So, what exactly is a Pre-poo, and why do I need to pre-poo before I wash my hair? you ask!
Well, I’ve here prepared some points you should take down for your next wash day 😉
What is a pre-poo?
A pre-poo is an oil treatment applied to the hair prior to shampooing, to protect the hair shaft from the drying effects of your shampoo.
now going right at it;
What are the benefits of a pre-poo?
• A pre-poo does wonders for the hair; apart from making wash day relatively easier, it works to condition your cuticles and prepare your hair for further manipulation.
• It also restores lost moisture and sheen to the hair shaft while preventing the shampoo from stripping the hair follicles off its natural oils.
• Including a pre-poo to your regular wash day routine helps detangle the hair; and as you must know, detangling your strands before washing it reduces the chances of breakage.
A pre-poo treatment is often done using an oil (blend), but you can easily infuse your favorite conditioner and or, a humectant such as honey.
Here are my top 4 DIY pre-poo treatments
• Good ol’ Coconut oil: coconut oil is very beneficial for a pre-poo treatment as it easily penetrates the hair shaft and makes for an ultra defined curl pattern, super soft and moisturized locks.
• Aloe Vera and your oil mix: for extra moisture and shine.
• Avocado, honey and olive oil: for moisturized and shiny locks
• Conditioner plus your choice of oil. This mixture makes for easy detangling and manipulation and incredibly soft locks.
How to do a pre-poo treatment
• Section your hair into four (or more)
• Apply your pre-poo (mixture); saturating your strands from root to end, then hold it up in a double strand twist or bantu knot to prevent tangles.
• Sit under a steam cap, or cover your hair with a plastic cap and allow pre-poo sit for about 30 minutes.
• Rinse thoroughly.
• Proceed with your fave shampoo
In closing I’d say, in order to get the best out of your pre-poo treatment, do it on dry hair. Doing it on damp or wet hair makes the oil sit on the hair hence working as a sealant rather than penetrating the hair shaft to protect it from cuticular damage. Also, be sure to use a penetrating oil. Some oils take longer time to penetrate the hair shaft and so may not be of much benefit in a pre-poo treatment. Example of penetrating oils are: unrefined coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil or babassu oil.
If you don’t already have pre-poo as part of your wash day routine, do you consider it worth a try?
If you do, what is your favorite pre-poo treatment? please share with us
Thanks for stopping by😊
until your next read,