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How To Stop Hair Extensions From Itching

Many people have seen a beautiful lady walking down the street with new hair extensions who can’t stop scratching her scalp or a friend with that tight weave who vigorously pats her head. These women are examples of those who have suffered from the adverse, yet common side effects of hair extensions: never-ending itchiness.


Despite knowing that itchiness is a common aftermath of hair extensions, many people still wonder why it happens. There are various reasons behind this problem and may vary depending on the person. Light itchiness that happens after the first few days is normal and should not be a cause for concern. However, if the itchiness doesn’t seem to end, and it has become worse, additional measures should be taken to combat the situation.


That said, below are five reasons commonly associated with itchy hair extensions:

1. Adjusting to the extensions

If this is the first time you’ve had hair extensions and you are dealing with irritating itchiness, do not worry. Your scalp is going through an adjustment period before getting used to the hair extensions, which are typically heavier than your natural hair. The added weight can cause a strain on your scalp, which is the reason itchiness occurs after you have installed the new extensions. Over time, as your scalp gets used to the new extensions and the added weight, the itchiness will eventually subside.


2. Sensitive scalp

Usually, if you have a sensitive scalp, the itchiness will occur even if it’s your first time having hair extensions. If you have never dealt with dandruff and the extensions are installed properly, then it’s just your sensitive scalp adjusting to the additional strain on your head. Normally, the itchiness is just mild and will subside after a few days. Also, make sure that you are using the appropriate aftercare routine for your hair.


3. Product build-up

When you have hair extensions, you must properly wash and rinse your hair to get rid of all the products. In doing so, you help prevent product build-up on your hair extensions and scalp.


4. Excessive sweating

If you regularly go to the gym or exercises a lot, you may notice that your head gets itchier as you sweat. This is due to the amount of sweat that sits on your scalp and gets trapped on your hair extensions. The extra weight from the extensions produces additional heat, which contributes to more sweating. The itching can be annoying if you wait too long between washes, which is why it is recommended that you wash your hair more frequently than usual.


5. Allergic reaction

While this is rare, allergic reaction still happens. This is usually the issue with certain bead types of hair extensions, such as copper tubes, micro-bead, micro rings, or look and lock. These beads are made of metal, which causes a reaction to those who are allergic to metals. In such instances, opt for the other non-beaded method of hair extensions, such as clip-ins, tape-ins, or fusions.


Dealing with the itchiness due to hair extensions

Wash your hair thoroughly before installing the hair extensions and follow the rigid aftercare routine recommended by your stylist. Regular and washing, conditioning, and rinsing after the installation will make sure that your scalp is clean and prevent any itchiness. Light itchiness that occurs a few days after the installation is normal, so there is no need to panic. However, if itchiness persists and other remedies do not work, contact your hair specialists to help you assess and solve the situation.


If you’re looking for hair extensions and how to maintain them in London, Ontario. Get in touch with GT Hair Boutique today for a free consultation.

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