gel, shea butter, mayonnaise, eggs, milk, bananas

Everything I use is 100% natural. I make most of them myself because then I'm sure what's in it and I'm sure nothing's added, it's pure, it's natural.

Things I avoid: Mineral oil (codename: Baby oil), heat (I'm a total, no hair driers, no straighteners, no curling irons, no flat irons, no hot combs...nada), sodium chloride

Growing plan: At least 6 inches longer in a year.
About the baking soda, I don't think that's a good idea. I've used baking soda twice on my hair then quit using it because on the hair, it should be avoided.
"Baking soda is often used as a clarifier, because it's natural. However, for the sake of your hair, never use baking soda. It's highly destructive to your hair. It's basically salt, and salt is highly corrosive (if you've ever seen what it does to the metal of cars in places where they use salt to melt the snow, you can get some idea. And if you've ever eaten something really salty, it often makes your lips sore). " This should prove my point. If you need to wash your hair, do that with conditioner or something else.
Originally Posted by SammySingally
From my understanding, baking soda is to be used like shampoo...on the scalp and never on the hair. Salt (NaCl) is much different than Baking Soda (NaHCO3) property wise. In fact, the only ingredient both share is Sodium. Baking soda cannot eat at a car battery but can neutralize corrosion. The reason baking soda is bad to use on your actual hair is because it is rough...it would be like using ajax on your hair. Both salt and Baking soda will strip oil right out as well.

Most places that melt snow use salt with other chemicals because salt water can still freeze...it just freezes at a lower temp. Corrosion is caused by water and oxygen. Salt attracts the crap out of water and oxygen is everywhere. Also water (by itself) and oxygen cannot carry electrons as well. Salt has metallic properties and can carry electrons (and electricity) very well. Salt is pretty much the girl that introduces its best friend (water) to this new hot guy (oxygen.) Together, they destroy metals.

Salt isn't all that great to use in your hair because...well it doesn't do much. I mean if you had a bad scratch but vinegar would probably do better at cleaning that
And not to dis anyone but I liked back to that site with all that info on sodium bicarbonate being bad...yeah all the books are by the same person. It also states that panthenol is ok. I know a lot of people that have been through beauty school that would argue that...just saying.

And Sammi none of this was to attack you so sorry if I came off that way
I've been natural for a yr now and I still get a rather itchy scalp in the cooler, winter months. None of my products work to stop the itch and that includes olive and coconut oil. I'm still working to find something that will help, I am scared of baking soda,it just seems too harsh, but that is just me. I did the ACV rinse 2x a week for 2 months last yr after my BC and I don't remember if it helped the ithcy scalp, but it did help restore the PH levels in my hair. I did the ACV rinse last week and it did not help my itchy scalp, but I will try it again this week. I do have a medicated spray ( I forgot the name) that works, it burns/tingles slightly when first applied, but it does stop the itch.
Is scratching my scalp often bad for my hair?

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How is the ACV rinse done? Is the ACV diluted with water and does one need to rinse with water after the ACV rinse?


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And not to dis anyone but I liked back to that site with all that info on sodium bicarbonate being bad...yeah all the books are by the same person. It also states that panthenol is ok. I know a lot of people that have been through beauty school that would argue that...just saying.

And Sammi none of this was to attack you so sorry if I came off that way
Originally Posted by Blacksheep
It's okay, you didn't come off like you were attacking me.
Things I use: Olive Oil, Canola oil, rosemary oil, aloe vera gel, shea butter, mayonnaise, eggs, milk, bananas

Everything I use is 100% natural. I make most of them myself because then I'm sure what's in it and I'm sure nothing's added, it's pure, it's natural.

Things I avoid: Mineral oil (codename: Baby oil), heat (I'm a total, no hair driers, no straighteners, no curling irons, no flat irons, no hot combs...nada), sodium chloride

Growing plan: At least 6 inches longer in a year.
Is scratching my scalp often bad for my hair?
Originally Posted by chocolatebeauty92
I don't think so but whatever is making your scalp itch can be. ACV is good for disinfecting. If you are itching because your hair is getting used to being natural...well you kinda just have to fight through it. Also some products will build up on your scalp causing itch.

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