Sis, Do You Even Pre-Poo? Easy Styling for Natural Hair

Sis, do you pre-poo? So y'all know I've been revamping my summer wash and go routine and one new thing I've been incorporating is a pre-poo treatment.  Now I have to be totally transparent, I'm not a pre-poo type of girl because I don't like adding any extra time to my routine, and quite frankly, I find it to be a complete waste of time. With that said, I’ve pushed through my own biases and have tried pre-pooing for two months now. I must say that I've been really surprised at the benefits my curls have seen from pre-poo treatments and will keep doing them throughout the summer. My favorite benefit that I’ve experienced thus far is easy detangling. I mean no fuss, comb right through, type of detangling. The best part is even after the pre-poo treatment, my hair remains detangled for the rest of my wash and condition process. When I pre-poo I actually do not steam my curls because the moisture is popping! I’ve only tried two brands, The Mane Choice Stop the Damage Pre or Post Poo Mask and Creme of Nature Clay & Charcoal Pre-Shampoo Detoxifying Clay Mask. Both of these treatments have yielded the same results I mentioned above. 

I’ve used these two pre-poo masks and have seen wonderful results.

I’ve used these two pre-poo masks and have seen wonderful results.

Okay, so why should you pre-poo? Well, the process of shampooing, especially with sulfate formulated shampoos, are designed to strip the hair of its natural oil called, Sebum. Sebum is what moistens the hair and keeps it from drying out. The role of a pre-poo treatment is to help prep the hair by adding moisture and minimize the harsh effects of shampoo. Furthermore, a pre-poo treatment can aide in the detangling process making washing and conditioning a breeze. 

Here are some additional benefits for pre-pooing: 

  • Remove product build-up from scalp and hair 

  • Soften hair and restore shine 

  • Detangle hair and reduce breakage 

What are the steps for pre-pooing? 

Step 1: On dry hair, before shampooing, apply the pre-poo mask to the hair starting from the root, working your way down to the ends. 

Step 2: Message mask onto hair and scalp. 

Step 3: Continue to separate hair and apply mask. 

Step 4: When your hair is fully covered, leave mask on hair for up to 15 minutes. You can use a plastic shower cap. 

Step 5: Remove the plastic cap and detangle hair with a large tooth comb. 

Step 6: Rinse thoroughly and continue to shampoo and conditioner. 

If you need more information on pre-pooing, check out this article from Naturally Curly entitled, “5 Reasons You Should Pre-Poo”.