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Pre-Poo for Naturals (Safe for all hair types)

After being natural for two years, I decided it was time to put some pizazz into my hair .So at the beginning of summer, I decided to color it. After doing tons of research on You Tube, Instagram and Pinterest, I went with red hues from Cream of Nature Argan Oil color line. I went with the Creme of Nature Exotic Shine hair color. For more information about my color process, you will need to tune in to another Kinky WHOAment. This one is all about my pre-poo routine for my red hair. Below are my steps.

Divide and Conquer

I have a lot of hair. so any time I style or fool with it, I have to section it: two in the front, two in the middle and two in the back. Butterfly clamps and ponytail holders are essential to this process and are best for tucking my hair out of the way. I also do this because it’s easier to work in sections than to tackle all my thick hair at once.


The beginning to my healthy regime is to install as much moisture as I can into my hair as possible, whenever possible. On wash day, I do this in a “pre-poo”. What is a pre-poo you ask? As the name implies, it happens before you shampoo. Consider this as sort of a prelude to the shampoo and an essential way to add moisture to your hair.

The items you will need are:

  • A medium to large spray bottle

  • 3 cups Water

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 2/3 cups Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Braag’s with Mother)

  • About a tablespoon of Mielle Organic's Mint Almond Oil

  • An old towel or hair drape

  • Two plastic shower caps

Combine all the items in the spray bottle. As they say, “oil and vinegar do not mix”, so you want to shake…shake…shake the bottle so that the ingredients combine. Next, grab your towel and drape it over your shoulders because it’s going to get a bit messy.

Also, you may want to practice holding your breath because the vinegar smell is very pungent. But don’t worry, you will wash out the odor later.

Begin with the first section of your hair. Unclip it and spray the mixture so that your strands are covered. I also like to use my fingers to massage it into my scalp. You will notice that your curls will begin to “pop” and appear.

Repeat this on all the sections of your hair and cover your hair with the two plastic caps. Leave covered for 30-45 minutes, or longer if you prefer.

Shampoo and condition your hair as normal.


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