How to Cleanse the Scalp while Wearing Braids

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We often wear braids as a form of protective or low-maintenance style. By doing this the hair gets less manipulation and is able to grow. The longer we have braids installed; the more build ups we accumulate on the scalp from sweat, pollutants from the air and surroundings, dead skin cells, sebum, hair products and more. To prevent this the scalp need to be cleaned on a regular basis. This DIY scalp cleanse recipe is very simple.

ACV Scalp Cleanse Recipe

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Spray bottle


Mix 1/2 cup ACV with 1 cup filtered water or bottled water.
Pour in a spray bottle.
Add 2 drops of JBCO
Spray over scalp and gentle massage.

Allow the ACV to sit on the scalp for 3 minutes then rinse hair thoroughly with water to remove the ACV mixture. This Mixture will help to keep the scalp clean without messing up with your Ph balance. By using ACV wash once per week it will replace the need for shampooing the hair. It will also help with itching and you will be able to wear your braids much longer and still maintain a clean scalp. 

If you are not into the whole idea of DIY hair care then you can pick up the Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 Miracles Natural Hair Balance Apple Cider Vinegar with Black Castor Oil. It will help to rinse buildup from the hair without stripping it of the natural oil which conditions the hair.

You can also use other methods such as dry shampoo to cleanse the scalp and the hair. Dry shampoo is a quick method of cleansing the hair. With a simple spray of dry shampoo over the hair, your hair should feel clean enough for styling. Dry shampoo should not replace regular hair maintenance. I’m not a big fan of dry shampoo.

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  • Kemkem

    I totally need this and am bookmarking it for my next set of braid care :-). Thanks for sharing.

    April 9, 2017 at 6:04 am Reply
  • Michelle Malone

    I like DIY products for maintaining my natural hair. Great tip! I rarely wear braids, but I always struggled to keep my scalp clean when I did. This recipe and simple directions might motivate me to rock 'em again soon.

    April 9, 2017 at 6:04 am Reply
  • Mommy Pointe

    I'll definitely be sharing this with my sister! She just got braids in her hair not too long ago. I wish I had known of this when I had braids a few years ago. Thanks for sharing!

    April 9, 2017 at 6:04 am Reply
  • Stacie Raye

    I haven't wore braids in years! I really want to though so I'll keep this info in mind.

    April 9, 2017 at 6:04 am Reply
  • Rebecca Smith

    Thanks for the tip. Can I use warm water or is cold water recommended?

    April 9, 2017 at 6:04 am Reply
  • Ty Knighten

    Thanks for the tip. I would never have thought of using ACV.

    April 9, 2017 at 6:04 am Reply
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