HEY! ITS NATURAL WOOLLY, AKA Zemira Israel. I’ve graduated the Empire Beauty School of Cosmetology in Bloomfield, New Jersey, where I studied hair, nails and skin. I have a bit of knowledge concerning hair in particular. I hope you are able to learn & grow in this natural woolly hair journey we share together.
WELCOME TO OUR 1ST BLOG POST! So its wash day! Yippee; I love wash day! I find that stretching my wash day in TWO to THREE days, works best for me, especially with a busy schedule. My wash days are normally during the weekends.
If my wash days last TWO days, I start prepooing in the morning, then let the ingredients marinate for a few hours, then I proceed to washing and deep conditioning. I sleep that night with my deep conditioner. The next morning I rinse the deep conditioner out and proceed to style. If It’s THREE days worth of “a wash day”, I’ll start at night with prepooing, then sleep with it overnight. Then I wake up the next morning to wash and deep condition. Then I sleep with the deep conditioner overnight, if im too tired to rinse & style before bed. The next morning I rinse it out and style. Hopefully my wash day routine can work for you too, once I share the completed process in video form, in due time. Here’s our Wash Routine Youtube Channel playlist you can try for yourself: NaturalWoolly I Wash Routine
We will focus on Part 1 of the wash routine of prepooing on this 1st blog post. The first day of the wash routine consists of prepooing. Prepooing is our preparation for shampooing (5 Easy Shampoo steps) hence its name. Prepooing is where we treat our hair with conditioning agents from a penetrative oil or leave in conditioner, BEFORE shampooing our hair. Shampoos have a tendency to strip our natural sebum hair oils. Prepooing aids in maintaining a good balance of moisture and oils when we finally shampoo. Some naturals do not use shampoo at all or use it very infrequently. Most people apply their favorite cheap penetrative oil of choice, such as olive oil or coconut oil. Some use conditioners or deep conditioners/hair masks instead of a light leave-in conditioner. Using rinse-out conditioners before shampooing is wasteful and counterproductive, being that this process is to be done once more after shampooing. Conditioners are designed to lay our hair cuticles down and shut. If conditioner is applied, the cuticle will swell and reopen again when shampooing. This is is why conditioning before shampooing is counterproductive, and stresses the hair unnecessarily.
The oils help slide off the dirt build up on our hair and scalp also!
TOOLS NEEDED TO APPLY THESE 10 EASY STEPS:
Your fingers or a wide tooth comb (or both) [to detangle]. The comb, in my calculated opinion, is unnecessary for this process.
Hair clips [as many as your sections + 1 more to secure your hair in sections]
Water in a spray bottle (some leave-ins already contain water, but if your hair is thirsty, like mine, spray that H2O girl/brotha!) [to help loosen your tangles]
Plastic cap or left over grocery plastic bag [to marinate the oil/leave-in]. Heating system is optional, but also unnecessary.
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*If you’re just starting out your hair journey and have a TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro), skip steps 1-2 (your whole head, by default, becomes one section).
STEP 1. Section Your Hair in at least 3-4 Sections, depending on your hair’s density/thickness, and secure them with your hair clips. This will help better manage your hair, section by section, slow and steady.
STEP 2. Grab your preferred 1st section, and split that section in half, then grab another hair clip to secure one half of that section away. If you can handle the whole section at once, go for it, but when we split the 1st section in half, we can manage it better.
STEP 3. Grab the section that is hanging and apply your oil/leave-in starting on the scalp of the section, down the hair shaft, down to the ends. Add water if need be with your spray bottle, but do not drench, just spray a few times to help out your oil/leave-in. This is a sweet penetrative treatment for your hair and scalp! I like to apply more to my ends, being that they are the elderly of our hair 😉
STEP 4. Massage that section of hair and scalp section, and lightly finger detangle.
Circulate those blood cells to increase hair growth with that beautiful massage! This step smooths your product in, moisturizing your strands, thus helping your detangling process. If needed, use a comb, but its highly unnecessary for this prepoo process of wash day, in my calculated opinion. Combs are optional in the Conditioning Process (Stay tuned for that blog post! Don’t you worry, Natural Woolly will help you every step of the way!)
STEP 5. Braid or twist that detangled and moisturized section.
If your hair is shorter, braid. If longer, twist. When braiding or twisting, keep the roots loose in order to comfortably shampoo your scalp during the shampooing stage. For both, be sure to twirl your ends tightly. This will help with Wash Day-TWO, so your hair does not unravel in the water thus tangling up all over again after your hard work.
STEP 6. Grab the small section you put away and repeat steps 2-5.
Repetition, repetition, repetition!
STEP 7. Apply steps 2-6 for the rest of your sections.
Routine, routine, routine!
STEP 8. Once your all done with steps 2-7, place a heating cap, plastic cap or grocery plastic bag over your head.
The natural heat that will accumulate from your scalp with the plastic material, will help your oil of choice to penetrate through your hair shaft. This penetration will condition and moisturize your hair before shampooing. Instead of all of the water, from shampooing, swelling up your hair shaft, only the water needed coupled with the oils from your oil or leave-in, will enter in your hair shaft while shampooing. This fights against Hygral Fatigue (damage, such as breakage & dryness, done to the hair fiber from the repeated process of expansion [when the hair is wet], which is when our hair absorbs the moisture and nutrients from our products/water, and contraction [when the hair dries].).
The prepoo method prepares for your shampoo process, and reduces swelling to lessen Hygral Fatigue. Prepooing is liken unto a hot oil treatment. Excellent for the harsh cold seasons as well. Prepooing helps moisturize, condition and even detangle your hair before shampooing to wash. All praises!
*You can even use a sit down hair dryer or a heating system, if you own one, to speed up the process. This is optional, but if you’re schedule’s anything like mine, I’m always on the go. So after my prepoo process is over, I’m doing something else right after, all while my hair is marinating in some good natural oils.
STEP 9. This is optional, but highly recommended: place a pretty head wrap/scarf that you don’t mind getting oily or wet on top of the plastic material on your head. Please do not walk outside of your house with just a plastic material over your head lol Tie your pretty head wrap up before running errands, and no one will ever know you’re prepooing in the supermarket or wherever! You can even workout and really get your scalp all heated up! If you’re leaving it overnight, the scarf will help prevent annoying oil/water drippings while you sleep. And if you are married, your husband will DEFINITELY appreciate a head wrap to bed….as mine does, lol
STEP 10. Go on about your day to let it marinate for at least 30min, or sleep with it over night.
ALL DONE! Be sure to clean up those little curls off the floor and oil/water/leave-in that splattered anywhere. We’re sure you did great and will do even better the more you apply these steps! This will definitely help with healthy hair and growth retention! Until next time!
HERE’S THE LINK TO THE VIDEO VERSION OF THESE 10 STEPS IF YOU’RE A VISUAL LEARNER:
Peace & Blessings,
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