If you haven't been doing it, it's time think about prepooing your curls. Never heard of it? Here's why it's a good idea to prepoo your curls. Prepoo is a treatment you do before cleansing your curls. A lot of moisture can be lost in the washing process, but prepooing will help lock it in. Not only is it beneficial to your hair, it's also easy to do with products you probably already have on hand. Prepooing will help boost moisture, reduce frizz, and increase shine. Really, what's not to love about it?
Why It's A Good Idea To Prepoo Your Curls
What to use:
Prepooing is really quite easy, and it usually starts with an oil based product. However, there are lots of other things you can choose to utilize. Some good starting points are olive oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. Some curly girls also use honey, mashed bananas, and whole fat yogurt. You can blend some of these products to make yourself your own custom mixture as well.
How to do it:
Before you begin washing your curls, you'll want to start with your prepoo. Pick your product, and divide your curls into even sections. Depending on your length and density of hair, you might need to make more sections. Gently detangle any significant knots using a wide toothed comb.
Start applying the prepoo throughout your hair, coating each section evenly with the product. You can also apply it to your scalp if you'd like. However, if you have fine or thin curls, consider using a more lightweight oil so as not to drag down your strands. After you've applied the prepoo, twist or loosely braid each section and place it aside. Complete your entire head.
Allow to sit in your curls for at least an hour, or overnight if you'd like. You can also cover your head with a plastic shower cap to help hold heat in, which will soften your curls and better activate the product. In the morning, wash your curls as you normally would, using a low sulfate shampoo or cowash. Follow up with your favorite conditioning treatment.