Back to the basics: prepooing?


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     Anyways, can we talk about more HAIRY THINGS? PREPOOING:

       A ‘prepoo’ is basically an abbreviation for the term ‘pre-shampoo’. It is any deep conditioning treatment done before you shampoo you hair and is usually done on dry hair. You can use an oil alone, a conditioner or an oil-conditioner mix. If you’re using oil(s) for your prepoo, you should include one that the hair can absorb (avocado, coconut or olive oil).

     For my prepoos, I like to use oils with or without a protein conditioner but you don’t have to: Protein conditioners can leave your hair feeling hard. That’s why I prefer to make them the first conditioner I use during my hair wash days. My favourite protein conditioners are One ‘n Only Brazilian Tech Keratin Deep Conditioning Treatment, Organic Root Stimulator Olive oil Replenishing Conditioner and Joico K-pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor. Some people have protein-sensitive hair and their hair doesn’t react well to protein and can cause breakage, etc. If your hair is like that, just use a moisturizing conditioner or oil. 

If you’re going to wash off the conditioner, why bother with ‘prepooing’?

  • It helps to prepare your hair for the harsh chemicals in your shampoo especially the sulfates like Sodium lauryl sulfate. These can be extremely drying on your hair and strip hair from the proteins. I think that you should prepoo every time you use a shampoo. Even if your shamoo is SLS-free, it will do your hair good to still prepoo.
  • Over time, your hair gets softer and more manageable. 
  • You can use up any old conditioners you have. 
  • Dry hair absorbs product easier than wet hair. It is therefore more beneficial to deep condition on dry hair!

     Now, there is one exception to prepooing. Creamy cleansers or cleansing conditioners are milder and don’t strip your hair. This means if you’re using a creamy cleanser like Hair One Cleansing Conditioners, I don’t think it’s necessary to prepoo except you feel like. 

How to do a prepoo

     On my wash day, I usually do a prepoo, shampoo and deep condition. In addition to my protein conditioners, I add amla oil. I have a video on how I prepoo. [Click HERE to watch it.]

     You should put the conditioner on your hair and apply heat to your scalp by using a heating cap or sitting under a steamer or bonnet dryer. If you don’t have any of these, warm the oil a little and then wear a shower cap and cover this with a thick hat to keep the warmth in. Leave on the conditioner for 30 minutes to an hour. Or do some exercise to increase your body temperature. If you have fine or light hair, you shouldn’t leave it in for longer than an hour. However, if your hair is thick or very unmanageable, you can stay for as long as possible, even overnight sometimes.

     [For examples of protein and moisturizing conditioners, click HERE. You can also watch my video on my homemade deep conditioner with palm oil by clicking HERE.]`

     Take the challenge: prepoo for a month and see the difference. You’ll be hooked for life!!

Dr Fomsky

About the author
Dr Fomsky

Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three, a medical doctor by day. Plus she owns a Nigerian-based online hair product store called Sizzelle.
Dr Fomsky is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she's had her babies, she's been struggling to keep her weight and her tummy down!
At night, she likes to read books, write blog posts and leave comments on other blogs. She lives in Paris, France and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book .
DR FOMSKY'S HAIR TYPE: 'Texlaxed' hair, High porosity, Fine hair strands, low to moderate density
CURRENT HAIR LENGTH: Between shoulder and armpit length
LONG-TERM PLAN: Grow out the front and crown hair sections to match the length of the back and sides.

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13 Comments to Back to the basics: prepooing?

  1. Maia says:

    That’s a terrific tip about pre-pooing with protein on days when I’m doing a protein treatment. That’s never occurred to me. I always pre-poo, wash, protein treatment, moisturizing DC, but doing a protein pre-poo is a genius idea. I’ll be trying that soon. Thank you .. Love your blog!

    • Dr_fomsky says:

      Thanks Maia. I’m always looking for ways to make this whole hair care thing simpler but effective! Take care and thanks for your compliments and regular comments :)

  2. JOYCE says:

    Thanks a lot! all this am going to put it into practice this year for you blog

  3. Ifai says:

    I never knew DC’ing on dry hair was beneficial. I always DC only on wet hair. Thanks for the info. Will surely start dry hair DC.

  4. Katchie says:

    Thanks for the tip on prepooing. I’ve seen the difference now that i do and i love it. Never knew Organic Root Stimulator Olive oil Replenishing Conditioner is a protein conditioner, cos i’ve been using it as my regular DC, though i think my hair loves it cos it really leaves it soft and manageable.

    • Dr_fomsky says:

      You’re welcome. Although Replenishing Conditioner is protein, it’s very light and in my honest opinion, I think it’s a good balance between a moisturizing and protein conditioner. Take care :)

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