Your Shampoo Routine Makeover

Your Shampoo Routine Makeover

Is it time to switch up your shampoo routine? Two terms are flooding hair blogs: pre-poo and reverse shampooing. The purpose of either process is to give hair a nutrient boost prior to shampooing. In a world of varying hair types, how does one determine which process is best for their mane? We have some information that we hope will help you decide if either process will support your strands.

The Term: Pre-Pooing

What is it?

Pre-pooing is great for dry, damaged, and curly hair

Pre-pooing is great for dry, damaged, and curly hair

Short for “pre-shampoo”, this treatment is designed to nourish and moisturize hair before shampooing. If your hair tends to dry out after shampooing (and you are not washing it with hot water), a pre-poo treatment is worth consideration. The treatment is similar to a hot oil treatment when carrier oil is used. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils. Honey, avocados, yogurt, and bananas have also proven to be effective.

What are the benefits?

Pre-poo treatments help improve hair manageability, detangling, softeness, and restores moisture. Pre-poo protects dry, damaged, and curly hair types that are susceptible to breakage if moisturizers are not present to protect strands.

How to: Pre-Poo

1. Choose carrier oil such as extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, jojoba, or grapeseed.
2. Detangle and separate hair into 4-6 sections
3. Apply oil to the hair from root to tip
4. Cover with a plastic cap for 20-30 minutes. Heat is optional but helpful
5. Rinse with lukewarm water and continue with normal shampoo routine

The Term: Reverse Shampoo

What is it?

Reverse shampooing is ideal for fine and/or thinning hair types

Reverse shampooing is ideal for fine and/or thinning hair types

Quite literally, the reverse shampoo process starts with the conditioning step and ends with shampoo. People who have thinning and/or fine hair types shy away from conditioners, concerned the product will weigh hair down. Conditioning steps are important to hair because it promotes manageability and moisture.

What are the benefits?

The purpose is to reduce the residue that is left behind after conditioner is used. Ideal for fine hair, reverse shampooing gives body to hair that becomes weighed down with product use.

How to: Reverse Shampoo

1. Wet hair thoroughly
2. Apply conditioner or hair mask to the bottom half of the hair
3. Leave on for a few minutes; DO NOT RINSE
4. Apply shampoo at the root, wash, and rinse as usual

Before your next shampoo…

Ask yourself: how well do I know my hair? Knowing you what your hair needs helps you take care of it. If you give pre-pooing a go, experiment with carrier oils to determine which works best for your hair. Thinking reverse shampooing is best for you? Remember this: shampoo the roots; condition the ends and rinse with cool water to seal in shine!

We want to see your gorgeous mane! Feel free to tag us on Instagram during your next great hair day!

–Shakinah

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