You’ve always wondered how to add oils in your wash routine? Adding oils to prepoo your natural hair might be your solution. Sometimes we hesitate to change our routine because we don’t know which oil will work for us, but we’re here to help you with that: 6 oils to prepoo your natural hair. Read on!
Benefits of prepoo
Prepoo is the act of treating your hair with a conditioner or an oil before you shampoo, because with afro-hair being dry, shampoo can cause dryness. Prepoo is preventive measure to ensure your shampoo doesn’t strip all your natural hair oils. Adding oils to prepoo your natural hair is even better because you can treat an issue a hair issue to the core with essential oils. However, essential oils being so raw, they cannot be added directly to your scalp, they need a carrier to be absorbed in your scalp and treat your hair to the core.
What is a carrier?
A carrier is an oil or a conditioner in which you add your essential oil in order for them to be absorbed in your scalp. A conditioner can be a good carrier especially for strong essential oils such as peppermint. It will penetrate easily in your hair using the conditioner because of its creamy consistency. You can check Mosara’s very own conditioner.
For everyone who has oily skin, your scalp can have issues with product build up. The scalp is an extension of your skin after all. If you have a lot of build up and you want to add an oil that will treat this issue, you should consider antibacterial oils to prepoo your natural hair.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree is one of the best oils to prepoo natural hair because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can help unclog pores and improve blood circulation. You can mix it in your conditioner, about 8-10 drops and apply to your hair. Oils aren’t meant to moisturize your hair; they only help seal in the moisture. Leave it in for 30 minutes then rinse it off and proceed with your shampoo. What it does is cleanse the build up for your shampoo to be able to go in and cleanse effectively.
Lavender oil has been found to have antibacterial properties. But it can generate the growth of cells and reduce stress. If you want to make your wash routine pleasant, go ahead and burn this essential oil while doing your routine to reduce stress. Add the lavender oil to a carrier oil. Instead of a conditioner, you can swap it for a carrier oil such as coconut oil. Lavender oil cannot be absorbed in your hair so it needs an oil that moisturizes your hair and coconut oil is the perfect candidate. Add 5 drops of lavender oil in your coconut oil and apply to your hair for 30 minutes or even overnight before shampoo.
For people experiencing hair loss due to stress, you can add lavender oil to prepoo your natural hair. Keep in mind that you still have to reduce the cause of your stress but this is a good way to boost your hair growth.
Peppermint is a hybrid plant. Indigenous to the Middle East and Europe. It gives that cold and tingly effect that you’ve seen in some hair products and is most popularly found in chewing gum and candies. Peppermint cannot be applied directly on your scalp because it actually burns. Only a small percentage is needed to achieve the desired results. Peppermint has cleansing properties and the tingling sensation means it’s increasing blood circulation in that area. Just add a few drops to your carrier oil and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it out. Then proceed to shampoo and deep condition your hair. Your hair will retain the moisture better because your pores will have opened up.
Repairing and protective oils
These oils are the ones that have been used for centuries now, because they wrap around your tresses and protect and repair them. You should use these oils to prepoo your natural hair if you’re experiencing dryness, and your hair is brittle and dull.
Olive oil has been used for centuries because of its protective properties. Olive oil wraps around your tresses and reinforces them. Due to its richness, it can be applied on its own directly on your hair and bonus, you don’t need conditioner if you use it in your prepoo. It will smooth your hair, the same thing your conditioner would do. Besides, if you want a 2 in 1 solution, add lemon juice to your olive oil to fight dandruff.
Coconut oil, also one of Mosara’s base oil is one of the most used oils in hair products. Coconut contains fatty acids, which is why it can also be used in cooking and in skin care. Coconut oil helps to moisturize your hair and makes it easier for your hair to absorb oils and retain moisture. Due to this, it can repair your damaged hair and improve its appearance and texture. Apply it overnight to your hair and then proceed to shampoo your hair. Adding this oil to prepoo your natural hair can also prevent breakage and heat damage.
Jojoba oil is a Native American oil. It’s the oil that is closest to our hair texture so it’s the best oil to prepoo your natural hair if you want to deeply moisturize your hair. It blends perfectly with your hair follicles and moisturizes your hair. This oil makes your hair soft and shiny. If you want to make your natural hair softer, add this one to your routine. Apply it without a carrier oil to your scalp and leave it overnight for better results, and then shampoo as usual.
All of these oils are easily accessible in Africa, so no more excuse to add them to your prepoo routine.