Of all my years being chemical free, I rarely gave much thought to the concept of pre-pooing my natural hair. Now that I am responsible for not only my hair but also my daughter’s hair, I am engaging in much more research on methods to incorporate into an effective regimen for maximizing the health of both her hair and mine. As I am seeking, I realize more and more how moisture is a critical component to retaining hair length. Before starting this blog, I have not been moisturizing our hair enough which is why the first post of my blog dealt with a much needed chop to Z’s hair in order to start anew on a healthier hair journey. I now desire to utilize the best techniques to help me fulfill the moisture needs of our natural hair especially under the dry and cold weather condition.
From my understanding, pre-pooing is basically treating the hair with either oil(s) and/or treatments before proceeding with pooing (aka shampooing) their hair. The idea behind the process is restore any moisture loss and to help prevent the hair from:
- being stripped of its essential oils and moisture due to the harsh ingredients found in some shampoo products
- swelling too much with water which can weaken the shaft and lead to breakage if the hair is not handled with care
Some popular oils used for pre-pooing process include:
- Coconut Oil (my favorite!)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Homemade mixtures of any of these oils and other oils (such as Grapeseed, Castor)
- Dampen hair with water (preferably with distilled water)–optional especially if using a water-based product
- Generously apply pre-poo product (oil and/or natural/commercial product) to each section of hair, focusing heavily on the ends (the oldest parts of the hair).
- Cover hair with a plastic cap for 15-30 minutes
- Remove cap and proceed with regular cleansing routine (braids, cornrows, twists, etc can be removed at this point)