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 moisturized.
5 Advantages of a Refreshing Braid Spray
1. Growth Spurt
The four ingredients will assist with stimulating your follicles, which can lead to a growth spurt and optimize your length retention for the summer.
2. Prevents Itchiness
Wearing a protective style over a few weeks can lead to a dry scalp and itchiness. This refreshing braid spray helps prevent this pesky problem and provide a cooling and relaxing effect under protective styles such as wigs or braids.
3. Less Build-up
There’s less risk of product 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.
4. Great for Dry Environments
If you live in a dry and/or humid environment, wearing your hear in a protective style can lead to a funky smell within a few weeks. By applying this braid spray, you can prevent an annoying smell and keep your protective style smelling fresh.
5. Promotes Moisture
One of the ingredients in the braid spray promotes moisture. When you take down your protective style, your strands will be soft and pliable instead of dry and crunchy, which tends to happen when you wear a protective style for a few weeks.
Ingredients For Anti-Itch Braid Spray
How to Make a Refreshing Braid Spray for Summer
- Fill the spray bottle almost to the top with rose water. You can also use distilled water but I liked the delicate scent of rose water.
- Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of Kinky Curly Knot Today 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 drops of each essential oil. Close up again and shake vigorously.
- Your refreshing 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 with more rose water or distilled water.
- Tip: If you would like a bit of fragrance, you can add 5 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil to the mix.
How to Use Refreshing Braid Spray
- 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 wash day, after you rinse out your diluted conditioner, be very generous with the spray, especially on your scalp.
Here’s a pic of my braid spray. One bottle lasts up to 2 weeks depending on how often I use it. The ingredients listed above are more than enough to make up to 10 or more 4oz bottles of braid spray so this is an economical recipe.
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