Happy Monday Naturalista’s!!! I think this is one of the most important parts of wash day. I did not used to do this but, I have learned that my hair benefits from it greatly. I know some of you have no idea what pre poo is or need a better understanding. Pre-pooing is basically when you apply conditioner or oil such as coconut oil, to your dry hair prior to your wash. The purpose is to prepare your hair for the shampoo and conditioning process.
The dry, squeaky feeling hair can have after washing is a common concern among naturals. But the solution is simple — pre-pooing with a penetrating oil (such as coconut oil) Plus, it can help with pre-wash detangling. Try a quick 20 minute pre-poo before your next detangle and wash. Not only will your hair feel softer after washing, you’ll also see a reduction in breakage and shedding that occurs during detangling and washing.
Yes the product applied during the pre-poo will be rinsed out during your washing process. But, there are a lot of benefits to pre-pooing. First, the wash routine is very stressful on the hair. There is a lot of manipulation that tends to take place when we wash, deep condition and style our hair.
We can avoid damage to the cuticle layer by simply making sure the hair is conditioned before the excessive manipulation takes place. Pre- Pooing is the answer to the problem of wash day manipulation. With the pre- poo your hair will feel less stripped after you wash.
I like to use coconut oil for my pre-poo. It has the ability to penetrate and add protein to your hair. I found these directions via Curlynikki.com on how to pre-poo using Coconut oil:
How does using coconut oil for pre-pooing work? When coconut oil is applied to the hair as a pre-shampoo or pre-wetting treatment a small amount of the oil can be absorbed into the hair and can penetrate under the cuticle when the hair fiber swells. Coconut oil has a strong affinity for hair proteins and can protect the hair by binding to these proteins. This reduces the protein’s ability to bind to water molecules resulting in less swelling, less contracting and less trauma.- curlynikki.com
Try using coconut oil as a pre-shampoo treatment the next time you cleanse your hair. Coconut oil is typically solid at room temperature so you’ll need to heat it to liquefy it.
How to Pre-poo: (via curlynikki.com)
1. Apply coconut oil to the hair in sections.
2. Place a plastic cap over the hair and allow the oil to penetrate into the hair
shaft for at least 30 minutes.
3. Shampoo and condition as usual!
Pre-shampooing your hair with coconut oil will improve the ability to maintain moisture, shine and softness to your hair. From my experience I have noticed a difference with less shedding and less breakage over time
More info here: http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/10/the-art-of-pre-poo.html
Have a Happy Monday Naturalista’s!! Do you Pre-poo? What do you use?
Happy Friday Naturalista’s. Fall is upon us!!! Do you change your regimen for the Fall/Winter? Well since my regimen has been updated I wanted to share it with all of you
My Updated Regimen is as follows
Co-Wash once a week either on Friday or Sunday (whichever day I have time)- With As I am Coconut Cowash/ Tresemme Naturals
Shampoo Once a month with – Cream of Nature with Argan Oil, Sulfate Free shampoo
Leave in conditioner Giovanni Direct Leave in
Styler- (for twist n curls – Qhemet Atheiopika Hydrate and Twist butter, For Braid and Curls- Design Essentials Natural Twist and Set setting lotion)
Deep conditioner Palmers Olive Oil Formula Deep Conditioner- should deep condition every wash session
And lastly I Seal my ends with coconut oil and/or Cantu leave in Conditioner
Since it is getting colder remember to MOISTURIZE your hair more than you would in the summer
Other tips via CURLYNIKKI.COM: http://www.curlynikki.com/2010/11/winterizing-your-natural-hair.html
- Consider updos to protect your hair (especially your delicate ends) from the elements. Central heat, bitter winds, and the vents in your car that blast heat on high, can all-weather your strands. I’m not really into hiding my hair, but I do tend to bun more often in the winter.
- Deep treat at every styling session. Do as I say, not as I do, lol. When I was doing this, my hair was exquisite. All it takes is 15 minutes… and don’t forget the bonnet dryer, it really does make a difference!
- Look for satin lined hoods and hats to keep the wool and cotton from wicking the moisture from your curls and/or causing breakage. Plus, the satin lining will help prevent hat hair! I’m too cool for hats, but I do line my coat collar with a satin scarf to keep my ends from catching on the rough material.
- Opt for curl creams, not gels for the winter months. Save the gels for summer. Moisture is the goal, and a styler that has moisturizing properties is a win-win.”
I have not bought any products in the last two months!!!!! YAYY ME!! – I have curlbox and it has been serving me up some good products!!! Myleik is the bomb.com let me tell ya!!!
Styles will remain the same, and include protective styles such as my twists, which I will leave in for a few days before takedown.
Have you tweeked your regimen for winter?
Happy Hump Day Naturalistas!!! So I have been doing my braid and curl for a LONG TIME now…but this past week I think I may have found my Staple to doing the BEST braid and curl EVER!!! Here is what I did along with pics! Check it out!!!
So I Co- Washed with TREsemme Naturals ( I think I will be co washing from now on… my hair has never felt better!!!) I parted my hair in three sections and washed it in the shower.
Then I detangled with my fingers!! Awesome LOL! After washing I dried my hair with my famous T-Shirt! Then I used Kinky Curly Knot Today for the leave in, and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing smoothie to style and my results were great!!!!! Check out the pics!!!!!
Happy Saturday hope you all are relaxing and enjoying your day.
Question: Do you have some products that are a MUST have? Have these products worked for you so well that you can’t go without them?(Your Staple products) Your HOLY GRAIL Products…. Well… Here are a few of my Must have products and accessories
These products have never failed me. From Left to right: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (styling), Kinky Curly Knot Today (Leave In), Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and shine shampoo, and TRESemme Naturals Nourishing moisture Conditioner. Always got to have the Jane Carter Nourish and Shine!!! Great product to take town twists with!! And the go to ECO Styler Gel… Man I don’t know how my hair would lay down and fit into a bun without this! Whew!! And lastly, my loyal Toothbrush and Pic!!!! These are my must haves!!!