Itchy scalp is a common condition, so much so that scalp scratchers are readily available on street corners and from street vendors

Although an itchy scalp is more likely nothing to worry about, understanding why your scalp is itchy can help you ease your discomfort.

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Your hair is on too tight

Weaves, braids and cornrows can sometimes be itchy, right from the start. You can spray, pat and poke at your scalp, but when your hair is pulled too tight; the itching could seem never-ending.

According to Hype hair, the most likely reason for new braids to itch is an inflamed scalp.

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Your scalp can become inflamed when your hair is pulled too tight causing inflammation of the hair follicles. This can cause itching and uncomfortable burning sensation.

While this is an obvious sign that your new hairstyle could be damaging your hair and scalp, scalp spray and oils with anti-inflammatory properties can be soothing.

You are having a bad reaction to your extensions

Hair extensions and fibre are treated with chemicals to preserve them and style them. Sometimes itching that goes beyond your scalp and could extend to your face and neck could be a reaction to your hair extensions rather than the braiding itself.

According to consumer reports.org  the chemicals used to treat synthetic hair and human hair extensions can cause allergic reactions with varying severity; from itching and discomfort to swelling and rashes.

Washing your hair extensions can help, if it doesn’t your only option might be to take down the hairstyle.

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Scalp infection

Whether your scalp in newly cleansed or you’re holding onto a hairstyle past its best-by date, your scalp could become itchy because of a scalp infection.

Damaged hair follicles and scarring on the scalp makes you more susceptible to fungal and bacterial scalp infections. The infection could come from sharing combs, hair accessories and questionable extensions and fibre. 

According to Medical news today, if you suspect you have a scalp infection, you should clean your scalp with medicated shampoo, clean all your accessories and consult with a doctor. 

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