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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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5 Simple Ways to Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness has taken over the world of well-being and mental health in the past year. It essentially involves being fully aware of your physical and emotional feelings in the moment, and while it’s often associated with meditation, there are many ways to practice mindfulness which have positive effects on your physical and mental well-being. Studies of mindfulness have shown that it relieves stress, increases productivity, improves mental and physical health, and even aids weight loss. Mindfulness is a way of reconnecting yourself to the world, heightening your awareness, and understanding your moods, but you don’t need a trained practitioner to see the benefits. You can try these five simple mindfulness techniques whenever you have a spare fifteen minutes – before bed, on your lunch break, or even during a quick trip to the bathroom!

Scan Your Body

Body scanning is a common mindfulness practice, involving focusing your attention on different parts of your body and noticing how they feel. Close your eyes and progressively pay attention to your body, from the bottom to the top – a minute on your feet, then your lower legs, then your hips, and so on. Notice any feelings of pain, heaviness, or tension to improve your bodily awareness and relieve physical stress.

Listen More

Extend mindfulness from yourself towards others by learning to listen mindfully in your interactions with friends, family, and colleagues. Instead of focusing on what you’re going to say next when someone else is speaking, pay attention to their words, facial expressions, and tone of voice. This will help you understand the other person’s aims more and form more meaningful responses in future.

Dance, Dance

Put on your favorite song and start moving your body to the music. Pay attention to your movements as you dance – what are the feelings in your arms as you sway them? Which parts of your body feel heavy, or light? How do you feel as you move? – and try to put other thoughts out of your mind. Dancing is an excellent way of centering yourself in the moment which is the central aim of mindfulness.

Breathe

Paying attention to your breathing is a great way of becoming aware of where you’re storing stress in your body and how to alleviate it. Spend fifteen minutes with your eyes closed, paying attention to the movement of your breath – follow it as it travels through your nose towards your belly and back again, imagining sending air to the knots of stress in your body to loosen them.

Search YouTube For Mindfulness Meditations

Guided meditation, where someone instructs you to gradually become aware of your body, is the most common way to practice mindfulness. These days, there are plenty of free guided meditation tutorials online so search YouTube for one of a length that suits you – ten minutes, half an hour, or more – and let yourself relax as a calming voice guides you through the process.

Research into mindfulness has shown that it increases grey matter density in the hippocampus, increasing your ability to learn and remember things, heightens the ability to handle stress constructively, and brings positive feelings and self-acceptance. Trying these easy mindfulness techniques a couple of times a week could improve your life significantly so give them a go next time you’ve got some spare time.

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