It’s the middle of the year and you may be taking a look at some of those hair goals that you set for yourself way back in January. How’s that growth coming girl? If you’re like me, you might be hanging in there, but your hair isn’t quite where you envisioned it to be. Have no fear fellow hair diva! We think we may have a little trick that you will be able to use that can promote hair growth: pre-poo. Oh, you’ve never heard of the art of pre-pooing? Keep reading to find out how pre-pooing can help your hair to growth great lengths! (well at least maybe an inch or two).
What is pre-poo?
Pre-poo is exactly what it sounds like—a treatment that you apply to your hair before you shampoo. The pre-poo can take many forms such as a hair masque, conditioning treatment, hot oil treatment, among others. Some people opt to use products such as eggs or yogurt The key thing to remember is that with any pre-poo there will always come a shampoo. As we alluded to earlier, there are two ways that people tend to pre-poo that will be discussed within this article: oil or conditioner.
When you opt for an oil pre-poo, you are usually trying to prepare your hair for something harsh like a flat iron. One of the problem with using oil as a pre-poo goes back to what can and cannot penetrate the hair shaft. Go back to my article on penetrating oils to get s sense of which oils are best to use for your pre-poo. As a rule of thumb, the lighter oils tend the be the easiest t work with. That doesn’t mean completely stray away from your castor oil. After all, it’s a well-known fact that using it on a regular can provide some serious growth results. However, the Shedavi Elixir can be equally useful and it houses a variety of oils that will stimulate hair growth and provide you with the perfect pre-poo treatment.
Doing a conditioner pre-poo treatment is ideal for if you’re looking to get your hair softer and more manageable prior to shampooing. We’ve all been in a situation where our hair was so matted that just going straight to shampoo was completely out of the question. The difference between a co-wash and a pre-poo treatment is that with a code Dash wash you are not going to be shampooing your hair afterwards. One of the issues that you run into with doing a pre—pool treatment with conditioner is that you typically have to condition your hair again after you are done shampooing. Remember that a a shampoo strips the hair of anything that was on it to begin with. Therefore, even if you do leave the conditioner on for awhile (I.e. Deep condition) you risk all your efforts being done in vain. For this reason, we don’t recommend doing a deep conditioning prior to shampooing. You have other options if you’re trying to get the most out of your pre-Poo.
Aloe Vera Pre-Poo
As a bonus, I want to share with a little something I like to do with my pre-poo treatments: using aloe vera gel. Many people forget about all the benefits of aloe vera for your skin, and the scalp is no different. If you have any type of scalp condition that causes irritation, you will greatly appreciate pre-pooing with aloe vera because it soothes the scalp while also softening the hair strands. If you don’t want to deal with conditioner or oil, aloe vera may be a great substitution.
How to Pre-Poo
Regardless of what you plan on using to perform your pre-Poo, the process will stop be about the same. Apply a generous amount of oil, conditioner, aloe vera, or other treatment to each strand —making sure it’s nice and saturated. Put on your processing cap and relax for about 20-30 minutes. Once time is up, shampoo your hair and style as usual. Want to give your hair a little extra TLC? Use the Shedavi Crown Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner after your pre-poo to reap all the benefits of your treatment.
So, now you have some insight as to pre-pooing your hair to aid in growth and hair health. Do you have other recipes that you use to pre-poo your tresses? Tell us about in the comments!
Written by Bianca Scott