I love wearing my hair curly most of the time but I live in a humid area with temperatures going as high as 55 degrees in the summer. Irrespective of what I do, my hair just isn’t having it. It becomes a big ball of frizz after a few hours outside. As a result, from May – August every year, my hair is always in braids with a two-week rest between each hairdo.
While braids are low maintenance, it’s easy to neglect your hair underneath because all you have to do is throw it in a bun in the morning and you’re good to go but keeping your moisture levels up is still required if you don’t want to end up taking most of your hair out along with the braids 8 weeks later.
I’ve used commercial braid sprays before but I didn’t like the sticky feeling they left behind on my braids. They also didn’t do much to retain moisture and may have contributed to unnecessary itching possibly because I was allergic to an ingredient in them. Additionally, at roughly $5 a spray bottle, which lasted less than 2 weeks, it was starting to get expensive.
When I braided my hair a few weeks ago, I decided to play around with a few things and ended up with a great recipe, which has been doing wonders for keeping my braids refreshed and moisturised.
4 Advantages of this Refreshing Braid Spray
- The ingredients will also assist with a growth spurt and optimise your length retention for the summer.
- It can be used for refreshing cornrows under a weave or a wig as well.
- Less risk of build up, which reduces the need to wash your hair as often. Unless you swim regularly, I’d say washing once or twice a month with diluted Castile soap is adequate.
- This spray is especially fantastic for people who live in a dry and/or humid environment.
Ingredients You’ll Need
How to Make a Refreshing Braid Spray for Summer
- Fill the spray bottle almost to the top with rose water. You can also use diluted water but I liked the delicate scent of the rose water.
- Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of KKNT or Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner to it. Close the bottle and shake until the conditioner is dissolved.
- Open up the spray bottle and add 5 – 10 drops of each essential oil. Close up again and shake vigorously and your braid spray is ready.
- The mixture should be cloudy yet clear. If it comes out as cloudy only, you have put in too much conditioner and it needs to be diluted.
- Tip: If you would like a bit of fragrance, you can add 5 – 10 drops of ylang ylang essential oil to the mix.
Spray on your braids every morning focusing on where your real hair ends, then give your braids a shake and you’re good to go. You can also spray it lightly on your scalp. On washday, be very generous with the spray, especially on your scalp, after you wash out the shampoo.
Here’s a pic of my braid spray. One bottle lasts up to 2 weeks depending on how often I use it. A video demonstration is coming up soon for easy reference.