How to Prevent a Synthetic Hair Reaction

How to Prevent a Synthetic Hair Reaction

How to Prevent a Synthetic Hair Reaction

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Synthetic hair is fantastic for anyone seeking to wear hair that has curls, texture, and color. Synthetic wigs can provide a level of versatility that you just cannot achieve with human hair. From tight curls to faux dreads, synthetic hair is a fun accessory that allows you to change your look on any given day.


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Unfortunately, there is one challenge that wignistas and hair extension enthusiasts occasionally encounter when choosing to wear this fabulous hair and that is the occurrence of a synthetic hair allergy. It can be a horrifying experience if you have never had to endure the pains of a constant itch or inflammation that is associated with the hair of choice resting on your head and against your scalp. 

What Causes a Synthetic Hair Allergy?

You may be wondering what the origins of this annoying itch are? It’s incredible that we hardly ever hear any mention about the pains of a synthetic wig reaction or that there are no bold warnings on the packages of this hair warning us to proceed with caution.

Here’s what you need to know. Certain types of synthetic hair (i.e., kanekalon hair) possess an alkaline-based coating, and this substance can trigger an allergic response for some people. This allergic response can make you want not only to snatch that wig off your head or rip out those precious tracks but also pull your natural hair out if it means ridding yourself of that itch. 

The itching ultimately leads to scalp irritation and inflammation and the only way often to cure it is to remove the hair and cleanse your natural hair and scalp. After a while, the price of visiting the salon or braid shop coupled with the cost of the hair can begin to add up, leaving you feeling as though you are tossing your coins into an abyss.

How to Prevent a Synthetic Hair Reaction

What can you do to prevent this nasty reaction from occurring? First, you can start by taking steps to pre-treat your synthetic hair. Options include the use of apple cider vinegar, diluted vinegar or wait for it…rooibos tea.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Synthetic Hair

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has the right blend of properties that allow it to regulate the pH of your scalp and in effect, reduce the adverse effects of synthetic hair with alkaline bases which can sometimes upset the acidity of your scalp. Your scalp has a natural, acidic pH level of 5. When we introduce this environment to too much alkaline, it can cause dryness at the scalp level which may contribute to irritation and itch.

ACV has a pH level of 3 which can help restore the normal acidity level of your scalp.

Rooibos Tea for Synthetic Hair Allergic Reaction

Another excellent, natural way to protect your scalp from the side effect of wearing synthetic hair is to use rooibos tea. Many people consume rooibos tea because it has multiple benefits including but not limited to:

  • Enhances the health of your skin and hair
  • Improves heart health
  • Treats allergies
  • Cancer prevention
  • Better digestion
  • Anti-inflammatory agent
  • Management and prevention of diabetes

However, rooibos tea can also be useful in pretreating your synthetic hair before daring to wear it. It also contains the right balance of vitamins and minerals that help to lower the alkaline base of this hair.

How to Pretreat Your Synthetic Wig with ACV or Rooibos Tea

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To pretreat your wig, you can soak it in 1 ½ cups of apple cider vinegar or rooibos tea for 15-20 minutes; During this time, the solution will lift the alkaline base from the hair, drastically reducing your risk for an allergic reaction to the synthetic hair. Once this time elapses, remove the hair from the solution and rinse thoroughly with cool water before allowing it air dry.

Now you know the secret to preventing a nasty synthetic hair reaction. Take these steps to reduce your risk for another allergic response to your hair accessory choices.



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