1. Pre poo
Pree poo is the shortened term for pre shampoo treatment. This is a great step to include as a way to prep and protect your hair before you wash it. When I do include this step in my wash routine (honestly, sometimes I just cant be bothered, lol) I like to use aloe vera gel on my scalp and an oil on my hair strands. Aloe Vera gel has ingredients that help balance out your scalp’s PH level and also keeps your hair moisturised and coating your hair with an oil, coconut oil or olive oil are good options, is a great way to protect your hair from getting dry.
*tip: including essential oils like peppermint or/and rosemary are great ways to give your scalp a great boost.
2. Use a Sulfate free shampoo
Sulfate free shampoos are a great mild cleanser that gives your hair a gentle wash without stripping your hair of all your natural oils and leaving it feeling too dry. Sulfates are the ingredients that make your shampoo foamy (a type of surfactant) and give you a thorough clean. The problem is, they sometimes clean your hair too much and end up stripping your hair of its natural oils making it dry and brittle, even more, and if you have a sensitive scalp it can cause redness and discomfort. So, whether you are for sulfates or against, try swapping it out in winter for something gentler.
Conditioners are such an important part of your wash routine. You could skip the first two steps and just wash your hair with conditiner (co-washing) and it would be okay. I do recommend that you wash your hair at least once a month if you decide to use this method. Conditioner is great because it helps bring back the moisture in your hair.
4. Leave-in Conditioner
Honestly, adding a leave-in conditioner into my routine was a game-changer for me. I am able to go two to three days with out moisturising my hair just because of this extra step. So after washing and conditioning my hair, on damp hair, I’ll apply the leave-in and follow it up with an oil. You could also deep condition your hair if you feel it needs extra moisture. There are plenty of good deep conditioners in the market but I like DIYing mine. I’ll do another post listing some of the ingredients I like to add to my deep condition.
There are so many really good oils you can try out on their own or mix up together. My favorite for edges and to add to my deep conditioning mix or even just apply on my hair are castor oil, olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed, almond, Argan and jojoba oil. the last four oils are mentioned are great if you don’t hair thick hair as they won’t weigh you hair down.