The Art Of The Pre-poo

By Kavuli Nyali - Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What is a pre-poo?

To apply a conditioning / treatment to the hair prior to shampooing / washing so as to add moisture to the follicles.

How does the pre-poo affect your hair?

Yes, it's true that everything that put on your hair before a shampoo will be washed away. It may be hard to see the point of doing this step in the first place. Let's remember that the process of washing the hair can be very stressful on the hair, especially if you are still using a sulfate shampoo. In fact, there tends to be a ton of manipulation during the washing, deep conditioning and styling routine. Doing a  pre-poo conditions the cuticle and gets it prepared for the manipulation to follow

Which products are best for a pre-poo?

What you use as a pre-poo is solely up to you. I enjoy using a protein conditioner/treatment as a pre-poo if I know that I will be deep conditioning with a moisturizing treatement. In general, oils, powders, humectants such as honey and conditioners are all great options for pre-poos. Choose according to what your hair needs and craves in order to get the most out of your pre-poo.

How to do a pre-poo 

  • Gather your ingredients for your pre-poo
  • Section your dry hair into 4 or more sections
  • De-tangle each section with a wide tooth comb
  • Spread your choice of pre-poo over each section
  • Cover hair with a conditioning cap and sit under a hooded dryer if you choose
Doing a pre-poo will give your hair that fighting chance it needs to withstand further manipulation on wash day.

Have you tried a pre-poo? If so, what's your favorite product to use? let us know in the comment section below!

Have a Good Hair Day!!!

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