Anyone who’s worn twists, braids, a sewn-in weave or any other protective style knows that incessant tapping on the head in an attempt to scratch the itching is inevitable after a few weeks or even days. It usually starts once your ’do has loosened up and your scalp realizes it’s being tugged at more than usual and in need of extra nourishment.
We already know that a protective style shouldn’t disrupt your normal cleansing schedule or other healthy hair habits you swear by, such as sleeping with a satin scarf or regular scalp massages. But when you’re tucking your natural hair under a temporary look, additional reinforcements such as anti-itch sprays and oils are definitely required. And since summer is a peak season for going the protective route, we’ve got the best options all in one spot. Ahead, shop 15 top-rated products that’ll pair perfectly with your protective style and give it lasting power.
Vernon Francois Scalp Nourish~Ment
This lightweight fragrant spray will not only deliver moisture to your braids or locs; it’ll keep them shiny and camera-ready, too.
$24 at Vernon Francois
African Royale BRX Braid and Extensions Sheen Spray
Use this alcohol-free spray to bring moisture back to a dry scalp and add luster to days- or weeks-old braids and extensions.
$7.99 at Amazon
Bumble and Bumble Bb.Scalp Detox
Before washing your scalp, get rid of the gunk by applying this micellar rinse all over.
$34 at Bumble and bumble
Bumble and Bumble
Cantu Apple Cider Vinegar Root Rinse
The pointed applicator on this ACV rinse makes it easier to apply the antimicrobial treatment between and around braids or twists.
$4.99 at Sally Beauty
CHI Tea Tree Oil Soothing Scalp Spray
Tea tree oil is a prime ingredient for eliminating buildup and itch, making this the ideal product to use between washes.
$16.80 at CHI
Creme of Nature Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Rinse
If you’re not a fan of more traditional cream-based shampoos, get a clarifying cleanse without disrupting your style by using this ACV formula.
$5.89 at Target
Creme of Nature
Girl+Hair Restoring Hair Balm
Carol’s Daughter Lisa’s Hair Elixir Restoring Oil
A gang of natural oils collide inside this scalp spray, which is meant to detox the scalp and relieve redness/irritation.
$17.60 (was $22) at Carol’s Daughter
LivSo Moisturizing Scalp Lotion
This lightweight formula can be used as a daily moisturizer for the scalp or as a pre-shampoo treatment once a week.
$18 at LivSo
Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey Calming Tension Spray
This spray, infused with calming mimosa flower, orange oil, and peppermint oil, was made specifically for relieving the discomfort that comes with protective styles.
$9.60 (was $12) at Carol’s Daughter
Mizani Scalp Care Calming Scalp Lotion
Infused with aloe vera, eucalyptus, and avocado, this no-rinse formula is a godsend for dry, irritated scalps, with or without protective styling.
$13 at Walmart
Taliah Waajid Moisture Clenz
This light peppermint- and green-tea-infused spray is meant to eliminate itching and refresh the scalp/hair between washes.
$8.40 at Taliah Waajid
Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Scalp & Hair Booster Shot
This is a must-try conditioning treatment that will promote healthy hair growth for natural strands that are tucked underneath a protective style.
$9 at Not Your Mother’s
Not Your Mother’s
OGX Tea Tree Mint Extra Strength Scalp Treatment
This no-rinse formula delivers a cooling and soothing sensation to the scalp.
$8.99 at Walgreens
Shea Moisture Jojoba Oil & Ucuuba Butter Odor Neutralizing Mist
In addition to refreshing the hair and scalp, this mist is also a great way to keep your protective style from getting smelly after a few weeks.
$11.99 at Shea Moisture
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