Do you work out often? Sometimes when we have protective styles and we have an active lifestyle you might end up with a bit of a smelly situation.
It can be embarrassing if you are caught out there but you won’t need to be embarrassed if you have some quick fixes up your sleeve.
If your scalp starts to smell it means that the build up on it is unreal. Build up can include dead skin cells, over production of sebum, oils* that you might have added, sweat and other environmental factors that you might not consider.
Another reason your scalp might smell when you have a protective style could be an infection from the style being too tight and irritating the scalp.
If that is the case you need to see a doctor immediately so that they can examine your scalp and tell you the best course of action.
How to prevent smells
Pay attention to your scalp and hair
If you have a tremendous amount of itching and flaking that can be a great indicator that something needs to be fixed.
With braids you can pretty much cleanse your hair daily but you have to ensure that your braids dry so that you do not end up with mildew which can smell pretty bad after a while.
This is why if you have an active lifestyle we would recommend medium to small braids so that there is no stress on the hair line but also the smaller the braid the easier it is for them to dry.
Big bulky box braids take longer to dry and are more susceptible to mildew more than you would think.
Use great products
Witch hazel is a great product that you can use to clean your scalp in-between washes using a q-tip. It isn’t expensive but it also does not irritate the scalp.
When we say use great products we mean high quality and as natural as possible, not necessarily high cost. What do you do when your braids start to smell?
Joanna Bradley says
Just witch hazel? Is that the only recommendation? What about tea tree oil? Did I miss a chunk of data in the article?
Renee Akperov says
Im wondering the same thing. Like that was it?
Macy Eve says
Just wash your hair.. you can wash your hair when its in braids and if you can’t then something is wrong… I always wash my boxbraids and my gogo curls crochet braids too. If I can’t wash it, I don’t want it… there is nothing protective about wearing dirt mixed with product and sweat.
Marisela Demali says
Maybe you should try wash your hair with special shampoo for braid hair! It help
Shar Smith says
All you have to do is wash your hair and make sure it dries properly
Tina Greene says
Herbal cleanse dry shampoo works miracles!
Charlene Rullow says
Take nasty braids out yr hair.
Jayda John says
But when you wash your hair with braids in. When your ready to take it out does it tangle????
I wash my braids once every week, I never use any oily products on my scalp and it’s always tangle free. you must also keep your braids for about 6-8weeks, not longer bkoz the longer your growth, the easier it breaks with braids on
Shellygirl Frett says
Morette Thompson says
Wash your braids, don’t let anyone tell you you can’t.
Marcia Lopes says
Just wash your hair.
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