Why Pre-Poo is Essential To Your Hair Regimen

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Today I’ll be sharing with you a little bit of information on the importance of pre-pooing your hair. It doesn’t matter if your hair is natural, permed or even bleached; pre-pooing is still important. That being said, my focus will be primarily on pre-pooing natural hair. I hope you learn a lot from this blog post. So let’s dive in.

 

 

WHAT IS PRE-POO?

Pre-poo is the process of saturating your hair with an oil or aloe vera gel before washing your hair with a shampoo and conditioner. Some people do their pre-poo a day before their wash day so the hair would be fully moisturized; while others decide to pre-poo their hair between 30 minutes to an hour before washing their hair. For this post, I did my pre-poo and let it sit in my hair for two whole days (crazy huh?). This was done unintentionally because I totally forgot I had signed up for a shift at an event on campus the following day so I let my pre-pooed hair stay a lot longer than I planned

My Hair Experience With Using The Pree-Poo Method

The first time I heard of pre-poo was during my transition hair journey. I stumbled on the videos explaining how pre-poo was done and its importance, so I binged watched several videos on pre-pooing and read some blogs to have a better understanding of this method. After watching these videos, I was really excited to try the pre-poo method my hair but it didn’t go as I had expected because I had two different hair textures. So I decided to stop pre-pooing my hair until I finally big-chopped. Check out my previous post on My Natural Hair Transition Story to see how I transitioned my hair.

When I finally big-chopped, I tried this “pre-pooing” method again and I can say that the result was a lot better than my previous experience and my hair felt more moisturized than ever. After seeing how much my hair flourished whenever I pre-pooed my hair, you would expect that I stick to this using the pre-poo method but no! My lazy ass self decided to remove the pre-poo method from my hair regimen and my hair suffered a lot. I got a whole lot of tangles in my hair whenever I washed it and the detangling process took too much of my time.

I think one of the main reasons why I stopped pre-pooing was that I felt it was too stressful and prolonged my wash day routine. But we all know that taking care of natural hair requires patience and time which can be a lot, especially when you have school work to deal with; which was my case.

With removing the pre-poo process from my hair, I noticed that my hair was really dry and had a difficult time retaining moisture.

In the first two days after my pre-poo & wash ‘n go, my hair seemed really moisturized, curl popping and looking all cute; but on the third day, it became really dry, hard and lacked moisture so I found myself needing to add water or cream every day to help with keeping my hair moisturized. Although the cream helped with sealing moisture in my hair, I noticed it started clogging the pores on my head, led to itchy scalp and my hair looked really flaky due to an increased amount of hair butter used during the week. So I decided to reduce the amount of hair butter I use on hair in the hope of reducing the itchy scalp. This wasn’t helpful at all so in introduced the pre-poo method back into my hair regimen.

I believe removing pre-poo from my hair regimen attributed to the loss of moisture retention in my hair, but another factor that may have contributed to lack of moisture was the shampoo I used in my hair regimen.

I’m really not going to go into much detail about the shampoo’s effect on my hair as a reason for lack of moisture. I will have to really look into this and get back to you guys on my supposed theory.

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Before Pre-poo
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After pre-poo: Back View

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Benefits of Pre-pooing

1.Prevents dryness of hair when washing 

By pre-pooing your hair with natural oils like olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, Jamaican castor oil, and several others, it helps in keeping your hair moisturized so that when washing your hair, all the natural oil in your hair would not be completely stripped off which could lead to dryness of hair.

2. It helps in detangling the hair 

As we all know washing your hair without sectioning it can be really stressful but incorporating the pre-poo method before washing your hair can save your hair from tangling and possible breakage.

3. Helps in managing your time

By pre-pooing your hair, it helps soften the hair, keeps it moisturized and reduces the time to be spent in washing and styling your hair.

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Pre-poo oil mixture containing Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Coconut oil, and Olive oil.

 

 

When pre-pooing, I incorporate the use of three oils which I really think is beneficial for my hair growth. The oils I use include:

How My Pre-poo mixture was made.

  • 3 Tbs of Jamaican castor oil
  • 5 tbs of olive oil
  • 4.5 oz of coconut oil

The oil mixture is added to an applicator bottle which is then placed in hot water so the oils can melt and mix evenly.

HOW I PRE-POO MY HAIR

I start off by spraying some water on my hair using a spray bottle to make the hair a little bit damp. I then section my hair in 6 chunky twists to make the whole process easier for me. I unravel one twist, apply my pre-poo mixture on my hair and put my hand through it to let the oil saturate throughout that section. I then use my fingers to detangle before using a wide tooth comb to make sure there are no more tangles in my hair.

When using the comb, I make sure to start from the bottom to root to avoid more tangle and breakage in my hair. After detangling that section, I run my hand through it again to make sure there isn’t any tangle in my hair and then I retwist. I repeat the process to the remaining chunky twist. Once I’m done with all the sectioned twist and put it all in a shower cap or a plastic bag (your choice) on my hair to let the oil penetrate into my hair. I don’t normally have a designated time for how long I want my hair to be under the shower cap, I just go with the flow.

NOTE: You can keep your pre-pooed hair for as long as you want. you can also opt to use a hooded dryer to speed up the pre-poo process. 

Once I’m done with pre-pooing I saturate my hair with look warm water and wash it with a shampoo and a conditioner.

Pictures of wash ‘n go hairstyles I rocked after using the pre-poo method 

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Day 4

 

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Day 6

I’m sure by now you can see how this pre-poo method helps keep moisture in the hair and makes it look luscious throughout the week.

Let me know if you have tried this method before or will be trying it soon.

Until next time, stay moisturized

Sincerely,

Favour.

Understanding Your Self-worth​

SELF-RESPECT, SELF-WORTH, AND SELF-LOVE, THAT’S ALL WE NEED

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I had a conversation with a friend last week and she really spoke about how family members demean her because she was plus sized. Funny enough I have experienced this issue so many times and it’s so sad that many women and men out there have had to deal with negative words from their loved ones, which has really made them feel so unworthy and valueless.

Why can’t people just let you be great and be yourself? I understand we all have the freedom of speech but why does it always have to be the negative words people say to others just to make them feel as though they do not fit to the society’s standard of an ideal man or woman.  Because of this, I have decided to share my thoughts with you about self-worth and I hope you all find your path to understanding your worth.

Self-worth is the value one upholds himself or herself to and the need to be respected by others.

Sometimes self-worth is influenced by the people around you, your experience and location but you should not let these factors determine how you see yourself.

Take for instance a person who’s had a missing father or mother figure would try to compensate for their lack of attention from their parents in their significant other.  Their high expectations for their partner to fill the gap of their parent’s lack of love would drive their relationship to the wall. Sometimes these family issues make them seek approval in shallow relationships all for some sort of love they never got.

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We need to believe that we do not need to have someone rooting for us before we can be great. We live in a society that instilled in us that for one to be great your need someone by your side be it your spouse, your boyfriend or girlfriend, or your family. This concept is so wrong. I think all you need is God and yourself; you already have the potential to be great all you got to do is trust in your self and your worth and only then would you see your product of greatness.

Successful people radiate self-esteem not self-disgust – Bo Bennett

We are our biggest enemy especially when we demean our self constantly and when we let the negative words people say get to you. So for you to be your greatest fan, you have got to look yourself in the mirror every day and say kind words to yourself. You may think this is silly but the power of positive words can do a whole lot in one’s life. Not just that alone, it creates a better atmosphere for you to understand that you are amazing, beautiful, handsome and have so much greatness to instill in the minds of others.

Thomas Carlyle says “Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.” This goes to show that the little you have achieved even though you might consider it as nothing can help you see yourself in a more positive light when you are able to remember that you have achieved something so there’s really nothing that can stop you from achieving greater things. 

 

Knowing one’s self-worth doesn’t just apply to women alone, but men as well. I like to think men’s egocentricity is attributed to how they see themselves dictating their self-worth. While it’s easier to assume that most men are egocentric, there are still some men who are altruistic. Every human is a little too self-centered so the egocentrism of a man can be positive or negative. The difference is being appreciative of your self rather than demeaning others.

The man who does not value himself cannot value anything or more- Ayn Rand

Demeaning your self and constantly picking on your flaws can be damaging to your mental health that’s why its really important you know your value so people do not trample on your weakness.

 

How we can uplift our spirit to find our worth

Podcast and Blogs

As a person who loves to read, I always find time to read blogs or even listen to podcasts whenever I feel depressed. There are so many benefits of listening to podcasts but the one that really strikes me is how it can help with self-healing especially podcasts that serves the purpose of instilling self-positivity in the human mind.

Music

Music a piece of art that has the power to change one’s mood. I cannot stress how much effect music has had in my life especially times that I cannot seem to find my voice or feel down in a community.

Counseling

Meeting with a certified counselor can be helpful, especially if you feel you have reached a point where you cannot help yourself any longer. There are so many counselors out there, you just gotta search for one. For my fellow college students, we have counseling centers on campus and it’s free, so you might as well utilize this opportunity.

To wrap this up, your worth as a human can only one determined by you. If you hold yourself to a high esteem, others will too. So please find your voice and know your worth.

Love,

Favour.

 

Fashion Speaks For Itself

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Hello, lovelies!!

It’s good to have you back here once again. Now, remember from my previous post how I told you all that my mom spends so much time in looking at the fashion styles on the newspaper. Well, I’m proud to tell you that this dress style from the picture above was picked by my dear mother and you all can definitely testify to how beautiful this cloth looks on me.

Now let’s get to the topic of the day “fashion”. I’ll start by defining what fashion is.

Fashion is a way of life, a representation or expression of one’s identity as well as a confidence booster.

Now you might be wondering why I used confidence booster to describe fashion. My reason being the use of clothing, footwear, sunglasses, e.tc, when worn by a person and is liked by the one who wears it, you can tell if the person is confident by their facial expression and body language in the clothing they wear

Take a look at the picture above and tell me what you see?  From the picture above I’m putting on a beautiful Ankara print clothing which I love so much. Now see how much my smile is resonated in my face and also my body language all gotten from just putting on this dress. So when you wear a clothing, a footwear, glasses or any other accessory which you love or at least like, you feel more beautiful (or handsome), and confident about yourself which also rubs off on people around you.

Fashion is more art than art is – Andy Warhol

Fashion is not restricted to just clothing but also footwear, makeup, and one’s lifestyle.

Fashion trends come and goes and sometimes old fashion trends are brought back with a new structured style. Fashion trends can be influenced by location, people, and one’s culture. While sometimes we might feel like wearing a certain type of clothing, the event one might be attending determines the fashion style that is being accepted. I am really thankful for all creative minds behind fashion style and how these styles have really shaped the way of life and the world at large.

Both men and women have a different sense of fashion styles and the particular colors they wear in terms of clothing or other accessories differs as well. while there are several ways in which they express their love of fashion but one thing both male and female have in common is their need to represent their belief and love for fashion.

Now many of you might think your fashion sense might be quite different or weird compared to others, but what makes fashion unique is the different ways one can really showcase what you stand for or what you are really passionate about. I believe the oddity and weirdness of various people’s sense of style really are what broadens the scope of the fashion culture.

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What Fashion Really Represents

I can sit back here and give you a long list of how fashion is been represented, but I’ll narrow it down to these two things.

  • Art

     I’m sure that whenever someone says art, the first thing that comes to mind is painting or any sort of artwork that requires a brush and a hand; but art is not just paintings or sculptures. Since art really is expressing the creative mind of a human it, therefore, puts fashion into what art really is. The designs, patterns, rays of colors imprinted in a clothing or accessory voices out the creative skill of the designer of that product. This goes to show that fashion is art and art is fashion.

  • Culture

    As a Nigerian woman, one way I portray my place of birth and culture is through my clothing and traditional ornaments. Fashion through clothing, footwear, hair ornaments showcases one’s history, culture, and sense of being. sometimes when we look at the people around us, what really determines if we want to get to know them is if they both have a similar sense of style as we do. Although judging people from their clothes can be misinterpreted sometimes I still think one can know much about the people from their styling choices.

As a 20-year old woman, I feel like my like my sense of fashion has really changed. I developed a more professional dress sense but I’m definitely not afraid to play with different colors, patterns, and clothes that really accentuates my thick curves. As a plus size woman sometimes the society likes to decide what clothes are considered appropriate for you but why should they really have a say in our sense of style. So I am really determined to wear what I love and what represents my culture.

So to all women and men out there do not let anyone stop you from growing and exploring your fashion style, and please don’t be afraid to take crazy fashion risk because you just might discover that it really is your sense of style.

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Wear your art and let fashion speak for you.

Leave a comment below on what fashion means to you and what creative ways you have been able to express it?

My Natural Hair Transition Story

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Hello lovelies

Good to have you here once again. Today I’ll be sharing with you my beautiful journey of transitioning to natural hair, how I was able to manage my hair and the lessons I have learned from this journey.

Disclaimer: I would repeatedly use “natural hair” a lot in this blog so please bear with me.

Before I go in-depth about my transition hair story, I’ll just give a misinformation about natural hair I have heard from people who has made perming the norm. The natural hair was seen as ugly, unmanageable, too thick, and unprofessional, so most people did not like braiding natural hair or having anything to do with it because they felt it was painful to braid and time-consuming. But i am really happy that a lot of people have come to love their natural hair and are proud to rock their afro.

For the longest I have always recalled having my hair permed since i was five and I believe what made my mom decide to perm my hair was because it was too thick and she really didn’t have much idea on how to manage it. so she thought perming my hair would be so much easier to manage.

The use of relaxers on my hair was really not a fun experience for me. I have gone through several types of relaxers and what they all have in common was pain. I experienced a whole lot of excruciating pain each time I had a relaxer put on my hair. I never let the relaxer stay too long in my hair because I would start screaming and crying so the hair stylist would wash out the relaxer immediately,

The hair stylist and my mom would try to come up with different ways to stop the pain such as putting the powder in my hair before adding a cold relaxer on my hair but this never helped at all. so I had to withstand this pain for several years until I moved to the United States. Perming my hair here in the United States was a lot better for me which was probably due to the weather. Although I still felt some pain when relaxer was put on my hair, it was much bearable and maybe my change of environment really was another factor that contributed to my pain tolerance, so I continued to perm my hair for about a year and 3 months before I decided to transition to natural hair.

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My last perm  (August 21, 2016)

What really sparked my decision to transition my hair was when I stumbled upon an Instagram post of a natural hair Vlogger “Chizi Duru”. I was just amazed on  how beautiful her hair was and versatility of styles she did on her hair. so I looked up youtube videos of natural hair vloggers who transitioned to natural hair such as: “JourneyToWaistLength”, “Chay Andi”, “Healthy Afro Hair”. Watching their videos really helped me in my transition journey and also increased my knowledge of managing my hair.

One of the reasons I took this decision to begin this transitional hair journey was because I was broke. Let’s be honest, most college students are broke and spending hundreds of dollars in salons to get your hair done can be daunting especially if you have other needs to sort out. So let’s just say I was able to save some extra bucks when I transitioned my hair.

 

The first 4 months of transitioning my hair was so manageable but as the months went by, it became more stressful, time-consuming and little bit expensive seeing I had to change my hair regimen and buy new hair styling products. Some products that I used during my transition journey included shea moisture retention shampoo and conditioner, coconut oil and Jamaican castor. Although my transition journey became time-consuming and stressful, i learned to be patient with how i cared for my hair which helped in my hair growth. I will definitely talk more on my hair regimen in another blog post so be on the lookout for it. 

I did a whole lot of protective styles such as braids, twist, crotchet, and weaves to help reduce manipulating my hair and these styles also helped in my hair growth and also gave me time to figure out how to care for my hair.

All in all, my transitional hair journey lasted for 11 months before I decided to big chop. Now please do not confuse this with me completely cutting my hair, but this process involved cutting just the permed part of my hair. After my big chop and the time I spent taking proper care of my hair, i learned to love my 4a,b,c hair, its curl and its beautiful texture. 

Before I end this blog, i will like to know if any of you transitioned from permed hair to natural hair, and for how long? Also for those who still perm their hair, do you intend on transitioning to natural hair? Please leave your comments down below I look forward to reading them.

Love,

Favour

My First Blog Post

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Hello lovelies

My name is Favour Epuna and welcome to my very first blog post. Now I’m sure many of you might be thinking why I decided to join the blogging community, and what makes my blog unique from others. Well sit down and relax while I share my story.

Ever since I was a little girl, I always looked around the house for storybooks to read so much so that I continuously beg my mom to take me to the library in Abuja, Nigeria; so I could pick books to read. The excitement I get once I start reading the storybooks is unexplainable, but once I’m done reading those storybooks I become restless and start searching for something else to read. You would expect that the next thing for me to read would be my dad’s newspaper seeing that I have so much love for reading. Well, I’m really sorry to disappoint you; newspapers were really not my thing as a child. I just saw that it was too advanced for me and also had less animated pictures so I refrained from reading them. Once I got into secondary school (High school), I started picking up my father’s Sunday newspaper to read and was also drawn to the fashion section of the newspaper because I saw that fashion was one of my mother’s interest. She would spend so much time looking at the fashion styles and trends to decide which style she was going to pick so her tailor can make the exact replica of her African print fabric. 

While my desire for reading sparked my interest into starting this blog, I allowed fear and procrastination to build a castle in my life hindering me from fulfilling my purpose to humanity.

But I am really grateful for the family and friends I have around me. Not only did they help me overcome the habit of procrastination, they also encouraged and uplifted my spirit by instilling positivity in my life. It still feels surreal to be writing this blog, but I’m really glad to have taken this bold step in creating this blog so I get to share my thoughts on important natural hair regimen, inspirational ideas, health care tips, book reviews and my future adventures to you all.

I’ll be posting a blog on my natural hair transition journey next week, so make sure to be on the lookout for that post.

P.s: I’m currently reading “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi. Click here if you want to purchase this book which I highly encourage. I’ll make sure to write a review of this book once I’m done reading it.

I look forward to getting to know you all and seeing your comments. Until next time. Smile, love, and live life to the fullest.

Love,

Favour