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