Braids are a low-maintenance hairstyle that is also stylish and contemporary. While braids can save time and money by cutting down on salon visits and your morning styling routine, they are not maintenance free. Neglect your hair once it’s braided and you may find yourself suffering from an itchy, flaky scalp and a ripe scent. Washing and conditioning your braids and scalp on a weekly basis will help to keep them clean and healthy.

Things You'll Need

Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water in a bowl. Add water until the mixture has the consistency of paste.

Separate your braids into three or four ponytails and tie them loosely with hair bands.

Scrub the mixture gently into your scalp using a toothbrush dipped in the baking soda and water.

Combine 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water in a hair color squirt bottle. Shake the bottle to mix it thoroughly. While in the shower or leaning over a sink, squirt the mixture over your hair to rinse the baking soda paste off of your scalp.

Apply shampoo to your scalp using your fingers to gently massage it in. Also apply a small amount of shampoo down the length of your braids. Rinse the shampoo out under a warm shower. This will clean your braids and also remove any remaining baking soda mixture from your scalp.

Squirt a quarter-size dollop of a lightweight conditioner into your palm. Massage the conditioner into your scalp to moisturize it.

Squirt a little more conditioner into your hand and rub it gently over your braids

Rinse the conditioner out by putting your head under the shower head. Gently massage the braids with your hands while under the warm water to help rinse the conditioner.


  • If you’re using a heavy or deep conditioner, dilute it with water to make it easier to rinse out of your braids.