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: Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Moisturizer and Leave-In H2 Conditioner

I promised a product review in my last post so here it is! I’ll start with the Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer by Elasta QP.

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  • Product Promises: “Moisturizing Butter of Mango and Olive Oil creates this intensely rich thermal proctecting treatment. Use Olive and Mango Butter Moisturizer daily for softer fuller looking hair.”
  • Uses: “Apply daily to target dry ends and help prevent breakage.”
  • Styling Uses: “Excellent for Fingerstyle, Two Strand Twist and Spiral Rod Sets. Transitioners can apply to blend textures. Texturizers can define curls and waves.”

I have used this product a couple of times and my experiences were different each time. I’ve used this product on wet and dry hair and I’ve found it worked better for me on slightly damp hair. My favorite feature about this product is the smell, it smells sweet and heavenly. I LOVE it. The product is labeled as an “Intensive Treatment” but I wouldn’t necessarily say it lived up to that title. I spritzed my stretched, dry hair with the Leave-In H2 Conditioner, sealed it with coconut oil, then used the moisturizer to dry and add moisture to my dry ends and it did the job. My twistout results were pretty good when I used this product, but I have gotten better results and more moisture using Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie ( I absolutely love that stuff). I just so happened to have a jar of the Elasta QP moisturizer that I’m trying to get rid of because (*clears throat, cues violin*)  I have Hair A.D.D and I am a recovering product junkie!!! I am trying to use all the products I bought just because I seen it down the aisle at Walgreens! Don’t judge me! Ultimately, this product did the trick and I would definitely use it again. The Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer is good in my book! Now lets get to the really good stuff, the Leave-In H2 Conditioner.
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  • Product Promises:” Moisturizing Butter of Mango and Olive Oil leaves hair incredibly soft, and silky-smooth with great body, movement and shine. Perfect for natural, braided and straight styles leaving hair texture feeling like silk without build-up, dryness or frizz.”
  • To Use: “Shampoo and rinse hair well. Spray Leave-In H2 liberally into hair. Gently comb through hair. DO NOT RINSE.  Style as desired. For straightening curls, waves or smoothing frizz, blow dry hair.”

Let me start off by saying, this is a staple in my regimen! I absolutely love it! Like the moisturizer, the smell is amazing. I will literally be sitting in my car or in class, and in my head I’m wondering, “Man what smells so good?” Then I realize, the wonderful smell is my leave-in conditioner! That is my favorite thing about this product. I also feel that it is very effective as a leave-in conditioner in my hair. It does create body and movement in my hair as well. There is no build-up and it mixes well with my other products. This product gets an A+ from me. I would recommend this product to a fellow natural, but do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you! Hopefully, this review is helpful to you all and please feel free to comment and let me know how these products worked for you! Thank you all for taking the time to read this review!