You leave the salon satisfied with your new hairdo only for you have an unbearably itchy scalp a few days later. You are faced with the dilemma of either taking them down and watch your money go down the drain or persevering hoping the itching will stop.

If you have experienced this, your scalp is reacting to the chemicals used to coat the synthetic hair in the final process of production. Luckily, there is a simple solution to ‘treat’ the braids before you install them.

Follow these simple steps and you can say goodbye to that annoying problem.

  1. Add hot (boiling) and cold water in the ratio of 2:1. That is if you add a a jug of cold water then add two jugs of hot water.
  2. Add at least a quarter cup of cheap shampoo or 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to the water. Stir to form a solution. Apple cider vinegar will make a homogeneous solution with the water. The shampoo probably won’t. That shouldn’t worry you if they don’t completely mix.
  3. Unpack your braids and add them to the solution. Be careful not to burn yourself. The braids should be completely immersed.
  4. Leave to sit for at least half an hour
  5. Carefully transfer the braids from the solution and rinse them completely over running water
  6. Hang them to dry

If they look a little thin, don’t worry, once they dry, they will be back to their normal volume.