Across the Atlantic, it’s an unwavering trend, and beautystas have long incorporated pre-poo into their hair routines.
This care that is used before the shampoo can have many virtues: nourishing, revitalizing, softening, repairing…
But why do you treat your hair before shampooing when you usually do after?
We explain in more detail the benefits and how to use pre-poo and we help you decide, we even give you three recipes to make at home!
Pre-poo – what is it?
A little English lesson and a definition to get you started!
Poo is the abbreviation of shampoo, the pre-poo as its name suggests is a treatment that is done before the shampoo.
That pre-poo can be an oil bath , a mask , a homemade grandma’s remedy or, now it’s getting funky, a pre-shampoo! In fact, you can use your conditioner pre-poo because the idea is just to condition before washing.
This treatment is often specially designed for people with dry and/or damaged hair who wish to improve the nutrition of the hair fiber or its level of hydration. But the problem of dandruff or excess sebum can also be treated.
Of course, frizzy hair is a fan of it and finds many benefits in it.
In general, we apply a pre-shampoo treatment that we have chosen, we style the hair and we leave it on for a while. At least half an hour but you can go up to overnight.
At the end of the exposure time, continue with a normal shampoo.
Pre-poo: what is its use?
Of course, one wonders what it means to choose a pre-shampoo treatment instead of a classic conditioner. As we have seen, pre-poo takes a long time.
This allows us to take care of our hair for a long time and to get the most out of it.
From a practical point of view, it is easier to wear a charlotte on the hair and go about your business during the exposure time than to stay cold in the shower and wait five minutes for adjustment after -shampoo.
Especially that in the end, whatever the goal, multiply the results by ten and win all the way. Deeply moisturizing , it softens the hair and acts as a detangler.
As with all hair care, it is important to choose a product that suits your hair type and your needs: low porosity hair, porous hair, curly hair, straight hair, dry hair, oily hair, everyone can benefit from a pre-poo.
Homemade pre-shampoo mask recipe
There are more and more pre-shampoo products on the market, but of course you can start a DIY pre-poo by getting the right ingredients! Cheaper and more natural, homemade recipes are just as good!
- 4 teaspoons of Amla oil (one of the most popular powders in India).
- 1 teaspoon of castor bean.
- 1 teaspoon of aloe vera.
- And 20 ml of hot water
- Mix amla powder with oil and aloe vera.
- Then add hot water to obtain a homogeneous paste.
- 1 egg.
- 2 teaspoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of shea butter.
- Melt the shea butter in a bain-marie.
- Pour the shea butter into a small bowl and add the other ingredients.
- Mix until obtaining a homogeneous treatment.
- 1 ripe avocado.
- A few tablespoons of jojoba oil or carapate oil (04 spoons are enough).
- Blend the avocado with a blender
- Pour the oil over the mashed avocado and blend again
How to use these pre-poo masks?
Pre-wash treatments are easier on dry hair and others on damp hair. In this case, the hair should be slightly dampened to facilitate application.
The right gesture to do: We moisten, then separate the hair into several sections, and we distribute the pre-poo by integrating them well on the ends.
Then wrap your hair in a plastic cap and/or a hot towel and leave it on for as long as possible. Wash at the end of the time then make a usual shampoo.
Another option is the co-wash, that is to say, wash your hair with your conditioner. So if you have made a pre-shampoo, simply emulsify it all over your head and then rinse it well.
What are the benefits of a pre-shampoo mask?
Yes, there are many advantages. This is where the pre-poo comes in!
Protection against the harmful effects of shampoo.
The shampoo removes excess styling products, dirt and grime built up throughout the week. Certain shampoos or too regular use rid the hair of its dandruff, or of its natural oil (sebum ), leaving the hair very clean, almost “bare”.
Afro hair , which is not rich in natural sebum, becomes dry and therefore prone to breakage after shampooing.
Creating a mask at the start of your routine fills the hair fiber with a greasy film that protects it from the stripping action of the shampoo.
The mask coats the hair with oils that soften it and make it easier to comb.
The hair is “clumped together” which speeds up the detangling session.
It is also recommended that you detangle your hair with your hands when doing your pre-poo treatment.
Soft and shiny hair.
The treatment not only preserves the sebum during washing, but also adds nutrients that fight dehydration to the hair a few days after your shampoo.
Thus, your hair will be soft and shiny for a long time!
As your hair becomes softer and healthier, your hair will be more defined.
It will also reduce frizz.
The oil film on the hair protects your hair from the effects of heat.
Now make a pre-poo mask part of your weekly routine for shinier, healthier hair.