Black hair tends to be dryer than Caucasian or Asian hair and therefore will benefit from a pre and post shampoo conditioner. Pre shampoo conditioners are also called pre poos.
Read any natural or curly hair blog (both hair types are usually dry) and you will find posts about elaborate pre-poo routines. You will also have noticed a significant improvement to the condition of their hair after they started incorporating pre-poo conditioners to their washday routines. So if you have dry hair then it is definitely worth paying close attention.
You can use oils such as coconut, olive oil or palm oil as pre-poo conditioners. You can add these to a hair conditioner or use them on their own. There are also a variety of pre-shampoo treatments available to buy in hair shops and on the internet, however, they can be quite expensive.
The most popular ready-made pre-shampoo conditioners available to purchase include Ojon Restorative Pre-Cleansing Treatment (and) (£35.99 for 250ml) and Philip Kingsley Elasticizer (£11.50 for 40ml).
However at £11.50 and £35.99 for 40ml and 250ml respectively they don’t come cheap. If you have lots of hair then a 40ml jar of product will only be enough for three applications at best. If you do not want to splash out on a pre-shampoo conditioner, you can make your own at home using easy to source ingredients from your kitchen.
A whisk or blender
- 2 eggs
- 2oz od double cream (fresh cream is preferred over long-life cream)
- 1 oz of castor oil (or Jamaican Black Castor oil if you prefer)
- 1 oz melted unsalted butter
- 1 oz purified water
- Juice from half a grapefruit
Whisk or mix all the ingredients in a blender and refrigerate overnight, using as required. Your pre-poo conditioner should be applied to your hair in sections, ensuring it is applied to the whole length of the hair.
Work it into your hair with your fingers or massage your scalp gently with a kneading motion for five to ten minutes to ensure the product is evenly distributed and penetrates. Leave the pre-poo treatment on for a further half-hour, or overnight if you wish.
Shampoo your hair as usual with a moisturizing shampoo and follow the shampoo with a moisturizing conditioner or deep conditioner. Pre pooing should be done as often as possible until the condition of your hair is sufficiently improved.