To pre – poo or not to pre – poo?

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This past weekend, before I began to wash my hair with my current installation( yes, I still have my partial weave in… chose to leave it in for another week or so ), I noticed how DRY my hair and scalp was. Like, super dry.

Because I have a partial weave, and I typically flat iron the real part of my hair to blend in with the extensions when  styling, I don’t moisturize as often for two reasons: 1. I don’t want the extensions to become super oily and 2. I don’t want the real part of my hair to look overly greasy.

Now, before my wash days, I haven’t been pre – pooing like I usually do. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the phrase “pre – poo”, its short for pre – shampoo, meaning a moisturizing routine you use before shampooing your hair ( for example coating your hair with olive oil, jojoba oil, etc.) Realizing how dry my hair was this past weekend, I realized that, partial weave or not, my hair was in DIRE need of a good pre – poo treatment! And so the process began.

Heres my five step formula on how to properly pre – poo your hair before either co – washing, or clarifying your natural hair:

1. Make sure you have all of the ingredients you need. Great pre – poo ingredients to use are sealing oils, such as coconut oil ( unrefined ), Olive Oil, Jamacian Black castor oil, etc. Make sure you also have a wide tooth comb for sectioning, and a plastic cap for covering the hair. My personal favorite is coconut oil! Make sure it is always unrefined.

2. Section your hair. I typically section my hair into four sections, since that is what tends to be easiest for me. With my current installation, I simply separated the real part of my hair into two small sections before the process.

3. Coat each section with the pre – poo mix or oil evenly, and twist or braid to prevent tangles or breakage. Pretty self explanatory.

4. Cover hair with a plastic cap and allow your hair to sit under a hooded dryer for 15 minutes. No hooded dryer? No problem! You can either use a blow dryer for approximately 20 minutes, cover without heat for an hour, or simply allow the pre – poo to moisturize overnight. 

5. Follow up with your typical wash routine! 

There you have it! The pre – poo process is such an important part of a naturalista’s wash routine. One of the most important ways to maintain healthy, natural hair is to always moisturize. The more moisture, the better! 😉

Hope you naturals had a great weekend and a wonderful MLK day! Here are a few pictures from a Charity Ball I attended this weekend  in Downtown Detroit for UAW Ford Motor Company. We do it big in the D’!

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Posted up with my co – worker/ fellow fashion blogger ransackthecloset. Check out her posts on http://ransackthecloset.wordpress.com! 

Share your comments and thoughts below. Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.”

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Happy Friday, naturals!

I am elated to announce that I have been award the Dragon’s Loyalty Award by isleofazure from islandkynks.wordpress.com, styling tips for a Natural Gal. Thanks so much, I am MORE than excited since I just started blogging. Its been a fun ride sharing my wild hair journey so far, one kink and protective style at a time. Im looking forward to connecting with more naturals as I continue to write blogs, and begin filming vlogs February 2014.

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The RULES are:

  1. Display the Award Certificate on your website. 
  2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award. 
  3. Present 10 or so awards to deserving bloggers.
  4. Send the nominees a comment to let them know of their nomination.
  5. Post seven interesting things about yourself.

My ten, fabulous natural hair nominees are:

1.  ammamama

2. naturalhairwordconfessions

3. NickyGoGlam

4.ManeAttention

5. idoedo

6. mjbtheone

7. Miracurls

8. naturaldroc

9. ManeAttention

10. MyNaturalHair

Sorry I couldn’t figure out how to tag you guys. Im sure you ladies are smarter than me, so youll figure it out. You ladies ROCK!!!

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Seven Interesting Facts About Me:

1. I have been drinking Starbucks espresso drinks religiously for 3 years.

2. I have been natural for a little under a year.

3. I am a Cancer.

4.  Live in Michigan, but have never been to Canada.

5. Studied theatre in NYC for a year.

6. Have been blogging on wordpress for only 2 weeks.

7. I consider weave to be a protective style: Check out the story, https://beautifullymane.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/oh-what-a-tangled-web-we-weave/

Thanks ladies! Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.” 🙂