How To Clean Your Scalp While On Box Braids

Welcome back to the blog!

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog then you’ll know I’m on braids. Knotless braids in particular. And braids and are great but after a while, your scalp will begin to get dirty and my scalp has gotten used to being cleaned at least biweekly and I may be able to stretch it to 3 weeks depending on the style I’m wearing but that’s the most. Once it gets past 3 weeks I’ll start having itchy scalp which is not nice at all.

It’s important that you’re taking care your hair while in braids, especially cleaning your scalp because nobody likes stinking braids.

Currently, I’m on knotless braids and it’s so easy to get access to my scalp so I’ve cleaned my scalp twice and I’ve had the braids for 4 weeks now. You don’t necessarily need to get your whole braids wet, especially if you don’t have a blow-dryer or hooded dryer so I’ll be sharing 3 ways you can clean your scalp without getting your whole braids wet.

Method 1: Using Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse.

A mixture of apple cider vinegar and water will clean your scalp effectively and remove all the build up that would have accumulated on your scalp. The only downside of using this method is that apple cider vinegar has a weird smell but the smell wears off after a few hours to a day max. If you suffer from itchy scalp, this is a very good way of getting rid of it.

How to use

  • Mix 2 parts water and one part apple cider vinegar in a bowl. If you have tea tree oil or peppermint oil feel free to add a few drops.
  • Soak cotton wool balls in the acv mixture and squeeze out the excess liquid.
  • Rub it gently between the parts your braids to get to your scalp.
  • Change the cotton wool balls as they get dirty and continue till you’ve completed your entire scalp.
  • You can leave it to dry in your hair or rinse it out by using another cotton wool ball soaked in clean water to prevent getting your braids wet.

Method 2: Using Shampoo Without Getting Your Braids Wet.

So if you don’t have access to apple cider vinegar you can also use your normal shampoo but in a way that you won’t get your braids wet.

How to use

  • Divide your hair into sections
  • Wet a clean cloth, preferably white or a bright colour so you know when your scalp has gotten clean.
  • Spray a section of your hair with water.
  • Pour a small amount of shampoo on your wet cloth and rub it between the parts of your braids.
  • You’ll see the build up coming off your scalp, so continue the process with different parts of the cloth till you clean your entire scalp.
  • Leave the shampoo in your hair for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Wash off the shampoo from the cloth or use a clean cloth that’s damp to clean your scalp again to remove any trace of shampoo in your hair.
  • Then leave your hair to air dry.

Method 3: Using Shampoo And Getting Your Hair Partially Wet

This is the method I use when I want a somewhat thorough cleansing. With this method I’m able to give my scalp a very good cleanse. And since I have a blow-dryer I don’t mind getting my braids kind of wet but not soaking wet because it would be too heavy and would take long to dry.

How to use.

  • Divide your hair into sections.
  • Dilute your shampoo with warm water in a clean spray bottle or applicator bottle This way the build up comes off easily.
  • Spray a section of your hair with water.
  • Apply the diluted shampoo to your scalp and use the tip of your fingers to rub your scalp and the roots of your braids in a massaging motion. Be gentle so you don’t cause unnecessary frizz and make your hair get the old look fast.
  • Continue till you’ve finished your entire hair.
  • To be sure I’ve cleaned my hair properly, I usually go in with a white wash cloth and clean between the braids randomly till I’m satisfied.
  • Leave the shampoo in your hair for 5-10 minutes.
  • Tie all the braids in a loose ponytail, wrapping the ends up then rinse just the roots of the braids where you applied the shampoo. This way you’re not drenching your whole hair with water.
  • Wrap your hair with a towel to squeeze out the excess water.
  • Remove your hair from the ponytail and blowdry your hair, focusing on your roots then the main braids.

These are the three ways you can get your scalp clean and itch free. And most importantly stink free. I hate smelling hair. One day I was in a bus and the lady that was sitting somewhere around me had smelling braids and I was so uncomfortable. I was lucky that she came down few minutes after I entered because I don’t know how I would have managed that journey.

I typed this post directly instead of writing it down first like I’ll normally do so I had to type in lists so the work is not all over the place and I go straight to the point and so that I’m not ranting and then get tired then leave the work halfway like I’ve been doing for the past 3 days. Yes it took me 3 days to finally get this over with.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed reading this. Have you tried any of these methods?

Thanks for reading.

Stay blessed and stay safe.

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