One of my favorite protective styles will always be individual braids. My least favorite part is the itchy scalp and minor irritation bumps that can (sometimes) come along with it from the chemicals in the synthetic hair. Even though it dissipates after a few days, this time around I’m pregnant, and didn’t want to deal with it at all. So, I decided to soak the braiding hair in apple cider vinegar to remove the chemical coating to help with itching and bumps. This is how it went.
Note: Before putting the hair in water, make sure it’s braided and secured with an elastic at the top and bottom. Otherwise it will get tangled beyond belief. I made that mistake once before, never again!
Warm Water + Apple Cider (ACV)
I filled my bathtub with warm water and about half a bottle of ACV. After about 3 hours of soaking, there was a white foam that had surfaced. Yuck! The hair was already feeling so much softer than before! I gave it a really good rinse and proceeded to wash it with shampoo + conditioner.
Shampoo + Conditioner
I cleaned the bath tub and filled it up with clean warm water and added in shampoo. Let it soak for an hour and gave it a gentle scrubbing. Then rinsed it off well and did the same thing with conditioner.
I let the hair fully dry (it took about a day), gave it a quick detangle with a wide tooth comb, loosely braided it and secured the ends with an elastic.
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It is quite the process I know, but the hair was so much shinier and felt way, way softer after I finished. Not to mention the yummy smell of freshly washed hair =). This made install such a breeze and the hair separated with no knots or pulling. I’m also happy to report, after my individuals were installed I had no itching and no irritation bumps! Definitely worth it especially when I wear my braids for 4-6 weeks at a time.
Have you done the apple cider vinegar rinse? If not, will you try it for your next protective style?
Let me know in the comments below =)