The first few days after getting braids done can potentially be challenging due to various reasons such as an itchy scalp or tension on the braids. As a result, every time I get braids, I make sure to lightly spritz my scalp with a spray to relieve some of these symptoms. I also do this to make sure the shaft of my hair is also moisturised and that the hair gets the necessary TLC for the duration of the protective style. Below is a recipe for a home made moisturiser for braided hair. It makes use of the lighter carrier oils to minimise product build up.
1/2 cup distilled water
1/2 cup aloe vera juice
1/2 tablespoon glycerine
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon castor oil
3-4 drops of peppermint oil
2-3 drops of tea tree oil
Here are some of the benefits of using the above mentioned ingredients for your braid spray:
Distilled water is used to increase the life span of the spray and to ensure there is no bacteria or any other unwanted substances. Aloe vera promotes hair growth, gets rid of frizziness and helps to get rid of dandruff. Glycerine keeps your hair moisturised as it can absorb humidity from the air. In addition glycerine also strengthens your hair and aids in growth. Avocado oil helps to heal heat damaged hair and also add shine to hair and prevents hair loss. Castor oil seals in moisture keeping hair hydrated, helps to treat split ends, promotes hair growth and revitalises dry scalp. The peppermint oil and tea tree oil help to sooth the scalp and to prevent dandruff, read more on this on 6 easy essential oil treatments for dandruff.
1. Add the oils and aloe vera in a spray bottle
2. Add the water to the oil mixture
3. Give the bottle a thorough shake
4. Spritz lightly on scalp and braids as per need
PS: Shake before use as you may see some separation of the oils from the water. Refrigerate if you are not using a preservative for the braid spray.
How do you keep your hair moisturised when you have braids or any other protective style on?