Sometimes I have an itchy scalp problem after getting braids done. To alleviate this problem, I lightly spritz my scalp with a braid spray. I also do this moisturise the shaft of my hair for the duration of the protective style. Below is a recipe for a home made DIY natural braid spray. 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
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.
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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
5. 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?