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Hair care used to be so simple. Shampoo, conditioner, a couple of styling products, and you’re good to go. Now that natural hair care is a precise and sophisticated science, extra steps like “pre-pooing” are common. If you’re unsure whether you need to pre-poo your hair, how to pre-poo your hair, or what “pre-poo” even means – you’ve come to the right place.

Pre-poo is short for pre-shampoo. To pre-poo your hair, you apply nourishing products before you apply shampoo.

Do I need to pre-poo my hair?

Pre-pooing can seriously improve the texture and health of your hair. If you do it on a regular basis, your hair will become noticeably softer and stronger. However, it’s not necessary to pre-poo every single time you wash your hair.

Think of pre-pooing as a way to take your hair from “normal” to “wow.”

How does pre-pooing benefit the hair?

There are two main reasons that people pre-poo.

  1. Extra moisture. Shampoos are often quite drying, and they can strip your hair of its natural oils. Pre-pooing prevents that by providing an extra layer of protection.
  2. Detangling. Another benefit of pre-pooing is that it provides an easy opportunity to comb out all those tangles and knots and remove shed hair. When you wash your hair afterward, it’ll take much, much less time.
How do I pre-poo? What should I use to pre-poo?

You can go two ways: DIY or store-bought. Either way, a good pre-poo has moisturizing, natural ingredients, such as:

  • Natural oils, such as olive, coconut, or jojoba.
  • Aloe vera gel or juice – the more raw, the better.
  • Honey.
  • Essential oils.
  • Protein – if your hair needs extra protein, a pre-poo is a great time to add it to your routine.

You can use your favorite deep conditioner or masque as a pre-poo, too.

If you’d like to buy a store-bought pre-poo, try the Mielle Organics Mongongo Oil Pre-Shampoo Treatment. If you’d like to make your own, a simple combo of olive oil and all-natural aloe vera gel will do wonders.

Whatever you use, make sure to apply evenly from root to tip.

When should I pre-poo?

It’s best to let the pre-poo soak into your hair overnight. However, not all of us plan that far ahead! Even if you only apply pre-poo 15 minutes before washing your hair, you’ll still see some benefits.

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Blow Drying Natural Curls: What You Need To Know

It’s the height of summer, and walking around with wet hair is no fun. But applying heat to curly hair can cause serious damage. What’s a natural-haired gal to do?

There are ways to blow-dry curly hair while still protecting it from damage and preventing frizz. Whether you’re going for a full blow-out or just trying to dry off after a shower, you can safely blow dry your curls.

Here’s how to do it.

Use a Diffuser

A diffuser is a hair dryer attachment that spreads the air out over a wider surface. Not only does it minimize damage, but it also minimizes frizz. Diffusers can even help even out your natural curl pattern and add some volume, if that’s what your hair needs.

To use a diffuser on curly hair, simply cup the diffuser around your wet hair. Let each section of your hair sit in the diffuser for a few moments at a time. Your hair should be conditioned and styled before you diffuse it.

Blow-dry On Low Heat or Cool Air

Each time you blow dry, make sure the heat is turned on low or turned off entirely. You don’t want to blast your hair with super hot air. Yes, cooler air takes longer to dry your hair. But the health of your hair is worth the extra time.

Use Heat Protectants

If you’re blowing your hair out, you may need to use medium heat to actually stretch the hair. In that case, make sure you use a heat protectant first. Apply it evenly from root to tip on each section before blow drying. Heat protectants create a barrier on top of your hair, which prevents the heat from damaging your hair cuticle.

Air Dry First

If you have the time, air dry your hair for 15 minutes or so before you blow dry. Blot excess moisture with a T-shirt or microfiber towel, which are both gentle on curly hair. Then blow dry. You won’t spend as much time blow drying, and you’ll end up with less frizz.

Keep It Moving

Lastly, don’t let the blow dryer sit on one section of hair for too long. Ideally, the blow dryer should keep moving around every few seconds. Otherwise, you risk putting too much heat on your hair at once, which spells damage.


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