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- · Moisturizing Oil: Using oil may very well help relieve a dry scalp that might just be thirsty. Jojoba Oil, Peppermint Oil or Tea Tree Oil is strongly recommended. I have none of these oils at the moment but I intend to buy a braid spray tomorrow and I will definitely look for a product that has one or all of these oils in it. I will either spray it on or spray onto my fingertips and gently work it onto my scalp between my braids. This will also give me the 5-10 minute scalp massage I have promised to do every other day until I can do it every day.
- Shampoo: Weekly or bi-weekly shampooing, though very necessary in hot climates isn't on everyone's agenda, especially most ladies who don't want to mess up a hairstyle that took hours to achieve and cost a bit of money, or who simply do not know they can shampoo with braids. Our scalp needs to be cleansed on a regular basis, even when wearing braids. You can shampoo your scalp without messing up your hair. Cleansing in the shower in order to keep the hair in a vertical position really helps. Let the water cascade through the hair, working through your braids very gently with your fingers. Apply shampoo to your hands and work it onto your scalp, taking care to rub it in. The downward motion of the water will carry the shampoo onto your braids, so there's no need to vigorously work lather into them.
- Antiseptic or Astringent: In-between shampoos try a scalp antiseptic or astringent. These are available in some pharmacies and cosmetic shops. Apply it to a cotton ball or swab and dab it on the itchy areas on your scalp only. This can greatly relieve your itch till the next shampoo, but it shouldn't take the place of regular cleansing. In some cases, facial astringent has been claimed to work fine too. Listerine mouthwash has also been suggested for this purpose. Most braid sprays contain antiseptics and I’d surely look out for one that has some of the following ingredients listed as these have antiseptic qualities. Wheat germ, allantoin, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, arctium majus root extract also known as burdock root, behentrimonium chloride, camphor, Chamomile flower extract, etc.