Shampoo

I personally use my Pre-Poo as a detangling session before entering into the shower. The added slip from my Pre-Poo products allow me to easily remove tangles.

Pre- Poo is short for Pre-Shampoo. Building this skill into your routine a couple times a month at least will save you an enormous amount of time and effort when styling.

For more information on my entire shampoo method, read below. 

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Re-Learning the Purpose of Shampoo

Type 4 hair is very coily and as a result is extra fragile and dries easily.  This is because it is difficult for sebum to run along the entire strand of hair, leading to drying. Dry hair has decreased elasticity, this means manipulation can exacerbate any split ends and breakage present.  Think of wash day as an opportunity to reset your moisture. And start to think of shampooing as a way to work with a clean slate, instead of a way to dry out your hair. Shampooing removes old product build up so moisture can penetrate your strands.

Should I Pre-Poo My Hair?

Pre-Pooing uses products that add moisture and increase your elasticity and slip so you can more easily manipulate your hair before a wash as well as protect your hair from a cheap stripping clarifying shampoo by improving its elasticity prior to clarifying. You can make the decision on whether you need to add pre-pooing to your regimen based on the look of your hair before shampooing. 

How Often Do I Shampoo?

I shampoo once a week or every 10 days. In between, I have no issues with wetting or running a bit of conditioner through my hair while I’m in the shower.

What Type of Shampoo Should I use?

First you need to know what your goal is at the end of the shampoo. 

  • If you want to completely remove all product from your hair, then a clarifying shampoo is what you need. 
  • But if you only want to remove a little product to hydrate and restore your hair’s bounce and elasticity, then a moisturizing shampoo will do. 

How Do I Know if My Shampoo is Moisturizing or Clarifying?

You can tell what type of shampoo you have by the way your hair feels after being washed. Your shampoo should also have details about what it is supposed to do, but I like to go by the way it feels in my hair rather than what the company claims it does. 

  • If your hair feels like it needs to have its moisture put back into it immediately, you probably have a clarifying shampoo.
  • If your hair still feels very soft after shampooing, you can assume it is a moisturizing shampoo.  

Fro-Tip: You should always condition your hair after shampooing to restore your moisture

LCO: Follow with an oil to help with separation in styles that require clumping like twistouts.  

How Can I Tell if it is Time to Shampoo?

While how often you shampoo is personal and depends on your lifestyle and personal preference, maintaining a clean scalp and removing product build up is very beneficial to retaining length and managing your hair’s health, especially if you have delicate 4c strands.

 

You have been adding product to your hair for a week.
  1. If you have been consistently adding product to your hair and can feel your hair beginning to get stiff, it is time to shampoo.
  2. If you have been using heavy butter and oils to style your hair, washing once a week or sooner can help you avoid build up from heavy products from blocking moisture to your hair.
Spritzing with water no longer hydrates as well as it used to.
  1. If you notice that water takes longer than a few seconds to activate your shrinkage powers, then you are due for a poo.
  2. This is especially if you incorporate a lot of oils into your routine. Oil does not moisturize your hair, it will block your moisture and dry out your hair with excess use!

How Do I Shampoo My 4C Hair?

  1. It is best to wash your hair in sections. I like to use six chunky twists when I jump in the shower. Sections allow me to thoroughly clean my entire scalp without missing since it focuses all of your attention on a small area. 
  2. While your hair is still in twists, apply the shampoo to your scalp and use the pads of your fingers to gently scrub your scalp in small sections while your other hand pulls the twist taut underwater to keep your coils stretched. Squeeze the shampoo into the hair the same as you would a conditioner.
  3. Unravel the twist and let the downward motion of the water assist you in pulling down your hair with your fingers to remove shed hairs. Run your hands down your hair to clean the length of your strands.
  4. Squeeze the section while running your hands down your hair to allow the shampoo to run down and remove product from your strands as well as your scalp. 
  5. Condition and follow with an oil to seal/aid with clumping. 
  6. Twist the section up into a Bantu Knot to keep it stretched and out of the way. 
  7. Once you have completed all of your sections, you can do a once over to make sure you did not miss any spots while they are still in twists. 

Fro Tip: Keep your hair in the same sections you made while pre-pooing when you shampoo. It will be a breeze to shampoo your sections, condition them and hop back out of the shower.

 All Done! Remember that you need to restore the moisture into your strands after you shampoo.

LCO: I love using an oil after my conditioner to help seal in the softening goodness that is my hair conditioner.

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