Never in my life have I ever experienced a dry itchy scalp until this specific box braid install.

I am a natural girl, so I’m in love with my protective styles. I rock everything from wigs, weaves, box braids, feed-in braids, cornrows, faux locs and so much more, never experiencing harsh itching and dry flaky scalp until now.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to do a cute protective style; smaller box braids that come down to my butt. The process took three days to complete because I do my own hair and I like to break it down into days so I don’t waste a whole day doing hair.

Everything about my hair was exactly what I wanted. I made sure to make my go-to hair growth oil in my applicator bottle and proceeded to apply it to my scalp every night to keep it moisturized during the entire protective style. But a few days in, my scalp became extremely irritated and I honestly had no clue why. Never in my life have I experienced dandruff this bad or accompanied it with excessive itching.

I became so upset because I thought that this style would benefit my hair in the long run and now I was contemplating on taking it out. But before I decided to do that I grab my computer and researched everyway to stop dry itchy scalp when the box braids were already installed. Finally! I got relief; here is how I did it…

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The first thing that I tried that helped A LOT was the apple cider vinegar (ACV) and water mixture in a spray bottle.

This is a 50/50 mix and I sprayed it mostly on my scalp and braids closest to my scalp. I made sure to drench my hair in it to ensure I did not miss any parts.

After I did that I grabbed a plastic bag and tied it around my hair. I did this to let the ACV mixture sit on my scalp and hair without drying out. I left this plastic bag on for 30 minutes.

After the 30 minutes I rinse it out by hopped in the shower smelling like vinegar and desperation and used a fragrance-free shampoo, I did not want to irritate my scalp any more than it already was.

I took my time with this step mainly because touching my hair felt so nice because it was itching. I even gave myself a nice massage.

Because my shampoo was very drying I followed it with my Aussie conditioner only on my braids where my real hair started and ended. I let that sit for about 5 minutes while I cleansed the rest of my body.

After rinsing off I moved on to another soothing part!

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After washing your hair you do not want to leave it as is and let it dry.

I made this mistake the first time and my scalp went back to being very dry. Instead, this time I made an oil concoction from avocado oil and olive oil mix with 8 to 12 drops of peppermint oil.

Peppermint oil is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic oil that is great for dandruff and itchy scalp.

I applied this oil on my scalp and massaged it in. Another great benefit of peppermint oil is that I use it for my hair growth oil anyway because it also promotes hair growth, so I am winning on top of my struggle.


If you are known to have a sensitive scalp or skin, or you just want to take extra precautions. I would recommend before installing synthetic weave, to soak the hair in a bowl of the 50/50 ACV water mixture for about 30 minutes or so. You will see bubble foaming at the top, that is the alkaline coating that they add to the hair that just so happens to be a skin irritant.

After the soak, rinse the hair in lukewarm water and hang to dry. If you are in a rush use a blow dryer on the cool setting to speed up the drying process.

Have you every experienced dry itchy scalp from protective styling? If so, let me know what you did to solve in down in the comments.

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