Should I Oil my Cornrows

Black hair suits cornrows hair-style, we all know that since this braiding style has a long history. 

However, I will talk about different types of cornrows styling. So, no matter which style you have tried and practiced, you must feed your hair with oil. 

The hairstyle may not have any impact on your hair to keep it healthy and less itchy, frizzy, or dry, But which oil you will use and how to apply them by following an effective guideline is a must. 

This article will tell you everything on it with the full in-depth guidelines from experts with their experiences.

Maybe somewhere the solution of your hair problem is told, let’s find it out!

What to put on cornrows to keep them fresh

What to put on cornrows to keep them fresh

What to use to keep fresh hair and scalp both mainly depend on your current hair/scalp condition. 

Let’s breakdown with some important tips that will definitely work to keep hair fresh

A. A natural or silicone free clarifying shampoo

B. Moisturizing shampoo

C. Conditioner

Without trying out above items, you can’t imagine washing cornrows.

1. Keeping cornrows fresh

Keeping cornrows fresh

If you don’t keep your cornrows fresh then hair buildup will cause discomfort first, then turn out to be hair itchiness, and finally, it will allow fungus to roam across the hairlines. 

Well, before that, stick to your monthly wash routine. This is the first and foremost matter to look after. 

How to keep my cornrows fresh

How to keep my cornrows fresh

Lets take you to the best recommended methods for cornrows, and they are:

What you will need:

  • Buy a clarifying shampoo that comes with nozzle (mandatory).
  • A leave-in conditioner for better hydrating (Mandatory).
  • Pads and old but clean T-shirt (Makes the task handy to accomplish)
  • Added oil after washing (Using oil recommended afterwards but you may use it later)

Step 1

Dilute the clarifying shampoo with water as long as it build up as foamy lather.

Step 2

Across the finger tips you will massage your scalp but make sure you put on pads first.

Step 3

Shampooing and rinsing will work simultaneously while using the conditioner. It will allow to reach deeply into the hair strands. Remember, the perfect meassured strokes will impact the most perfect outcome for the entire session.

Step 4

You can put a shower cap over the hair after applying conditioner and wait for 10 to 15 minutes before washing and rinsing.

Step 5

Use old cotton T-shirt or a towel made of microfiber element.

Final step

For hydrating your hair apply leave in conditioner and using curl milk will be plus.

What you must avoid
  • Hot water instead of lukewarm water to avoid hair breakage.
  • Don’t forcefully run your fingertips also, avoid using fingernails as hair will become frizzy.
  • When you are going to either applying shampoo, oil, or anything you might choose don’t pick a harsh chemically composed hair items.
  • A shampoo without a nozzle will give you the hard time compared to a shampoo with a nozzle.

2. Moisturizing Cornrows

Should I oil my cornrows

When it comes to moisturizing the hair braids oftentimes we just forget about essential oils. 

There are many products and not all of them fit all types of scalps. However, they have some shortcomings too unless it has no harsh chemicals. 

The risk-free products you may use are: 

  • Lavender
  • Rosemary for fragrance
  • Coconut
  • Jojoba oil

You may choose any of them but make sure to dilute with water (mandatory) and then additionally, vinegar or alcohol will be great.

One question is pretty popular like how often you should moisturize your hair? Is it every week or monthly or are there any untold secret lies? 

Well, the heck is some scalps are dry and some are average and some are pretty oily. 

The rule of thumb is dry scalp needs more moisture to put it on your hair from outside. If your scalp produces oil abundantly, then you can reduce the frequency for oiling. 

Make cornrows less itchy

Make cornrows less itchy

Everyone wants to avoid itchy scalp, so you are. Yes, with braided hair the scalp is susceptible to more itchy as it tightly sets up across the scalp. Also, it easily gets buildup or dandruff, or flakes.

The easiest solution is to spray water for the immediate solution.

The best solution is to always wash your head to eliminate buildup.

The amazing solution to itchy scalp is to take a hot oil massage since it helps to increase blood flow. Also, it activates your natural scalp oils. 

