We know you have burning questions when it comes to a little thing called a pre-poo. Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered!
Sometimes, shampoo and conditioner alone just isn’t enough to revive dry, damaged and thirsty locks. That’s when a pre-shampoo kindly steps in. It can work wonders for your hair’s overall health so we decided to ask an expert. We tapped our favorite custom hair care brand Prose’s director of education, Faith Huffnagle to school us on the benefits of using this. Find out below what she had to share.
MA: For those who don’t know, what exactly is a pre-poo?
Faith Huffnagle: Pre-shampoo (or pre-poo) refers to unique treatments before the shampoo process – for Prose, this is either the Custom Pre-Shampoo Hair Mask or Custom Pre-Shampoo Scalp-Mask. When it comes to pre-poo treatments, it’s important to understand the overall health of your hair so you can determine whether or not you actually need a pre-poo treatment and what type. Prose’s treatment is a highly concentrated mask made with freshly active ingredients designed to deeply penetrate, nourish and treat all hair types. While each mask is made unique to the person, Prose offers both a hair and scalp mask to address a magnitude of concerns including flakes, excess sebum, fiber repair and split end repair.
MA: What do you think are the biggest benefits of using a pre-poo?
FH: The biggest benefit of using a pre-poo is that it penetrates the cuticle or scalp in a more effective way to tackle specific needs to your hair before showering. With Prose’s Pre-Shampoo Hair Mask, you will get a highly concentrated pre-cleanse treatment that restores moisture and smoothness to hair lengths and ends. The Prose Pre-Shampoo Scalp Mask also helps restore balance to your scalp, whether you need soothing repair or a gentle detox.
MA: What ingredients should you avoid in a pre-poo?
FH: Steer clear of products that include fragrance or alcohol (both can be irritating to sensitive scalps). When repairing length, look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid (yes, it’s amazing for hair too!), castor seed oil and plant collagen to help moisturize, nourish and repair. For scalp pre-shampoo treatments, look for products that have ingredients such as bamboo charcoal, Kombucha tea, and Juju Bark extract (like Prose’s Pre-Shampoo Scalp Mask); these will aid scalp cleansing and detoxifying.
MA: What are the biggest factors you consider when customizing this treatment for different hair types?
FH: In order to ensure that an individual’s hair gets the best results possible, aside from considering an individual’s current hair type, you also must take into account their lifestyle, needs, diet and even environment.
For example, with Prose’s Custom Pre-Shampoo Mask treatments, some may need ingredients to help soothe and balance their scalp rather than ingredients geared towards sebum control or flakes. By considering the range of factors that affect one’s scalp, and by offering a product that has clean, effective ingredients, we’re able to target the customer’s specific concerns without impeding on their overall scalp health.