WHAT IS A PRE-POO?
“Pre-poo” is the short name for a pre-shampoo hair treatment. Pre-poos can come in my forms, such as oils, butters, conditioners or homemade concoctions.
Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Oil/Butter Blends, Avocados, Bananas, Mayonnaise, Honey/Agave.
Each method has different advantages. Oil nourishes your scalp and adds lubrication which eases detangling and minimizes breakage. Homemade concoctions can be tweaked to add protein or moisture, or even adjust your hair’s porosity. Bananas and agave/honey are great for moisturizing and softening the hair. Mayonnaise and avocados have proteins which make them mild strengthen treatments. What works best for you will depend on your hair type.
I personally alternate between hot oil treatments using my Nourishing Hair & Body Oil, and a homemade concoction called the “Cherry Lola Treatment.” This treatment uses baking soda to create an alkaline base that temporarily adjusts the hair’s porosity and allows your deep conditioners to penetrate more effectively. My recipe also has amino acids, banana puree, agave and molasses. For me, this results in easier detangling and soft, shiny hair after I’ve finished deep conditioning. If you are interested in trying this treatment yourself, I recommend reading this article first.
By adding pre-pooing to your regimen, you can achieve the following benefits regardless of which method you choose.
HOW DO I PRE-POO?
In general, you’d apply your desired treatment to hair that has not been washed. Treatments can be left in from anywhere between 20 minutes t to overnight. If you are using oils, I recommend spritzing your dry hair with water, and applying the oils generously to your hair and scalp. Cover with a plastic cap and leave it in overnight, or make it a hot oil treatment by sitting under the dryer for 20-30 minutes. Then you’d use warm water in the shower to wash out your treatment and proceed with shampooing. Some homemade concoctions don’t require the use of a dryer- like the Cherry Lola Treatment. If your concoction contains eggs, it’s best to avoid using the dryer or rinsing with water that is hot enough to cook the eggs in your hair. For conditioners and other homemade concoctions, you may want to consider applying them to dry hair. Think of your hair as a sponge: it can only absorb so much moisture once it’s already wet.
Pre-pooing is especially useful in the winter when the hair tends to be drier. I recommend pre-pooing to anyone who is looking to increase shine, softness, or decrease breakage. If you know someone who needs assistance on their hair journey, please share this article with them! I’m sure they will find it helpful.
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