Whenever I came across natural hair articles or blogs when I was just starting out, I was met with this daunting term that implied my washing process was going to be even loooonger than I originally anticipated.
So what is a pre poo?
Pre pooing is a process which happens before the initial shampoo, and involves giving the hair some prior care before getting it all wet and soapy.
It includes dousing your hair with oil or some prior treatment, and leaving it on for a little while.
If you haven’t noticed, many shampoos (and just soap in general) can leave your hair feeling extra dry and needy. It strips away all impurities, including the natural oil that keeps our scalps moisturised. We know the hairlings need moisture. So the pre poo comes in to save the day.
when the time comes for shampooing, the hair doesn’t get that bad of a moisture loss because the oil kind of lingers… leaving much needed nourishment. It also makes the detangling process much easier, and if you’re wondering about the right combs to use when detangling, here is a post that can spell it out real quick for you.
Pre Poos include fun stuff such as:
- Hair masks
- Oils like Olive oil, Castor oil, Amla oil or Coconut oil
- Store bought treatments
- Aloe Vera
- Vinegar (this is my preferred one because it works on that pesky dandruff!)
- Home-made recipes
- Shea Butter
How long should one pre poo for?
It should take between 15 – 30 minutes, nothing too fancy. In fact when I do it, it’s usually while preparing for the rest of the washing process. Getting my tools and products out, fixing up a nice deep conditioning combo (I many times make my own) as well as getting the water hot hot. by the time I’m done with all these, I just jump into the water.
Enjoy your next wash day!