I love updos. They are my favorite hairstyle to rock. My stylist has sculpted some pretty amazing looks for me including twisted updo + rod set curls and twist with scallop bang. One key tool to achieving a great updo are bobby pins. Dakota will have your hair pinned into a unique form that will have you setting off metal detectors in order to make sure your style shall not be moved [no really we almost had an incident at the airport, but that is another story for another day].
However the last couple times I got my hair done I noticed my scalp has very irritated, itchy and sore. I can normally wear a good twisted or braided updo for weeks at a time, but lately after just a few days the itching becomes uncomfortable. I tried treating my scalp with the usual suspects but with no relief, so I end up taking the style down and blaming it on my scalp’s fickle behavior.
A few days ago I gave myself an easy style to help accommodate the frigid temps. I twisted my hair back into 5 chunky flat then pinned them into a flat bun, a loose interpretation on this style. Well after only a day my scalp was really itchy in the back where my bun was. I took down the bobby pins grabbed a ink pen to scratch my scalp gently and told myself I would rub it down with some acv later. I never actually got around to treating my scalp and the next day I noticed I didn’t itch at all. That made me think: what if it was the bobby pins that were irritating my hair? I used a plastic clip to make a bun and three days later I have yet to have any additional itch or irritation.
The bobby pins I use are holdovers from twisted updos past done at the salon. These are just regular bobby pins from a BSS, nothing special about them. I don’t know if it is the metal, paint or the coating but something about them is irritating my scalp. I am going to look into better quality of bobby pins and I will let you know how that goes. In the mean time I will be using Goody Ouchless Barrettes which are plastic. You can also looking into sewing your hair for updo styles, it is the same thread used for sew-in weaves and is a popular technique used when creating updos on locs.