Pre-Pooing: Step 1

Re-blogged from CURLYNIKKI

Why You Should Add Pre-Pooing to Your Routine

 
Water, The Great Frenemy?  …by Susan Walker of Earthtones Naturals  via ThreeNaturals

Before discussing what may be the most important step in your hair care regimen, I want to touch on an important practice that could make a huge difference in how your hair looks and feels after it’s washed and conditioned.

The reality is that if you want to have beautiful natural hair, you need to invest the time upfront to do what is necessary to take care of it. Your hair cleansing and conditioning process is not to be done hurriedly and without attention. You do need to make time for this because if it’s not done properly, dry brittle hair with resulting breakage could ensue.

Every time we shampoo and condition our hair or even add significant amounts of water to our hair the hair shaft needs to expand in order to accommodate the extra water. When our hair dries the opposite occurs – the hair contracts. Repeating this process over and over again can create damage to the hair cuticle initially because it can be chipped off. Subsequent damage can be caused to the hair fiber leading to split ends and breakage. Textured hair tends to absorb more water during this process than other hair types and is therefore more susceptible to damage. This contraction and expansion of the hair fiber is known as hygral fatigue.

Textured hair needs moisture; it thrives on it to ensure proper hydration. Additionally, when cleansing your hair water is pretty much a requirement if it’s to be done properly. So how can we minimize or prevent this damage that occurs from wetting our hair? Research has shown that using specific oils can protect the hair fiber against hygral fatigue. Not every oil has this ability but a well-researched oil is good old coconut oil.

How does this work? When coconut oil is applied to the hair as a pre-shampoo or pre-wetting treatment a small amount of the oil can be absorbed into the hair and can penetrate under the cuticle when the hair fiber swells. Coconut oil has a strong affinity for hair proteins and can protect the hair by binding to these proteins. This reduces the protein’s ability to bind to water molecules resulting in less swelling, less contracting and less trauma.

Try using coconut oil as a pre-shampoo treatment the next time you cleanse your hair. Coconut oil is typically solid at room temperature so you’ll need to heat it to liquefy it.

How to Pre-poo:

1. Apply coconut oil to the hair in sections.

2. Place a plastic cap over the hair and allow the oil to penetrate into the hair
shaft for at least 30 minutes.

3. Shampoo and condition as usual!
Pre-shampooing my hair with this treatment has improved my hair’s ability to maintain moisture and the shine softness to my styled hair. It’s made a huge difference.

What about you? Do you pre-poo? If so what are the results?

High Porosity Hair?

I read a few articles recently about porosity,

Finding the Right Identity for Your Hair Type

How to Deal with High-porosity Hair

and have concluded that my hair is very porous (or high porosity). This is a condition that most curlies have to deal with because the hair is not able to maintain moisture due to all of the twists and bends of the hair shaft. Natural hair oils are not able to travel down the hair shaft to the ends. If you are not sure, one indication that you may have high porosity is if your hair dries very quickly, after washing (or co-washing) and it becomes puffy, frizzy, brittle and crunchy. So after reading a series of other articles and watching youtube videos, like the one below,

I decided I needed to try and do something about it.

Very porous hair can be treated, but what I have learned is that the hair is damaged down to the cuticle. A damaged cuticle doesn’t close. When it doesn’t close, then the moisture received from washing is not retained and is released just as fast, if not faster, from the hair. This can actually dry your hair out even more!

The appearance of the hair depends largely on the health of the cuticle, the protective sheath of the whole hair-Dr. Neil Persadsingh-

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So, I went out and bought some Roux Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner

A product thumbnail of Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner

and decided to give it a try.  It is suppose to help restore the ph levels in the hair, as well as help the cuticles in the hair shaft to close. I can’t tell yet since I’ve only used it once, but I will use it a few more times before I report the results. So, stay tuned. . .

Want to read more about hair and porosity? >> http://www.black-hair-report.com/hair-products-and-styling.html