Best Scalp Oils and Sprays For Braids

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Nikki Brown
Apr, 06, 2017 3:03 PM UTC

We’re all too familiar with the irritation that accompanies a protective style.

Whether you’re picking at the braids underneath a wig, or praying that your twists will start to feel lighter, an itchy scalp is one of the unfortunate side effects of a look that doesn’t necessarily require day-to-day maintenance.

Although the hair follicle needs daily nourishment, it’s important to remember that treating the root is where you’ll see and feel relief almost instantly.

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These sprays not only bring luster back to a weeks-old style; they also eliminate product build-up and bring moisture back into the scalp. 



The secret weapon in this fragrant spritz is ubuntu mafura oil, which provides essential fatty acids to the scalp and hair follicle. 

$24 available at Sephora

Revive your hair from the inside out by spraying this miracle worker directly onto the scalp. A mix of five different oils as well as biotin and wheat protein will polish away that nasty buildup around the root of your braids. 

$22 available at HSN

Technically, this isn't an actual scalp spray, but magnolia wax, its star ingredient, provides an intense shine that will make your weeks-old braids look brand new again. You can also incorporate this into a leave-in treatment once you've taken out the protective style. 

$18 available at Sephora

After you've been wearing braids or any protective style for a long time, this argan-infused spray will revive their luster. Added keratin will also bring much needed nourishment to the scalp after weeks of pulling. 

$21 available at It’s a 10 Haircare

If you're sick and tired of tapping your head to relieve itchiness, this spray is a godsend. The peppermint oil in this formula will instantly soothe your scalp when it's been tugged and tapped one too many times. 

$15 available at Jet

The name says it all! Indulge and heal your achy scalp with a seriously luxurious blend of five oils when it's been irritated by braids or protective styling. The added shine is just a bonus! 

$7 available at Target

An alcohol-free formula that won't sting or leave your scalp feeling sticky and dry. It's also safe for human AND synthetic extensions--#winning. 

$4 available at Sally Beauty