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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

~WARNING ON SYNTHEIC HAIR, USED FOR BRAIDS, ETC~...



Hey there Fabulous Fellow Naturals!

I hope everyone is well :)).  There are many Naturals we wear their hair in braids from time to time as a protective style.  There has been an alarming amount of ladies who have done just that and to their shock have found that they are in fact Allergic to the hair put in their hair for braids, extension's, etc.   Their symptoms range from a severe case of an itchy scalp, to sores in the form of burns from relaxers, sore with pus coming from them,  baldness, swelling of the eyes, and even getting sick on the stomach.

It is said that Synthetic hair has a chemical film left on the hair during the manufacturing process. I have also read that the synthetic hair is coated with alkaline , which is a chemical found in many of our household cleaning products.  I also read that some companies put a chemical preserver on the hair so that it doesn't get moldy.... Moldy seriously.....just the thought  of that is sickening.

Know that this is not just with Synthetic hair, it's also the case with human hair as well.  Ladies, please be super cautions when paying to have your hair braided or doing it yourself.  I am not sure what is going on with the hair these days , but in my opinion it is NOT worth having health and scalp issues.

I've read there are ways to pre treat the hair before having it put into your hair.  I did not bother to post that info here at AuNaturale, because in my opinion it's simply not worth the time and effort of the braids.  I feel our health and the health of our hair and scalp is far more important that any so called way of pretreating hair that has been previously treated with a chemical film or coated with a substance found in our household items.  And, lets not get started on the the fact it could be treated before hand to prevent "MOLD",  this is crazy. 

For all of the fabulous ladies out there who are rocking the Micro mini's, kinky twist, etc please beware and educate yourselves on exactly what your are putting into your hair.  Way, the pros with the con's....stop and think...... is it really worth it.

Thanks for stopping by , and remember to always stay....Naturally Fabulous!

TAKE CARE!:))

18 comments:

Precious said...

Wow, this was an eye-opener! Thanks for sharing. I prefer styling with my own hair anyhow :)



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zainab1 said...

@Precious.. you are quite welcome!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by precious, take care.

ChocolateOrchid said...

Whoa!! This is horrible!
This post is most appreciated.
*smh*

Kiki Rocks Kinks said...

Wow, that explains a lot. I remember when I DID wear synthetic hair, it would make me itch like crzy and if the hair would brush up against my shoulders, it would cause these tiny little bumps like heat rash. Thanks for posting, I had no idea!

zainab1 said...

@Chocolate Orchid...Sure thing :)0
Thanks for stopping by CO, take care.

zainab1 said...

@Kiki Rocks Kinks...you are very welcome, so glad you saw this post.

Thanks for stopping, Kiki Rocks Kinks, take care.

Tiffany said...

smh about Kiki Rocks Kinks experience....and i never understood why they sometimes called it human hair when isn't all of it synthetic? i know there are some exceptions but the local BSS ain't selling no human hair for $35 a pack. natural hair is being embraced because we have the knowledge or resources to learn more about our hair and how it can naturally beautiful and that knowledge is powerful...

zainab1 said...

@Tiffany...So true,..... I say to all ladies who read this...leave that brading hair, sew in hair, etc right on the shelves at the beauty supply...it's not worth the trouble!

Thanks for commenting tiffany, take care.

NaturalBlackOne said...

Wow! Thanks so much for sharing that! I never knew. I never had those problems personally but hey, knowledge is power-it can help us make the best decisions. Again... thanks!

zainab1 said...

@NaturalBlackOne....you are quite welcome! and thanks for stopping by, take care:))

Paige said...

what a shocker!!!! thanks so much for highlighting this issue.


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zainab1 said...

@Paige...You are very welcome!
Thanks for stopping by Paige, take care :))

SkorpyanJ said...

I have pre-treated synthetic hair in the past with a vinegar/water soak, then soak in conditioner water. I was amazed at the amount of gunk that came from the hair and was left in my sink, I have have not used any fake or human hair for about 2years now. Not worth the time and money!

zainab1 said...

@SkorpyanJ...I'm with you...thats just to much effort to use hair that is unhealthy and that is not even my own (lol)

Thanks for stopping by, take care:))

Anonymous said...

Omg thought I was the only one with that weird reaction I to would itch and get tiny little bumps on my neck and chest I didn't know what it was went to the dermotalogist and they gave me pills and cream the bumps went away then came back again because of me wearing the weave I just found out a couple of days that I had a allergic reaction to the hair now I still have the tiny bumps :( did you use anything to clear your bumps ?

zainab one said...

Hi Anonymous,

So sorry to hear this happened to you. As for myself I just stopped using the hair , and it cleared up.
Just be carefeul using certain hair.

Thanks for stopping by , take care :)

Anonymous said...

OMG.. I've been getting braids for years with synthetic hair and this is my first time having a bad reaction to it. The back of my neck has broken out with a red rash with small, fine bumps. I'm using Hydrocortisone cream on it three times a day but it is not clearing up. Any other solutions?

zainab one said...

Hi Anonymous,

I would consult your Doctor. So that it clears up properly. Hope this helps and thanks for stopping by. Take care