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Natural Hair Starter Kit Part 4 – Pre-Pooing for Beginners


Photo Credit: Adrian V Floyd
Photo Credit: Adrian V Floyd


The term ‘pre-poo’ is short for pre-shampooing, of course. Essentially, it is applying a product or a combination of products to the hair before washing. These products adds a layer to the hair strands that ultimately protect it from the harshness of sulphate shampoos, and the high manipulation that comes with washing, even if washing in sections. Pre-poo treatments can sit on your hair from 30 minutes, or overnight if you really want a boost in vitality, and the results are so worth it. It reduces frizz, rough-feeling hair and brittle ends. A variety of hair products and natural treatments can be used as a pre-poo, so it’s easy mix and match and to pick your favourite one.

Penetrative oils (e.g. avocado, castor) and humectants (such as honey) are a great starting point. Humectants prevents loss of moisture as its main purpose is drawing moisture in to the hair, and keeping it there. The combination of humectants, oils and the addition of a regular conditioner helps to fight off that horrible stripped feeling you can get with most commercial shampoos.

Deep conditioners, or general moisturising treatments are other alternatives. You also get to double-up on the efficiency of your pre-poo; your hair is revitalised through whichever treatment you pick, and is protected from shampoo! It’s a win-win! Even hair masks can be used also.

However, be sure to detangle before applying the product mixture to your hair, just as you would prior to washing. It saves the heartache for another day! You also could kill two birds with one stone, and use your pre-poo treatment as a gentle detangler your hair, but I wouldn’t advise this with hair or clay masks.

It’s quick, easy and doesn’t it cost anything, especially with a DIY recipe! It’s all about finding the right balance for what your hair needs at that current time. So today may just be the day you incorporate pre-pooing into your regimen.

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Kassandra Bourne
Kassandra Bourne is born and bred in North-West London. She has been natural since February 2012, and her love and knowledge of natural hair has grown exponentially with her tresses. With a degree in her back pocket, she often wonders about her front pockets. Her hobbies includes videos games, vintage video games, Comicon, and...oh! running a hair blog.

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