Last but not the least, if it is a fungus attack then talk to the hair expert ASAP.

3. How to prevent dry scalp with cornrows

How to prevent dry scalp with cornrows

How Do White Girls Wash Cornrows

Preventing dry scalp with cornrows is easy too!
I will suggest you with a lock method as a protective hair style. It works most of the time while you are having a hard time with dry pale hair or your hair gets frizzy. 
I will tell you in 9 simple steps, just follow them:

  1. Scalp Investigation: First thing is to look at your scalp and investigate it for a while. 
  2. Identify Signs of Dryness: Find out light coloring in hair without flakes, so the hair seems dried out.
  3. Apply Oil to Hairline: Pour on some oil alongside the hairline (make sure the amount of oil you will pour on your hair would mostly soak up since you have dry hair and don’t overdo it)
  4. Finger Lubrication Technique: Don’t need to buy or use any sort of thing except your fingers in order to lubricate it. 
  5. Gentle Massage: For dry hair some people try out spraying over it instead of it fingers are more flexible, easy, and fast. 
  6. Sprinkle Water Drops: Once you are finished with pouring oil around all the hairlines then lightly massage it. All you need to do is to make sure your fingers are busy to go across along the path and hair edges.
  7. Finally, sprinkle some drops of water (it is an additional steps, if you apply more water drops then this will rather ruin the above steps)
  8. Neem Oil Application: Now, you need a hair product. The product I will mention that will fit for all is Neem oil. Because it is natural so there are no side effects. 
  9. Dime-Sized Neem Oil Application: Now you will use your hand palms where you will pour dime size of neem oil and lightly apply it on it. 
  10. Shea Butter Conditioning: Use Shea butter mix at the end of your hair as it works as a conditioner with more benefits. 
  11. Styling Your Hair: Hurrah! you are done so time comes up with hair styling. My hair is short so I start with a ponytail, you may try something else.

Here are some tips on how to wash cornrows on a white girl: 

1. It is best to use a shampoo that is specifically designed for cornrows.

This will help to keep the cornrows from getting frizzy and tangled. 

2. When shampooing, be sure to focus on the scalp and not the hair itself. This will help to prevent build-up on the cornrows.

3. After shampooing, it is important to condition the cornrows. This will help to keep them hydrated and prevent them from drying out and becoming brittle. 

4. Once the cornrows are clean and conditioned, you can then style them whatever you prefer.



10 to 20 days is a normal wash cycle in a month. However, it depends on your scalp and hair condition. If you have healthy hair without hair fall, lack of moisture, and your hair’s get rid of fungus (it would be many more), then you can stay with your normal hair wash cycle. So, don’t worry about that at all.


Yes, you may put leaves-in conditioner on cornrows to make the braid soft, flexible, and prolong your braid session.


Yes, you can as it helps to relieve discomfort like feeling itchy. Also, water will clean up dust and refresh the hair surface.


Yes, it helps to grow your hair. Because it protects from sun damage, let your hair not fall while sleeping, and the braided style is a great protective hair style for all.

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  • Who Invented Cornrows
  • History of Braids in Slavery


Should I oil my cornrows or not?

What is the final takeaways? Yes, we should feed our hair with oil as it seems fuel to bring in life. But like not all foods are not healthy likewise not all oil seems good to pour over our head.

If we dig deep a little more then, for the hair braid you must prefer natural oils (we have mentioned them already) over chemically produced unhealthy products. However, they give you some quick result. Last but not the least, follow the right fruitful or effective process of braiding, oiling and overall nurturing your hair.

By Cindy Mahlangu

Hey there! I'm Cindy Mahlangu, a pro hairstylist with a serious passion for natural hair care. My mission? To inspire and educate others on the beauty and benefits of protective hairstyles. Through my creative writing, aim to empower individuals to embrace their unique hair texture and confidently care for their locks. So, whether you're rocking locs, braids, or twists, join me on this hair journey and let's achieve healthy, fabulous tresses together!

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