Pre-pooing, or pre-shampooing, is a technique used to prepare your hair for the cleansing process and to help retain moisture. The approach you take can vary based on your hair's porosity. Hair porosity refers to how well your hair can absorb and retain moisture. There are three main categories: low porosity, normal porosity, and high porosity. Here are pre-poo techniques tailored to each porosity type:
1. **Low Porosity Hair:**
- Use heat: Low porosity hair often has tightly closed cuticles that resist moisture absorption. Applying heat can help open the cuticles, making it easier for products to penetrate. You can use a warm towel or a hooded dryer.
- Lightweight oils: Opt for lightweight oils like grapeseed or argan oil. They won't weigh your hair down but will help to moisturize.
2. **Normal Porosity Hair:**
- You have a balanced porosity level, so your pre-poo routine can be more flexible.
- You can use a variety of oils, such as coconut, olive, or almond oil, depending on your preference.
- Consider adding some honey or aloe vera gel to your pre-poo mix for added moisture.
3. **High Porosity Hair:**
- High porosity hair easily absorbs moisture but struggles to retain it. The goal is to lock in moisture.
- Use heavier oils and butters like shea butter, castor oil, or avocado oil.
- Consider deep conditioning with a protein treatment before shampooing to strengthen the hair.
Regardless of your hair's porosity, it's essential to follow these general pre-pooing steps:
- Start with detangling your hair to minimize breakage during the process.
- Apply your chosen pre-poo treatment, focusing on the ends and dry or damaged areas.
- Cover your hair with a plastic cap or warm towel to create a greenhouse effect, helping the product penetrate.
- Leave it on for at least 30 minutes (or as directed on the product).
- Rinse thoroughly and follow up with your regular shampoo and conditioning routine.
Adapt your pre-poo routine based on your hair's specific needs and how it responds to different products over time. Regularly assessing your hair's condition will help you fine-tune your pre-pooing technique for optimal results.