When I have really neglected my hair, I go into all out restoration mode. For me, this means my hair is severely dry and in need of some hydration. One of the first things I do to my hair is to incorporate a prepoo that is oozing with moisturizing ingredients. Chicoro, author of the book Grow It, sent out an email with her recipe for a moisture drenched pre poo mixture. If you want to know how to whip up an ultra moisturizing pre-poo mixture, keep reading.
Now, if you’ve seen her hair then you’ll know she knows her stuff. The recipe calls for just 3 ingredients which, if you’re a natural, you probably already have them.
Aloe vera juice
Oil of your choice
Mix ½ cup of aloe vera juice with 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite oil. I’m using extra virgin olive oil.
In another bowl, add in a ¼ cup of coconut oil. Now remember, if your coconut oil is solid, don’t heat it up in the microwave. Just sit the jar in a bowl of hot water and let it liquefy on its own.
Separate your hair into sections. I start with 2 sections, straight down the middle, then breaking each “half” into 4 sections, leaving me with 8 total (4 on each side). The hair doesn’t have to be well detangled at this time, just make sure it’s all going in one direction.
Dip the first section of hair into the aloe vera juice/oil mixture. Make sure you really work it through from root to tip. Once it’s coated well with the mixture either twist it and put it into a bantu knot or, just twist it and clip it out of the way. Move on to the next section and repeat the process until all of the hair has been coated.
Now, go back to the first aloe vera juice/oil mixture twist and pour some coconut oil over it. I like to put the coconut oil in an applicator bottle, to make it easier. Again, make sure you really work it in, being generous to coat the entire section. Retwist the section and move on to the next one, repeating the process until the coconut oil has been applied to all of your hair.
After you’re finished, put a plastic cap on your head and leave it on for 15-60 minutes. I like to give my hair some extra TLC by sitting under the dryer during this time.
After you’ve let it sit in your hair, shampoo, condition, and style as usual.
So, do you prepoo? Have you tried Chicoro’s moisture drenched prepoo before? Let me know!
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