If you’ve been on any natural hair blog, I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase ‘pre-poo.’ And if you haven’t heard it, go ahead and get your laugh out now, friend. It is a funky name, I know, but once you’ve been introduced to the world of pre-poo, I guarantee you’ll make it a permanent part of your AfroBaby’s hair regimen.
If your little one’s hair seems chronically dry, pre-pooing is what is probably missing from your hair regimen. Let’s talk about what it actually is and how to pre-poo properly.
What is Pre-poo?
Pre-poo is simply short for pre-shampoo. It’s a conditioning treatment used to protect the hair from some of the drying ingredients in shampoos. Not only that, but detangling the hair becomes 10 times easier when hair is slick and flexible with a pre-poo. Here’s how:
As you can see, pre-pooing will become your best friend, momma.
There are tons of ways to pre-poo. Most use a good natural oil or a combination of oils, and some use a combination of both oil and conditioner. Some even use food! Whatever you choose, the goal is to achieve maximum slip.
*Note: I wouldn’t necessarily recommend pre-pooing with oil after taking down a long-term style. In those instances, you’ll want the sulfates in the shampoo to get rid of the dirt and build-up from the long-term style, and pre-pooing with oil would make that difficult.
African Pride makes an Aloe & Coconut Water Pre-Shampoo that does a fantastic job of adding slip and conditioning the hair without contributing to build-up.
How to Pre-poo?
Step 2: Section and Apply
Section your AfroBaby’s hair into at least 4 sections. Apply your oil or oil mixture section by section. And don’t be shy. We want to get a nice saturation going.
Cover the whole scale and then gently massage the scalp from the nape of the neck to those precious edges to increase circulation and ensure everything is covered.
You can detangle section by section as you apply the pre-poo, but if you know that your little one’s hair is especially dry or tangled, you’ll benefit from just applying and then moving on to the next step.
Step 3: Cover and Sit
Cover the hair with a plastic cap and grab your little one a snack. Hang out for about 30 minutes.
For maximum penetration, have your AfroBaby sit under a hooded dryer on low or soak a hand towel in warm water and wrap it around the plastic cap.
The heat will open the hair cuticles and allow all of that goodness to come in. And the hair will be soooo soft.
Step 4: Detangle and Shampoo
If you opted to let the pre-poo sit, now it’s time to detangle each section. After detangling, shampoo hair section by section.
That’s it! Welcome to the world of pre-poo. 😊
What’s your favorite way to pre-poo? Let’s talk about it in the comments.