Welcome to our first installation of "Natural Hair Basics", a…
Are you down with the prepoo? Do you know how it benefits your curls? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered….
To “prepoo” is to apply products to your hair before shampooing. The products you use help to protect, preserve and nourish you hair prior to using shampoos that can strip your hair of its natural oils.
Can’t I just use conditioner?
Glad you asked ;-). While conditioners can certainly make up the bulk of the protein and moisture balancing in your hair care regimen, the first ingredient in conditioner is water. As we all know, when water and textured hair get together, the hair swells. Hygral fatigue is the damage to hair strands that results from the repeated expansion when wet to contraction when dry. Nobody is saying to skip your wash days! A clean scalp is the foundation for healthy hair. However, if prepooing is a part of your hair care regimen, you can use oils and butters instead of conditioner to avoid excessive expansion and contraction that can cause hygral fatigue.
What should I use for a prepoo?
Well, there are several studies out there that tout the ability of coconut oil to penetrate the hair shaft, why not start there? If you’re a marathon prepooer, you could also use a heavier oil like JBCO or shea butter for some TLC prior to shampooing. Temps are rising and the air is getting drier, your hair will love you for the extra pampering.
Let us know on our Facebook page how your prepoo/shampoo days go. Do you look forward to it like you do your regular mani-pedi? Or do you avoid it like the plague?