This pre-shampoo by African Pride is what black girl hopes and dreams are made of. It's times like this that I'm further convinced God is a black woman because only a divine being in black woman form would give whatever chemist the very specific knowledge to create a product that significantly improves wash day and detangles your hair before it's washed, no matter the length, thickness or curl pattern.
To keep it 100 with you, I haven't tried African Pride products since too long ago to remember. But after the best intern ever SWORE by the Aloe & Coconut Water collection, I figured I'd give the pre-poo a go. You can probably tell by the pics in this story, and definitely by my Instagram, that I have extremely thick hair. It's long (when straightened), exceptionally thick, and the curls are a mix of 4a's through c's. I love my hair and I'm so proud of how very black it is (y'all did that, ancestors!), but it takes a lot of work to maintain. Just to shampoo my hair I have to separate it into two Afro puffs and wash each section one at a time to make sure I get through all of the hair and reach my scalp. Ideally, there'd be a pre-shampoo product that could detangle my hair before I wash it, so that cleansing it would be even easier and more efficient.
And just like that, this jar of miracles came to be and changed the game. With low expectations, I parted off a front section of my dry hair and applied the gel-like formula, pulling it from ends to roots. The slip factor was out of this world and I finger-detangled the section — something I was NEVER able to do before — and two-strand twisted it. Shook but still skeptical, I tried a piece in the crown, as that's where my tighter than tight curls live (like y'all don't already know). That was the ultimate test that would determine if I was a real believer, and SIIIIIIIIIIS!!! The hair in my crown detangled like it was nothing; like it was under witness protection to cooperate with the government; like it was on a date with Lance Gross; like it was being promoted and back paid for all its workplace improvements that nobody acknowledged bc it was black and female. I finger detangled the tighter sections and then reinforced with a wide-tooth comb before twisting it. When I was done detangling my hair, I kept in the twists and shampooed it in the shower. My scalp was more exposed this way and it really made for a thorough, deep clean. To be sure I got all the pre-poo and shampoo out, I unraveled a few twists at a time to rinse out all the product and then twisted them back to stay detangled. When I was done, I applied some leave-in to each section and went about my life as usual. My time was literally cut in half and when I got out of the shower I was done-done — no detangling or any of that.
I'm such a fan of this product and now that I've had it, I can't see another wash day without it. Also, it's only $4.48 and this is proof that black girls shall reap all the goodness they've sown.
Get it from Walmart for $4.48.