Braids, twists and other protective styles are a great way to give you and your hair a break. But that break can and will be cut short if you have a bad reaction to the hair. Synthetic hair has an alkaline base coating, which can cause irritation of the scalp or on any skin the hair comes in contact with. This happened to me when I got my hair braided before going on vacation. Everything was fine at first and a few days into my trip I started noticing my scalp was very itchy and the skin on my shoulders and back had become so irritated I had to keep my braids in a bun for the rest of my trip. This reaction kept me from getting braids for a while, but I decided to do a little research and discovered that, while there are several natural hair companies that sell chemical-free hair, I could remove the chemicals at home for a fraction of what the pre-treated hair costs.

What you’ll need :

Apple Cider Vinegar, Synthetic Hair, Warm Water

The process is pretty simple and should be completed at least 1 day before you’re planning to use the hair. Once you remove the hair from the packaging, you want to secure the loose ends to avoid tangles during the process. Fill the sink about half full with warm water. Avoid using water that’s too hot as it will melt the hair. Pour in your ACV — around 1/4 cup. From there, you want to fully submerge the hair in the rinse and let it sit for 15-20 min. You will start to see a white residue coming off the hair immediately. After 15-20 min, remove the hair and rinse with warm water. From there you can hang to dry overnight. Once the hair is dry, it is ready to use and your scalp will be very happy.