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.

STYLECASTER | Anti-Itch Products for Protective Styles | Vernon Francois Scalp Nourish~Ment

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

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STYLECASTER | Anti-Itch Products for Protective Styles | African Royale BRX Braid and Extensions Sheen Spray

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

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STYLECASTER | Anti-Itch Products for Protective Styles | Bumble and Bumble Bb.Scalp Detox

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

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STYLECASTER | Anti-Itch Products for Protective Styles | Cantu Apple Cider Vinegar Root Rinse

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

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STYLECASTER | Anti-Itch Products for Protective Styles | CHI Tea Tree Oil Soothing Scalp Spray

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

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STYLECASTER | Anti-Itch Products for Protective Styles | Creme of Nature Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Rinse

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

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STYLECASTER | Anti-Itch Products for Protective Styles | Girl+Hair Restoring Hair Balm

Girl+Hair Restoring Hair Balm

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STYLECASTER | Anti-Itch Products for Protective Styles | Carol's Daughter Lisa's Hair Elixir Restoring Oil

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

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STYLECASTER | Anti-Itch Products for Protective Styles | LivSo Moisturizing Scalp Lotion

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

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STYLECASTER | Anti-Itch Products for Protective Styles | Carol's Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey Calming Tension Spray

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

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STYLECASTER | Anti-Itch Products for Protective Styles | Mizani Scalp Care Calming Scalp Lotion

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

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STYLECASTER | Anti-Itch Products for Protective Styles | Taliah Waajid Moisture Clenz

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

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STYLECASTER | Anti-Itch Products for Protective Styles | Not Your Mother's Way To Grow Scalp & Hair Booster Shot

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

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STYLECASTER | Anti-Itch Products for Protective Styles | OGX Tea Tree Mint Extra Strength Scalp Treatment

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

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STYLECASTER | Anti-Itch Products for Protective Styles | Shea Moisture Jojoba Oil & Ucuuba Butter Odor Neutralizing Mist

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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