You would not believe how many emergency concerns I have addressed since the change of summer to fall. Starting in September I can honesty say about 3 out of 5 of my weave installments have complained to me about itchy scalp concerns about a week after installment or at their next visit. I have been doing hair for a very long time however, I do not recall paying attention to this seasonal change as much as I have paid attention to it this time around ( maybe because I have more one on one time with my individual clients). The complaints have been anywhere from, one person feeling like they had a scalp fungus, someone thinking they had a bad batch of hair, and another wondering if it was all in her head. The list goes on of complaints that they did not understand what happen this time around with their sewins.
Just a month or two prior, the moisture in the air was at the perfect balance for growth and wearing a sewin comfortably and with ease. Now although the temperature has not drastically changed, your scalp says otherwise! leaving you baffled trying to figure out do you need to stop wearing weaves all together ( we no that’s not gonna happen). Since to stop wearing your easy, brezzy protective style is not really the direction you want to go in, let me explain to you whats going on and what you need to do to gain back your control, put the infamous rat tail comb down and relieve yourself of this itchy scalp at once!
The first thing you should understand is that fall happens in the skin, scalp, and hair way before it happens in the atmosphere. Although it may not be “cold” outside the season is drier than summer and it requires us to layer up with extra moisture and protection for our skin and hair as well as scalp. Often we start layering up on lotion and oils to our bodies but we don’t start to pay the same level of attention to our scalps and hair until it demands our attention.
It may not be time for heavy jackets and the obvious signs of cooler weather but based on the humidity levels you will see their is a drastic change in the weather and a suttle beginning to what is the start of the progressive dry season. If your scalp suddenly became itchy around the changing of the season, 9 times out of 10 its probably due to the cool dry season known as fall.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO COMBAT THE ITCH:
- If you are not using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner you should start immediately, this is when you want to turn the moisture up a notch. when wearing a sewin you should always opt for moisture. This is for your hair and the commercial hair.
- you treat the scalp with a separate shampoo. I usually use a shampoo called Nizerol for dandruff and itchy scalp and apply it directly to the scalp in between the rows of hair, allow it to sit for 2 minutes, repeat depending of severity of itchiness.
- if you are in between shampoos or you just want to sooth the itch I am a big fan of witch hazel. I sometimes take a few drops of pure tea tree apply it on a towel and clean the scalp in between the rows of hair. this is a miracle treatment for itchy scalps.
- oil your scalp, I can not stress this enough! Often in the summer months you don’t need to oil much sometimes not at all however, in the fall and winter months it is essential to prevent excessive dryness to the hair. It will sooth the scalp and minimize itchiness but it will also help with an easier takeout and you will lose less hair. I recommend using a bottle with a tip like this. I like to use a rosemary teatree oil that I make, it has neem which is an excellent all natural anti itch anti bacterial ingredient that is very effective. You can use the oil of your choice just make sure it is light and absorbent to keep the build up low.
- oiling your scalp may need to be done as often as twice a week or as much as 3-4 times depending on your individual needs.
In closing I will tell you the same as I tell my clients, if you want to know what your hair and scalp are doing pay attention to what your skin is doing. Get ahead of it and begin your fall regimen around the first or second week of September.