Fine hair is one of the most challenging types to detangle, especially when it is at a longer length. Not only does it tend to knot easily, it can break and split if you try to comb through it. You may struggle to get at all the tangles with your fingers, too. Pre-pooing is the answer to all of these problems. Pre-pooing is the application of oil-based products prior to shampooing, and detangling in sections.
Besides aiding in the detangling process, pre-pooing can help to:
- Prevent hygral fatigue
- Add moisture
- Increase sheen, softness, and manageability
Those of us with fine hair may be reluctant to add a pre-poo to our regimens for fears that it will weigh down our waves and curls. To keep this from happening, follow these tips.
Choose products that are suitable for finer or all hair types.
Pre-poo products that have lighter oils and plant milks are a better choice than those with heavier butters which can weigh down your strands and be difficult to wash out. These pre-poos are specially formulated to work for a variety of textures.
Use this pre-poo to hydrate and restore delicate curls. Its gentle formulation can be used every time you shampoo. It contains soy milk, hydrating oils including burdock root, umutanga and palmarosa, and yashtimadhu and yucca roots. Hair is left restored, moisturized, stronger, and more resilient.
If you are losing excessive strands to your detangling comb, this mask has you covered. It improves the strength and elasticity of fragile curls. It also seals in the moisture and shine leaving them looking healthier and feeling softer.
This cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil can help to leave your hair stronger, with strands that are able to stand up to detangling.
Apply the pre-poo product in sections
Like conditioner, a pre-poo must be applied meticulously so that the entire head is covered. Sectioning hair in 4-8 sections (depending on its length and density) ensures that the product is distributed evenly. After you apply the pre-poo from the mid-shaft of the hair down to the tips, clip the section with a butterfly clip to keep it from tangling back up.
Avoid applying the pre-poo to the roots of your hair
Applying oil-based products to the roots of your hair can weigh it down, especially if your roots are already oily and in need of a shampoo. Oils can also, in some cases, weaken roots and clog your scalp’s pores. For best results with a pre-poo on fine hair, apply from the mid-shaft of the hair down to the ends.
Massage the pre-poo into your ends
Taking extra care to massage the product into dry, brittle ends will help to ensure they get the hydration they need. It will also help to make detangling less of a chore.
Carefully use your fingers and a wide-toothed comb to detangle
After you have applied your product into sectioned hair, take down a section and detangle it as much as possible with your fingers. Use a wide-toothed comb for any stubborn tangles that need it by working from the bottom of your hair upwards.
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