|My shiny, supple hair
after using a
Moisturizing Pre-Poo with honey,
olive oil and conditioner
I always do a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment on my hair prior to straightening it with my flat iron. This usually means either using a conditioner that doesn’t contain any protein like Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose or making up my own concoction using a cheapie conditioner as my base. I like to add oils but this is too heavy right before I use heat on my hair.
A few months ago I rediscovered a video by Patchouli85 on YouTube that explained how to use a moisture rich deep treatment before using direct heat on the hair. The only difference was she suggests that it be done prior to washing the hair with shampoo. This would make it a Pre-Poo and means that it goes on dry hair instead of damp hair like I was doing before. Her recipe was pretty simple and I improvised with what I had at home. I think that the ingredient that made the biggest difference was the honey. I have been deep conditioning my hair at least one time each week ever since my transition days. Using her method was the first time I noticed a huge difference in the way my hair felt as I was rinsing it out. My hair was a lot easier to detangle and I also had a much easier time with blowdrying.
You would think that since you wash the treatment out with shampoo, you wouldn’t get the full benefit. I’m guessing that since I’m applying it to dry hair and then using heat to open up the cuticles, my hair is absorbing the treatment so much better than before when I did it on wet hair. When I straightened my hair after that first treatment, I could not believe the shine and how supple my hair felt. It’s been so effective that it is something I have since decided to incorporate into my weekly regimen.
My Pre-Poo Recipe
Conditioner (I use Suave Naturals Coconut)
1 Tblsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tblsp Honey
1 Tblsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (I use Vatika Oil for this part)
**You can also add 3 Tblsp of Mayo or Cholesterol conditioner depending on what your hair needs
I combine the above ingredients in a small plastic bowl until well combined. I use as much conditioner as I think that it will take to make sure all of my dry hair is completely saturated. Then I separate my hair into 4 sections and apply it while it is still dry, starting at the ends. If there is any left, I go back and coat my hair again making sure to use up all of the mixture. I put on a plastic cap and then sit under the dryer for 30 minutes. Then I co-wash or shampoo it out depending on what style I’m wearing next.