Protective Styling: Cleaning Your Scalp With Witch Hazel

Cotton ballsWhat You Will Need For Scalp Cleaning

Now that we know what’s in it, we can start the process. The first step is to gather your tools; here is what you will need:

Witch hazelDickinsons is a great brand but choose whichever brand you like.
Cotton balls or cotton rounds – again, choose the best brand for you but make sure your rounds are sturdy enough to withstand gentle rubbing and moisture. No one likes to have little white fibres in their hair after just cleaning it!
A squirt bottle – Find an old bottle with a squirt nozzle that you are not using, make sure it is completely clean, this will be used to apply the hazel directly to the cotton ball. This might be optional for some, squirting however is a little easier and more precise than pouring.
Clips – You will need clips to keep your hair separated and organized.

Let’s Get Started

Pour the witch hazel in your squirt bottle estimating how much your think you will need and set it aside. It is important to organize your hair before you start so that you do not miss any areas, so at this point separate the hair into small workable sections and clip away any sections you are not working on.

Pick a section that works best for you, we recommend starting from the nape and working your way up so that you can keep track of what area you have already cleaned.

Squirt or pour some witch hazel on to the cotton ball trying not to soak the cotton ball too much to avoid frizzing your hair at the root. Separate each section of hair and rub the cotton along the scalp area cleaning it thoroughly moving though each area of your scalp methodically.


It is a lot easier to follow your part lines if you are in braids or twists, but if not just ensure you are getting the entire scalp.

After you are done cleaning, it might be a good idea to finish things off with a little oil if you are that way inclined. For example tea tree oil, olive oil or coconut oil can be applied to the same sections just for all around scalp health and further fungus protection.

The video below demonstrates exactly what we have described. It’s a very simple but effective technique of avoiding an itchy scalp especially when wearing a style that does not take well to weekly washing.

Note: This technique does not take the place of a full shampoo and deep conditioning session in your normal regimen and should only be used when you want to extend the time between washes by a week or two. It is perhaps best used during protective styling.

Originally posted 2013-08-21 15:00:05.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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  4. CHARMAINE M HENDRICKS

    So happy to be using witch hazel for my itchy scalp, and possible eczema showing up in my natural hair. I have battled eczema for sometime now, and not until this week, realized that my itchy scalp could possibly be a result of it, and so, I remembered the old remedy of witch hazel. I began using it, with cotton balls,and clean my scalp, and instant itch relief. Your article gave me further confidence, and I will continue to use it as my remedy, witch hazel.

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