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The 11 Best Braid Sprays To Give Your Protective Style The Refresh It Craves

There’s nothing better than a fresh set of braids. From knotless to boho braids, twists, and locs, these signature summer styles are undefeated when it comes to the versatility and ease that they bring to our lives.

Still, the itchy scalp that comes with product build-up or dryness can totally ruin the vibe of having your hair newly done. And since we want our braids to last as long as possible, scratching at our roots is one of the quickest ways to undo all the fresh parting we sat for hours to get.

That’s why it is important to have go-to scalp care to help maintain your protective style and keep scalp sensitivities at bay. To help, we’ve put together a list of the best scalp sprays, tonic, and lotions to soothe and refresh your crown.

Oh So Strong! Shine Boosting Moisturizer

Aunt Jackie's

Aunt Jackie’s Oh So Strong! Shine Boosting Moisturizer is the perfect solution for maintaining fresh braids while enhancing shine and moisture. This specially formulated moisturizer is enriched with a refreshing blend of biotin, honey, rosemary, and mint, providing essential nourishment to both hair and scalp.

Use daily to keep your protective styles soft, moisturized, and brilliantly shiny.

​Camille Rose Mint Condition Braid & Scalp Spray

Camille Rose

Experience the rejuvenating benefits of Camille Rose’s Mint Condition Braid & Scalp Spray, infused with a carefully crafted blend of essential oils, herbs, and sea moss. Designed to alleviate dryness and itching, Mint Condition provides instant relief while softening hair roots and revitalizing strands.

Nourish your scalp and promote healthy hair growth with our handcrafted herbal tea blend, enriched with aloe vera juice and sea moss, to strengthen hair and minimize breakage.

​Tgin Rose Water Curl Refresher


Tgin Rose Water Curl Refresher has all the goodness of rose water and coconut oil with a unique formula that revitalizes even the most irritated scalp conditions.

Say goodbye to dryness and frizz as this refreshing spray hydrates, smooths, and revitalizes your hair. Extend the life of your braids effortlessly and enjoy the added peace of mind, knowing your hair is in good hands.

​As I Am Rosemary Hair Water

As I Am

Experience the calming scent of As I Am Rosemary Hair Water with rosemary and peppermint oil, ensuring a soothing and refreshing haircare experience. Utilizing advanced sub-micron technology, it enhances the scalp's protective barrier, while also balancing the pH levels of hair and scalp.

​Mizani Scalp Care Soothing Scalp Lotion


This leave-in treatment by Mizani is enriched with a soothing blend of aloe vera, avocado oil, and invigorating eucalyptus. Providing nourishment and a cooling sensation, it will revitalize your scalp for optimal health and comfort.

​Pharm To Table Scalp Relief Tea Tree Leave-In Conditioner

Pharm To Table

If your scalp needs some recusing, then you might want to try this leave-in conditioner. Pharm To Table Scalp Relief is formulated with tea tree oil, mint, coconut oil, and biotin. This blend provides cooling comfort to dry, irritated scalps while imparting an invigorating fragrance that energizes the senses.

​Uncle Funky’s Daughter Defunk Neutralizing Tonic

Uncle Funky's Daughter

Greasy, dry scalp, be gone! Defunk Hair Refresher Tonic is here to deliver your roots from itchiness and promote hair growth. Suitable for all hair types, it's a refreshing pick-me-up and effective in treating odor and buildup removal in locs, braids, and twists.

​Mielle Rice Water And Aloe Braid And Scalp Moisturizer

Mielle Organics

Mielle’s Rice Water & Aloe Vera Braid & Scalp Moisturizer is a lightweight, non-greasy spray specially formulated to hydrate and condition braids and scalp without leaving any buildup. This all-in-one product instantly absorbs, providing deep moisture to maintain hair and scalp health throughout protective styling.

​Design Essentials Peppermint & Aloe Scalp Tonic

Design Essentials

Revitalize your hair with Design Essentials® Peppermint & Aloe Soothing Scalp Tonic. This refreshing tonic clarifies and purifies the scalp, eliminating dirt and excess oils that cause irritation. Infused with natural peppermint and aloe, it calms, soothes, and stimulates the scalp, providing instant relief from itching.

Use as a pre-shampoo treatment or leave-in scalp treatment.

​Sunday II Sunday Root Refresh Micellar Rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar

Sunday II Sunday

Sunday II Sunday’s dry shampoo alternative utilizes the cleansing power of apple cider vinegar and micellar water to refresh your hair and scalp. Enjoy hair that appears, feels, and smells rejuvenated between washes.

​Jamaican Mango & Lime Braid Your Way 6-in-1 Soothes & Revives Braid Refresher

Jamaican Mango & Lime

There’s nothing like finding a product that covers all your bases, and this 6-in-1 Soothes & Revives Braid Refresher by Jamaican Mango & Lime does just that.

It promotes hair growth and reduces breakage and inflammation, all while keeping your hair protected, moisturized, and healthy.

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