If you’ve worn braids recently, especially with natural hair, you might have struggled with a dry, itchy, or flaking scalp. Though most of us have long ago abandoned our Pink Lotion and Oil Sheen Spray from our relaxed days, some of us may still be digging out the African Royale braid spray from the 90s every time we get a protective style installed. However, there are quite a few natural hair products on the market that are much better for our hair than typical braid sprays found at beauty supply stores, so keep reading to find out which ones!
All of Obia’s products are pH balanced, so this hair and scalp spray will hydrate and condition your scalp without leaving any residue. The best part of the product is that you can spray it along the length of your braids, twists, or kinky weave, keeping those soft and moisturized as well. The video below is a review by a man with locks, but it’s actually quite good and covers both the scalp and hair benefits of the spray.
Although many of the products in the Lavender & Wild Orchid line are meant for the body, Shea Moisture’s Dry Oil Mist in this collection uses the perfect blend of products to hydrate and soothe the skin. Since your scalp is part of your skin, it will work on it too! The Dry Oil Mist also contains arnica extract, whose anti-inflammatory benefits can even be helpful to comfort a tight or tense scalp.
If you want to stick with oils, Alikay Naturals’ Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil is an awesome concoction of 17 essential oils that will help to relieve scalp tension and address scalp dryness. For a product that is more fortified with moisturizing ingredients, such as Aloe Vera Juice, look no further than Alikay Naturals’ Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner. The lemony scent will also leave your scalp smelling fantastic even after strenuous exercise. Here’s a review of the two products plus some additional Alikay goodies.
I recently used Nubian Nature (not to be confused with Nubian Heritage) Hair Essence as my go to oil during my set of box braids, and it was so effective, I didn’t use any other products! The combination of argan, soybean, and palmarosa oils were good enough to hydrate, refresh, and keep my scalp clean for the 6 weeks I wore my braids. It’s by a South African haircare company, so it’s a great option for any readers in Africa!
What products do you use for your scalp while you’re protective styling?