If you have ever worn a weave, you know what Bey was talkin’ bout when she sang Pat yo weave ladies! Having an itch that you can quite reach to scratch is one of the worst feelings in the world and a lot of times wearing a weave causes that exact sensation! Below I demonstrate a few ways to relive an itchy scalp while wearing a sew-in weave.
- Moisturize your hair. Aside from the relief of an itchy scalp, moisturizing your hair beneath the weave is a necessity for maintaining healthy hair. Weaves do not equal NO maintenance! Keeping your hair and scalp adequately moisturized with sprays that contain mostly natural ingredients will prevent dryness which will lead to itchiness without causing buildup. Some suggested moisturizing sprays are African Pride Braid Sheen Spray, Bee Mine Juicy Spritz, Obia Naturals Curl Enhancing Spray.
- Add essential oils to your shampoo. I’ve demonstrated how to make a shampoo, oil, water mixture to wash your hair. Oils are not necessary but if you have noticed itchiness, adding a few drops of peppermint, tea tree or eucalyptus oil will give your scalp a refreshing tingle as well as ward off bacteria and fungus.
- Use an astringent. I like to use the original formula of Sea Breeze, applied to my scalp with a q-tip to quickly clean and refresh my scalp. This works really well when you don’t have time for a full wash and condition session and after working out.
- Try a dry shampoo. There are a several brands on the market and I have tried a couple over the years, but don’t have enough experience to recommend one over another. Dry shampoos are great to absorb sweat and excess oils and work in a pinch to add body to weighed down hair. They even have drugstore versions now from brands like Tresemme and Dove.
As I said in the video, these tips work not only to relieve and itchy scalp beneath your weave but in any long term protective style such as braids or twists. Check out this post for a full regimen for caring for your hair while wearing a weave.