Pre-Pooing for Natural Hair

 

 

 

Solange Knowles
Solange Knowles

 

 

Some naturals SWEAR by it, some say it is completely unnecessary! Either way, if you don’t already know or haven’t heard the term PRE-POO, where have you been??? Pre-pooing is the act of prepping and detangling the hair with an oil or conditioner prior to shampooing. It is supposed to help prevent the shampoo from stripping natural oils in our hair and aid in the detangling process. Sooo, how does it work? It protects the hair from a process known as hygral fatigue. Hygral fatigue is the result of excessive swelling of the hair cuticle as water is absorbed and the contracting of the hair cuticle as it dries.  The oil absorbs into the hair strands and protects the cuticle when the hair fiber swells, making the hair less susceptible to damage. Coconut oil is probably the most popular option, but there are plenty other options available.

 

How to Pre-Poo:

  1. Part your hair in 4 sections or as many sections as you like.
  2. Place oil or conditioner vigorously throughout each section, lightly detangling as you go.
  3. Place a plastic cap and let the oil or conditioner penetrate your strands and work its magic!
  4. Shampoo and condition.

Product Review: The Mane Choice Manageability and Softening Remedy Leave-In Spray: Hair Type 4 Leaf Clover Line

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  • Product Promises: Hair Type 4 Leaf Clover leave-in spray helps detangle, hydrates, reduces frizz, and revitalizes dry, unmanageable hair. This leave-in spray is loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients to optimize your healthy hair care regimen.
  • Uses: Minimizes frizz, strengthens and nourishes to minimizes breakage, adds moisture and shine, boosts moisture and shine, helps ease the styling process, softens, conditions, protects
  • How to Use: After conditioning with the Hair Type 4 Leaf Clover Conditioner, spray evenly onto damp hair. Use a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush to evenly distribute. Do not rinse. Style as usual.

First of all, let me start off by saying that I am a huge fan of The Mane Choice’s leave-in products. The Revitalize and Refresh 3 in 1 Conditioner has been a staple in my hair care routine for the past year. I am also experimenting with the vitamins at the moment (I will have another post dedicated to that topic). I will eventually try the entire line or at least more of the Hair Type 4 Leaf Clover line but I wanted to start with the leave-in. The first three ingredients of this leave-in is water, aloe vera juice, and biotin, which I believe are all huge contributing factors to adding moisture to your hair and aiding in hair growth. I am HIGHLY impressed with this leave-in. Within the first use, I felt like my hair was more moisturized, it helped to detangle my hair, and added a natural sheen to my strands. The look of the leave-in is a little off putting as it separates a great deal. I almost thought I had a bad batch. But not to fret, it just needed a good shake and everything was right with the world again. The smell may not be everyone’s cup of tea. I personally love it. It has a fresh, from the Earth type smell, if that makes sense. If you prefer products that smell like cake, you may not like the smell of this one. I spray this throughout the week to add moisture to my hair and it works like a charm. I will add, one drawback to this product, is that it actually foams up upon use after your conditioner and has a mouse like texture. That doesn’t particularly bother me as long as my hair is moisturized, but some may not like this feature. I would definitely recommend this for Type 4 hair, and it only made me want to try the entire line ASAP. I’ve heard many great things about it. I will definitely keep you posted!

 

Jai Nicole

Product Review: As I AM Twist Defining Cream

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  • Product Promises:  Enjoy highly defined twists and twist-outs with this rich, creamy styler. Minimizes frizz and maximizes smoothness. Helps prevent shedding and thinning.
  • Uses: Achieve strong, lasting curl and coil definition without hardness, without dryness, and without flakes. Made especially for your natural, highly textured hair-to nurture and deliver the ultimate moisturization. There’s even a wondrous, organic compound blended that helps to support healthy hair growth.
  • How to Use: After cleansing, conditioning, and detangling hair, apply Twist Defining Cream in small sections from root to tip and twist away.

Sooo, I decided before I did my next review, I would use the product I was reviewing consistently for at least three months in order to give you a very accurate, informative review. I have been using the As I Am Twist Defining Cream for three months or more and it has become a staple in my regimen. I shied away from doing twist outs and braid outs for awhile because I could not achieve the shine, and lasting ability I was aiming for. I decided to give this product a try. After the first use, I was very impressed to say the least. This product is a cream with a medium consistency. It smells just like your favorite fruit flavored candy! The smell is so wonderful. I did a braid out the first time I used this product. I applied the product from root to tip and braided my hair in about 12-16 braids. I had never really had a successful braid out before I used this product. The results were amazing. My hair was so shiny, bouncy, and it smelled heavenly. It was also extremely moisturized. I continued to use this product on twist outs, flat twists, braids, and mini twist. Every single time, my hair is extremely moisturized and shiny. This product leaves your hair soft but it has lasting results. My hair was ON POINT for days after use of this product. As I Am Twist Defining Cream delivers on each and every promise it delivers. It is a little pricey, but definitely worth it. My fellow naturalistas, this product is 10/10 for me and I highly suggest you try it! Here are some pics of some of the styles I did while using this product.

