Two Birds, One Stone

Although I enjoy washing my hair for the most part, I’m not one to devote a whole day to the process. I cut corners, I skip steps, I do what I have to do to get it done. I think that’s why Henna never really appealed to me. I’d rather do something else with my time.

One step I’ve skipped for a while was pre-pooing. I go back and forth on whether or not it’s necessary, but lately I’ve been feeling like it’s necessary. I use a pretty harsh shampoo because of my scalp (Selsun Blue), so having oil in my hair during my wash session lessens the blow to my strands. Lately, I’ve been pre-pooing and washing my hair at the same time! How, you ask? Let me explain.

  • I section my hair into four sections and twist each section.
  • I apply my oil for pre-pooing my hair (usually coconut oil, lately Vatika Oil).
  • I use a spray bottle with water to wet just my scalp.
  • I apply shampoo only to my scalp one section at a time.
  • I leave my hair in four sections (twisted) and let it marinate for at least a half an hour. (The dermatologist recommended that I leave the Selsun Blue on my scalp for 20 minutes).
  • I rinse everything out and proceed from there.

I like this method because there’s less detangling, less time I spend under the running water and my hair feels moisturized and not stripped when I’m done. I kill two birds with one stone!


P.S. I separated my twists more today. How’s that?