pre-poo 4c hair

Isn’t it interesting how much you learn once you start your natural hair journey? There are so many things I didn’t know about until I decided to learn about 4c hair

And one 4c hair growth hack I found out about recently is pre-poo treatments. Apparently, a good pre-poo routine is another step, wise Naturalistas have added to their wash day routine

So of course, I had to include it into my natural hair routine. And today I’m sharing how to pre-poo 4c hair. 

What are the benefits of pre-poo? 

Whenever I share something on this blog, it’s important to me to explain why I’m doing it. After all, taking care of your 4c hair should be fun and easy. So, every step needs to serve a purpose. 

In this case, the purpose of pre posing 4c hair is to limit hair damage. Depending on your hair texture, you might experience a lot of hair breakage after you take out a protective style or while detangling your natural hair. 

Well, if you pre-poo 4c hair before the shampoo treatment, you drastically decrease hair loss. And here are three good reasons why. 

  1. The pre-poo method applies a protective layer to natural hair, that does not only add extra moisture but also keeps the shampoo from stripping your hair of its moisture. 
  2. Pre-pooing makes it easier to detangle your hair strands and remove possible knots. Especially, if you apply the pre-poo mix in sections. 
  3. A good pre-poo treatment boosts the effectiveness of your deep conditioner, which leads to healthy hair. 
pre poo recipes for natural hair

How do you pre-poo 4c hair? 

Now that you know why this extra step is necessary, let’s see how to pre-poo 4c hair. 

Part your hair in sections

The first thing you want to do for an effective pre-poo routine is to work in sections. Divide your hair into at least four sections. At this step, you finger-detangle your hair softly. You do not want to use a wide-tooth comb yet, because your hair is not yet wet.

Apply the product

The next step is to apply the pre-poo product to each section evenly. You want to apply it to all your hair, from the roots to the ends of your hair. Don’t worry if your hair is dirty, because you will clean your hair once you shampoo it. 

Let it sit

Lastly, the best way to achieve results is to let it soak in under a plastic cap for at least 30 minutes. That way your hair can absorb as much moisture as possible. In contrast to deep conditioning, you don’t need to leave it in too long. 

Proceed with your shampoo 

Once 30 minutes pass, you can now go ahead with your regular wash day routine and apply your shampoo products. 

Best pre-poo products for 4c hair

Just like with co-washing, the pre-poo method is an optional step that does not require specific products. This means you can use your favorite conditioner, your favorite oil, or any other product you use in your hair care regimen. 

However, if you want to know which products will get you the best results, then this list will help: 

Aloe Vera Gel

The first product I ever used to pre-poo my natural hair was aloe vera gel. I looked up DIY pre-poo recipes online and recreated them. The main benefit of aloe vera is that it is rich in moisture and has protective entities, that make it perfect for the job. 

Natural Oils

Recently I’ve been using different hair oils to pre-poo my 4c hair. You can pretty much choose any oil of your choice. Examples include essential oils, such as jojoba oil and castor oil, or natural oils such as avocado oil, coconut oil, and almond oil. Using hair oil is a good idea because oils don’t rinse easily prohibiting the shampoo from stripping your hair of its moisture. 

Hair Butters

While I yet need to try it myself, I’ve seen many black women online that use hair butter to pre-poo 4c hair. Shea butter and mango butter are a great source of nutrients for 4c hair types. They help strengthen the hair follicles and hair shaft, leading to less breakage and more hair growth. 

Like I said before, the goal is to keep your 4c hair routine as fun and manageable as possible. So choose whatever pre-poo method that works best for you and run with it. 

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