Protective styles are summer go-to's for black girls everywhere. Since this is only my second time getting a protective style with added hair (faux locs), I've been thinking a lot about how to maintain my hair and scalp while giving myself a break from styling my natural hair for a few weeks.


We've talked about how to wash your hair with a protective style, but here are a few products of rounded up that you can use in-between washes or when your scalp needs a little TLC.

1. Cantu Refresh Root Rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil

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Cantu's rinse is a reviewer favorite. Ladies with different hair types and conditions like postpartum hair loss and chronic dry scalp calling this "tingly" treatment a "must-have."

$5

2. SheaMoisture African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Scalp Tonic Treatment

www.sheamoisture.com

I have been on the road quite a bit this summer, and this tonic has been my go-to because I can pop it into my carry-on and it calms my itchy scalp. I apply this each night before wrapping my faux locs in a silk scarf.

$11

3. Girl+Hair RESTORE+ Restoring Hair Treatment Balm

Girl + Hair

I found the brand Girl + Hair (pronounced "Girl and Hair") during a Google search and was excited to read it was founded by Dr. Camille Verovic, a black girl boss that is a marketing pro turned doctor. Their treatment balm is made with five different oils, including shea butter and castor oil and is small enough to pack in your gym bag or carry-on without taking up too much space.

$17

4. Uncle Funky's Daughter Defunk Hair Refresher Tonic

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Working out is always a good thing, even if that means a little sweat. Products like Defunk's Hair Refresher can help neutralize odor from hair and scalp post-workout, and it also "stops the itch."

$12

5. Canviiy ScalpBliss

canviiy.com

If you have sensitive skin or want a product made with cruelty-free, organic ingredients, SCALPBLISS's formula will soothe the scalp before and after protective styling. You can also purchase a "mini tube" to drop in your bag on the go.

$21

6. Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil

www.sallybeauty.com

Mielle Organics' Mint Almond Oil is a fan favorite and is known to help reduce breakage and balance the scalp.

$13

7. LivSo Moisturizing Scalp Lotion

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Made with willow bark extract (exfoliates the scalp), coconut oil, ceramides (seals in moisture), this lightweight-formula is said to condition dry scalps and strengthen the hair.

$18

8. African Pride Braid & Scalp Cleansing Rinse

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This rinse is not the braid spray you used in the 90s. Now, it is made without parabens, mineral oil, sulfates, and petroleum. The micellar water, coconut oil, and peppermint oil based rinse will refresh and clean the scalp.

$8

9. Taliah Waajid Refresh And So Clean™ Bamboo, Avocado And Peppermint Dry Gel Shampoo

Amazon

The thought of a gel shampoo intrigued me, and based on the product reviews —this shampoo is worth a try. Reviewers recommend applying the gel in sections, massaging the scalp, and then wipe with a cloth and let the hair and scalp air dry.

$10

Protective styles are excellent options when you want to give your strands a break from manipulation during the summer months, but be sure you keep your crown in tip-top shape.

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