If you guys have been following me for a while, you know pre-poo is bae. I started pre-pooing a little over two years ago, at the beginning of my transitioning hair journey. At first I had no idea what a pre-poo was, all I know is that it worked. After doing my own research and reading a few success stories, I was completely sold. Like my hair used to be in chunks all over the bathroom tub every wash day, so I knew it was time to try something different. I honestly felt like I had nothing to lose. My hair was also extremely dry and shed a lot after shampooing it, but since I started pre-pooing I noticed results immediately. But before we get into why you should pre-poo, let’s explore what exactly a pre-poo is.
What is a Pre-poo?
Pre-poo is short for a pre-shampoo treatment. It is similar to a hot oil treatment, but you apply it before shampooing. It is used as an extra step in natural hair care regimens to provide a shield against shampoos tendency to strip your hair of its natural oils and moisture. Pre-poo treatments usually consist of a water-based conditioner, oil, or DIY blends that are applied to your hair before washing. There are also a lot of already made pre-poo treatments on the market, if you don’t want to make your own.
You can argue that pre-poos are not necessary, but there are so many benefits you can reap from doing this extra step, such as
- Hydration & Moisture Retention
- Reduce the pH of the shampoo
- Improved Styling
- Strengthens Hair
- Less Breakage
- Hair is Easier to Detangle
What you use as a pre-poo is up to you. But try to choose according to what your hair needs and craves in order to get the most out of your pre-poo. My hair lacks moisture, especially during the warmer months, so I enjoy using oils, aloe vera gel and other hydrating natural ingredients. My current favorites are grapeseed oil, coconut oil, Jamaican black castor oil, black seed castor oil, red pimento oil and my very own DIY aloe vera treatment. I’ve tried other oils and treatments, but my hair responds well to these ingredients.
Today I used the Jamaican Red Pimento Hair Growth Oil by Tropical Isle Living for my pre-poo of choice. This oil is the answer to all your hair growth questions. This oil is extracted from the leaves of the pimento tree with a method called steamed distillation.
- Stimulates follicles for increased hair growth
- Improves blood circulation & detoxifies scalp
- Supplies valuable nutrients to the hair roots and shaft
- Strengthen, Thickens and Rapidly Grows your hair
- Helps remove toxin & parasites that can stunt your hair growth
- Adds Moisture & Sheen to Hair
Difference between a Pre-Poo and Deep Conditioner
This treatment is a pre-poo, and not a deep conditioner because it’s purpose is not to mend cracks and flaws from damaged hair, but to prevent moisture from escaping while adding extra moisture to your hair, during your wash day routine.
PRE- POO STEPS
1.) Section Hair Into 4 Sections
2.) Add Pre-poo of choice to hair
3.) Massage a liberal amount of your pre-poo directly into the scalp (optional)
4.) Detangle each section thoroughly.
5.) Add pre-poo to ends of your hair
6.) Create a single braid or twist
7.) Repeat the same steps on the rest of your hair
8.) Cover your head with shower cap and you’re done
Pre-poo treatments can sit on the hair anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight, depending on your hair needs, your preference and hair type. This will dictate what ingredients or products you pre-poo with. However, I feel pre-poos work best when done overnight, allowing enough time for full penetration.
If you want a visual of what I explained above, check out my youtube video down below. It’s a detailed tutorial, in which I show you step by step how to master the art of pre-poo every single time. Hope you find it helpful. Enjoy!
Do you pre-poo your hair before you wash it? If so, what’s your favorite ingredients or products to pre-poo with? Also, what other tips or products do you use to retain more moisture during your wash day routine?
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