Heat exposure, chemical treatments, coloring, and poor grooming techniques can all lead to dry, damaged, or brittle hair. In such situations, shampooing and conditioning might not be enough to revive your locks. You might need to incorporate “pre-pooing” into your routine.
Pre-poo is an abbreviation of the term “pre-shampoo.” It’s a step that some people aren’t familiar with, yet it can do wonders for restoring hair health.
Keep reading to learn more about pre-pooing, including benefits, DIY recipes, and how to get started.
Depending on the length and texture of your hair, shampooing and conditioning can be a workout in itself. Incorporating a pre-shampoo routine might seem like more work — but it’s worth the extra effort.
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Pre-pooing is the process of applying a treatment to your hair before the actual shampoo process. The treatment provides your hair with a protective layer. This is helpful because shampooing can strip moisture from the hair. And applying a conditioner after shampooing isn’t always enough to restore lost moisture.
People with certain hair textures might be more familiar with pre-pooing, such as those who have curly or kinky hair. But the truth is, anyone can benefit from pre-shampooing. This treatment can have a restorative effect on dry, tangled, and damaged hair.
Benefits of pre-shampooing include:
- adds extra moisture to dry locks
- promotes softer, vibrant hair
- makes it easier to detangle hair
- boosts the effectiveness of conditioner, resulting in stronger locks and less breakage
The process of pre-shampooing is simple and doesn’t take too much time. Since it occurs before shampooing and conditioning, you’ll apply the pre-poo product to dry hair. This allows the product to coat your strands and lock in moisture before you wet your hair.
Divide and conquer
To make it easier, apply the pre-poo to hair in sections. Divide your hair into four to eight sections depending on length and thickness. This makes it easier to distribute the product evenly over your strands. Coat your hair with the product from roots to ends.
Detangle the tangles
Once you’ve applied the product to each section, use a wide tooth comb to carefully detangle each section.
Soak it in
As a general rule of thumb, leave the pre-poo product on your hair for at least 30 minutes before shampooing. Of course, the longer you pre-poo, the better.
If you prefer, pre-poo earlier in the day, and wash your hair several hours later. Or, do an overnight pre-poo. This involves applying the protective product on your hair at night, wrapping your hair with a scarf, and washing in the morning.
The longer you leave the pre-poo product on your strands, the softer and shinier your hair will be.
Wash, condition, and rinse thoroughly
Once you’ve finished pre-pooing, wash and condition your hair as normal. Be sure to rinse your hair thoroughly to avoid product residue.
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