Why Does My Weave Itch So Bad At Night? 

After getting your sew in weaves, the most frustrating issue that you may experience is itching. It makes you wonder why does my weave itch so bad at night and what I should do to get rid of it?

Well, searching for the answer online and you may get to know the famous lyrics of Beyoncé’s “pat your weave ladies”. But this trick doesn’t work. Generally, dandruff, oiliness, tight braid, dry scalp, stress on the scalp, and sweat are the main reasons behind itchiness.

But how to stop itching? What tools to use to soothe tingling? Does weave damage hair? Read on to find out all these answers. 

Why Do My Hair Extensions Itch At Night?

Why Do My Hair Extensions Itch At Night?

There are multiple reasons why your hair extension may cause an itchy scalp. Some of the common reasons are:

a) Dandruff is the most common reason behind making your scalp itchy underneath the hair extension.

b) Putting on hair extension can make tension in your scalp, which can cause an itchy scalp. Also, wearing weave extensions for a long time can lead to traction alopecia and damage hair follicles.

c) Lack of protection between your natural hair and extension can also cause scalp itch.

d) Using artificial hair extensions made of synthetic fiber and alkaline coating can create an allergic reaction.

e) If you have food allergies, then what you had for dinner can cause an itchy scalp.

f) Lastly, if you suffer from Dermatitis can cause itching and dry scalp. This issue can also cause flaking and excessive hair loss.

Weave Itching Causes And Solutions

Weave Itching Causes And Solutions

If your weave itch, then scratching them cause your hair and braid strands to be damaged. In most worse cases, scratching the scalp aggressively can even stop hair growth and irritating inflammation, which can lead to hair follicle damage.

1. Weave Problems Caused By The Weather

Sweats can make your scalp itch like crazy and make your weave frizzy. That’s why, when the temperature outside is high, you should avoid going out unless it’s too necessary. 

2. Weave Problems Causing Your Hair To Break Off

Just like other stylist protective styles, weave also needs to pull natural hair tightly into braids that create tension between strands. And eventually, it leads to hair breakage. Consider loosing your braids to avoid itch, hair breakage, and headache.

3. Weave Problems Causing Your Hair To Fall Out

Hair fall is another problem caused by weaves besides hair breakage. When you create braids tightly, it creates stress between the scalp and hair, which leads hair to fall out.

4. Weave Problems Cause Your Hair To Be Thin And Weak

As weave causes hair breakage and hair fall, it’ll make your natural hair thin and weak. That’s why it’s necessary to maintain your weave properly to prevent damage.

5. Weave Problems Cause Your Hair To Become Dry And Rough

Washing your hair too frequently can make your hair dry and rough. Generally, how often you should wash your hair depends on your hair type.

6. Weave Problems Caused By Your Hair Care Products

Using wrong after hair care products will give you an itchy sensation and worsen your weave. Using ordinary shampoo and not using conditioner will leave residues, cause dandruff, and frizz on your hair. 

Therefore, it’s necessary to pay attention while choosing your hair care products for weave.

7. Weave Problems During Sleep

Having weaves can sauce some problems during sleep too. For example:

  • When sleeping with the wig on, there will be lots of friction between your hair and pillow, which can damage your hair eventually. Try using silk pillow covers to prevent hair damage.
  • Sew in weave can make you feel uncomfortable during sleeping due to hair being pulled tightly.
  • Having sew in weave means making your scalp stressful and damaging your hair.

8. How Do I Stop My Scalp From Itching With Weave?

How Do I Stop My Scalp From Itching With Weave?

Here are some tips on how to stop your scalp from itching with weave:

  1. Looser Braids: If your braids are braided tightly, they’ll stretch and make your head itching. Ask your stylist to loose braids.
  2. Human Hair Extensions: Use human hair extension instead of artificial hair to avoid an allergic reaction.
  3. Scalp Oils: Apply oils on your scalp frequently, especially after you’ve got your sew in hair installed.
  4. Anti-Dandruff Shampoo: Wash hair using an anti-dandruff shampoo and deep conditioner. Your head needs to be washed twice a week.
  5. Moisturize: If you have a dry scalp, make sure you moisturize them properly to maintain moisture, as dryness can increase itch.
  6. Enzyme Control: Too much histamine produced in your system can also be a reason for itching. That’s why you need properly functioning enzymes to control histamine.
  7. Treat Underlying Issues: In case you have issues like Dermatitis, dandruff, or psoriasis, try to look for a cure and treat them before getting your weaves.

Six Helpful Tools That Can Relieve An Itchy Weave

Six Helpful Tools That Can Relieve An Itchy Weave

Have you heard about the myth “pat your weave ladies”? But to be honest, this technique may soothe your scalp itching temporarily. But if you’re planning to wear weave hair extensions for a long time, you need to take care of your scalp itch differently.

Here are 6 helpful tools that can give you instant relief from itchy weave:

1. Rat Tail Combs: Probably the most iconic styling tool that can help you soothing down your itchy scalp. Use the end tail of the comb to soothe tingling on weaves.

2. Scalp Soother: This tool is pretty alike to hair pick. It comes with three-tooth to scratch your head and soothes the itch.

3. Scalp Massaging Brushes: These versatile massaging brushes can be used in many ways, for example, to scratch tingling on the scalp and during shampooing.

4. Dry Shampoo: Using dry shampoo can get rid of excess oils from the scalp. Just make sure the shampoo is hydrating and can give cooling sensations.

5. Scalp Bliss Itch Calming Dipstix Set: This itch-calming set is different from all the mentioned tools above. It contains multiple organic elements and oils, which also makes it an organic serum, that can help you to soothe scalp itch.

6. Natural Remedies: You can use apple cider vinegar or make a remedy by mixing witch hazel, Seabreeze, and water.



Braids can tingle due to dandruff, dirt, dead cells, stress on the scalp, etc. If you prefer taking a shower at night, make sure you air dry your hair as dampness can cause itching too.


If you have long hair, you should wash your hair two to three times a week. And washing hair two times for short hair is enough.


Pulling hair tightly causes tension between hair roots and scalp. Too much tension irritates scalp skin; therefore, you can feel itching on your scalp.


Not to weave, but you can be allergic to the extension. For example, artificial extension contains factors like alkaline coating and synthetic fiber that can cause allergies.


With sew-in extensions, you must be very careful and gentle while oiling your hair. If you put too much oil and continuously pull hair down, it can lose the sew, and hair can come off.


So you now know the answer to why does my weave itch so bad at night and what you can do to stop your head from itching. 

If you install weave using sew in method, make sure you don’t pull your hair too much and avoid heating styling as much as possible. If your weave is itching way too much, consider contacting your stylist or doctor without hesitation.

By Cindy Mahlangu

Hey there! I'm Cindy Mahlangu, a pro hairstylist with a serious passion for natural hair care. My mission? To inspire and educate others on the beauty and benefits of protective hairstyles. Through my creative writing, aim to empower individuals to embrace their unique hair texture and confidently care for their locks. So, whether you're rocking locs, braids, or twists, join me on this hair journey and let's achieve healthy, fabulous tresses together!

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