Sunday is my wash day. I try to wash every week, but some times I run out of time on Sundays between church, groceries, and all my other Sunday errands. When that happens I’ll push my wash day back to the following Sunday. Two weeks is the longest I go without washing. I’ve never tried to go longer because by week two my scalp is screaming for a bath.
In this post, I’m sharing how I pre’poo my hair. The steps are always the same, but I do change ingredients (products) depending on what my hair needs.
I always know it’s time to wash when my hair starts to look raggedy like this. All those free hairs flying out of my twists is definitely not cool. Further motivation to get my wash on.
Another look at the raggedness. The bee bees around my front hairline have gots to go. You can always tell when a style’s been in for a while because the edges become frizzy.
Back view! I just wanted to post this because my hair’s getting so long and I’m proud 🙂 This picture really showcases that hangtime. For those of you in TWA status fret not, believe me there are pros and cons to ALL lengths. Also if growth is a hair goal of yours you’ll be able to reach this length in no time 1-2 years tops.
If there is one hair tool I can’t live without it is claw clips! These things are stress relievers – I promise. When I’m doing my hair I hate it when there is a section that keeps falling in my face or on my hand. Claw clips make it easy to pull your hair back and pin it out of the way. I prefer these over the long beak nose clips. The beak nose clips are better for holding small sections of hair out of the way when your twisting or braiding your hair. For controlling large and or chunky hair sections these claw/butterfly clips go hard.
When I pre’poo my hair I make anywhere from 6 – 8 sections. I then treat each section with product and two strand twist it up.
First I spray water on the section to give the hair strands some elasticity and flexibility. After my hair is wet I saturate the section with oil. In the photo above, that is coconut oil in a Doo Gro applicator bottle and I’ve also added Eucalyptus and Vitamin E drops. Make sure you are very liberal with the oil it will help keep your hair from getting stripped when you wash it.
Just to elaborate here, the whole goal with shampooing is to remove all the product from your hair, but most shampoos not only remove the product, but they also remove the natural oils in your hair. That is why “pre’pooing” has value. Pre’pooing will prevent your hair from being stripped of it’s natural oils by the shampoo.
As you finish “pre’pooing” each of your sections, it’s possible you’ll find your twists start to unravel. To prevent the unravelage, I put bobby pins on my ends. To be honest with you, if I could find the barrette clips from when we were kids, I’d put those on instead. Meanwhile, this bobby pin trick has been working for me.
When all of your sections have been oiled, up your good to go. Usually when you “pre’poo” it’s good to also detangle. On this particular day I was feeling super lazy so I skipped the detangling during pre’poo and I just detangled in the shower – section by section with detangler. Having tried it both ways, detangling during pre’poo and detangling in the shower, it’s actually much faster to detangle during pre’poo so I wouldn’t recommend skipping the detangling step during your pre’poo. To incorporate detangling, spray water add conditioner and detangle the hair section. After you detangle apply the oil and twist the section.
That’s all she wrote fam. I hope this is helpful for the natural newbies. For my natural vets perhaps one of the tips struck a cord. Either way, thanks for checking out this blog post. Your turn now – how do you pre’poo? What oils do you use? Let me know your experiences in the comments below.
Peace, love, & God’s grace