Right now, I’m positively obsessed with cornrows and it seems the natural hair world is too.
Long, short… it doesn’t matter- I just adore them!
In fact, I’ve created an entire hair calendar around cornrow styles that I want to rock in 2017 (the obsession is real!)
However, one of the down-sides to cornrows is that they can be a pain to wash especially if you’re like me and you love keeping your hair clean.
There’s nothing more annoying to me than having an itchy scalp that’s covered in icky dirt and build-up; ewww!
I personally have found that build-up and itching is much worse after a workout, especially after any form of cardio.
So, how do you keep your hair clean when it’s in a cornrowed or braided style?
Here is the simple yet effective routine that I recently used and it worked a treat.
- Dilute sulphate-free shampoo and water. Ideally poor this mix into a spray bottle and make sure you have twice the amount of water as you do shampoo. A little shampoo goes a long way. Then shake the bottle like there’s no tomorrow.
- Spray the mixture onto the parted sections of your cornrows (e.g. your scalp). Don’t apply it to the braided parts of your hair.
- Rinse your scalp and then repeat the process but with a conditioner/water combo.
- Rinse your scalp again, let it dry a little and then apply a light natural carrier oil like jojoba to your scalp.
If you really want to soothe your scalp and keep it clean, try adding a drop of peppermint or tea tree oil to the carrier oil as both ingredients have anti-bacterial properties and will keep your scalp moisturised and clean.
They’ll also make your scalp feel COOL and tingly, getting rid of any itchiness in the process.
So there you have it, my quick yet super effective method for getting rid of build-up when your hair is braided or cornrowed.
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