Crochet braids or any other type of attachment of hair braiding extensions can be cleansed before attachment to reduce the likelihood of any scalp irritation.
We can only go from first-hand experience where braids have been attached and then the scalp becomes very itchy. We've found that whenever we cleans hair braiding extensions before attaching them, there is less likeliness of itchy scalps.
This again is down to individual choice, but as hair braiding extensions will come in to contact with your skin, it might be an idea to cleanse them before using them - obviously if you're going to curl them using hot water prior to attachment, this will suffice, but if you're not doing that then it might be better to cleans the hair braiding extensions before their attached.
An easy and straightforward way to wash any type of hair braiding extension prior to attachment is to soak the hair braiding extensions in a sink or basin of warm water with a capful of a disinfectant that can be used for personal hygiene (like Dettol).
You can use the method for washing wigs for washing hair braiding extensions prior to attachment and there's an image guide to show you how.
Always follow the instructions of the disinfectant product you use and perform a skin patch test to make sure you're not allergic to the cleanser before washing the hair.
It's down to individual choice whether to wash crochet braided hair extensions, but in general if you're going to wear any hair extensions for more than three weeks, it's better to wash your own growth hair to avoid any build up or potential matting.
The best way to wash your crochet braided hair extensions is to use this method (minus the combing) in the shower if you have one. If you don't have a shower then you can stand in the bath pouring the water over your head and through your braids. The key to keeping your braids neat is to wash them gently and relatively often.
If you wash your braids often enough, then you won't need to rub or agitate your growth hair or your scalp in order for them to be clean.
Washing crochet braids, completed!
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