This was a braid out using the As I Am Twist Defining Cream, so much SHINE and DEFINITION!!! If you would like to see how I achieved this look, check out my Youtube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm0USY19tVk&list=UUcy24C6D0PTKsiu9uJLYx4A

Product Review: Aphogee Curlific!

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I know I told you in a previous post that I was very excited that Aphogee decided to jump on the bandwagon and began creating products specifically for curly haired girls! When my hair was relaxed, I used Aphogee’s original hair care line and I found it worked really well in my relaxed hair, especially the leave in conditioner. I was really hoping and wishing they delivered on this natural hair care line, because many of you product junkies know that it didn’t work well for some lines who transitioned from relaxed hair care lines to natural hair care lines. Well let me tell you something, Aphogee did not disappoint. So far I have tried the Aphogee Curlific Texture Treatment and the Aphogee Curlific Moisutre Rich Leave-In and I am loving them! Let me start with the leave-in conditioner:

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  • Product Promises: Curlific! products are pH optimized for maximum results and contain our exclusive PropHyatmine Complex, utilizing proteins for strength, emollients for shine and humectants for softness. Curlific! is serious care for textured hair.
  • Uses: Snarls and tangles are a challenge on any head, but textured hair can be the toughest! The oval shape of curly strands can “interlock” like no other  and are also more prone to dryness. Curlific! Moisture Rich Leave-In solves both problems. Easy to use on wet or dry hair , it enhances the look and feel of your hair and helps eliminate the styling challenge!
  • How to Use: After showering and blotting hair dry, spray Curlific! Moisture Rich Leave-In directly onto hair the hair, taking care to avoid the eyes. Work through hair evenly and proceed to style as usual. Between shampoos, spray a small amount  into palm and work through hair before styling to detangle and to protect against heat.

Soooo, after I shampooed and finger detangled with conditioner, I rinsed the conditioner out and dryed my hair with a cotton t-shirt. Then, I applied this Moisture Rich Leave-In conditioner. My hair seemed to melt in my hands, It was so soft and manageable. It felt like silk. I feel like Aphogee really researched curly hair and chose ingredients that was necessary to protect our curls and make them more manageable. My hair was shiny and tangle free for days! And my styling process was a breeze. I would recommend this product to every curly girl, no matter your hair type! I love this leave-in conditioner just as much as I loved the original Protein Rich Leave-In conditioner by Aphogee!

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  • Product Promises: Curlific! products are pH optimized for maximum results and contain our exclusive PropHyatmine Complex, utilizing proteins for strength, emollients for shine and humectants for softness. Curlific! is serious care for textured hair.
  • Uses: Wavy, Curly or Coiled hair types are more susceptible to damage than straight hair, due to the structure and styling resistance. Weekly use of Curlific! Texture Treatment maintains beautiful hair, regardless of the environment or styling regimen. A MUST FOR COLOR TREATED CURLS!
  • How to Use: Shampoo with Curlific Textured Hair Wash. After rinsing with warm water, work a liberal amount of Curlific! Texture Treatment through your thirsty locks. Leave on a minte and then rinse, finishing with cool water.

Once again, I shampooed my hair then applied this Texture Treatment. I left it on for about three minutes, then rinsed with cool water. This was definitely a treat for my hair I did not detangle before hand,  so I was pleasantly surprised when I rinsed my hair and my tangles melted away. My hair was soft, defined and I did not have to do much finger tangling afterwards. I can’t say that I have noticed a huge difference in my curls over a long period of time because I’ve only been using this product, once a week for three weeks. I can say that everytime I do use it, my hair feels healthier and it is easier to manage. My hair is color treated,so I’m hoping this product keeps my colored treated tresses healthy. I cannot wait to grow this color out, but I digress! To all my fellow curly, kinky, wavy, or coily haired naturalistas, I would definitely give Aphogee Curlific! line a try. You won’t be disappointed. Please share your experiences with Aphogee Curlific! in the comments below! I will be giving  the shampoo and curling cream a try soon, so stay tuned!

For a live review + demo please visit my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiOHo60xcAk&list=UUcy24C6D0PTKsiu9uJLYx4