Pre-shampoo is a protective treatment you apply on your hair before lathering. The consistency will usually be oily or buttery, to help your hair maintain it's moisture and natural oils throughout the usual stripping-shampoo process.
So, heres how to get the most out of your pre-pooing, as they call it: Apply on dry hair. Literally, wake up, make a cup of coffee, and put the pre-shampoo treatment on - dirty hair and all. It’s recommended to leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes, but if you’re feeling extra, go ahead and leave it on during your morning routine.
We often forget that our scalp is skin - skin needs to breathe, needs to be cleansed, and exfoliated. It’s important to give our scalp just as much TLC as we do our face and body.
I mean, doesn’t the phrase state itself? Sounds like heaven. Just think of what a face toner does to you. Cleanses, refreshes, removes, and stimulates. If you’ve got an itchy scalp, but not necessarily flaky - then add this into your hair care ASAP. This is your step before conditioner. You can either apply and leave in, or rinse out. Your preference.
Scalp Exfoliants: Exfoliating the scalp and the root of the hair will cleanse and remove oil, buildup, and debris from scalp. Allowing more bounce, flow, and will slow down the buildup process. If you’re looking for some extra shine, an exfoliant is your answer. Before shampooing - massage the exfoliant into your hair, make sure to lather up, sing your favorite Mariah Carey song (twice maybe), and rinse!
The big question is - do you need to add all of these beauty steps into your routine? Well, thats really up to you, your scalp, and your blowout resilience. Our tip to you, is try these steps in your next few blowouts - see what helps and what doesn’t. If you see and feel a nice difference in your hair then YAS, these steps are for you.
Here are some of our favorite products:
Bumble and Bumble - Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Balm to Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque
Burts Bees - Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment
Philip Kinsley - Flaky Scalp Toner
Briogeo - Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment
Christophe Robin - Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt
Kiehls - Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment