Is Pre-Poo The Secret To Happy Curls?

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2Photo: Courtesy of Curly Essence.
Ana Rita D' Almeida and Denise Sonnemberg — two Lisbon-based twenty-somethings behind the blog Curly Essence — know that you are not your hair. Still, there's no reason not to celebrate the natural hair movement, and now, the ladies are bringing their expertise in everything from the best leave-in conditioners to the top travel spots straight to R29.

Have you heard about pre-poo but never knew what the hell anyone was talking about? With the wind, heat, pollution, and other environmental stresses drying our your hair, it's almost a necessity to restore moisture to our tresses! If you do this process every time you wash your hair, you’ll start to see improvements in the health — and shine! — of your mane. RELATED: How Good Is Moroccanoil, Really?
1Photo: Courtesy of Curly Essence.
As a note, the pre-poo should be performed with dry hair, as it helps to untangle it much better than when you're hair's already wet. Here are three of our favorite recipes.

Coconut Pre-Poo
4 tbsp coconut milk
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp of your favorite oil

Olive Oil Pre-Poo
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp castor oil
4 drops tea tree oil

Yogurt
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 tbsp of pure honey

To apply, divide your hair into sections; detangle the hair with a wide-tooth comb or your fingers. Spread the mixture on each section, and when you're done, put a cap. Wait about 15 to 30 minutes and rinse with warm water.

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Ana Rita D' Almeida and Denise Sonnemberg — two Lisbon-based twenty-somethings behind the blog Curly Essence — know that you are not your hair. Still, there's no reason not to celebrate the natural hair movement, and now, the ladies are bringing their expertise in everything from the best leave-in conditioners to the top travel spots straight to R29.