Do You Pre-Poo?

For years, I did hot oil and deep conditioning treatments after shampooing and conditioning my hair. That was just the way my hairdressers always did it — wash, condition, THEN slather on oil, stick me under a dryer or bonnet or weird spaceman hot lamp until I’m done, then rinse and repeat. I never questioned it, but it always seemed like a pain to me. You mean I gotta wash it out AGAIN?

I honestly hadn’t even heard of pre-pooing until late last year, when I discovered Healthy Textures, a blog dedicated to the well being and growth of relaxed and natural hair. Although primarily the information and styles are for relaxed textures, the healthy hair tips are great for bellas of all hair types. Not only does the author, Macherie, have an excellent post on the topic — The Benefits of Pre-pooing, but she’s also got a video tutorial! She advises that it’s a great way to use up hot oils, protein conditioners, and old conditioners you haven’t used yet. I came late to the pre-poo party, but now that I’m here, I’m staying! And telling everyone I know about how great pre-shampoo treatments can be.

When I first heard the term pre-poo, I giggled like a five year old for a second, but the concept grabbed me right away. Doing a pre-shampoo treatment saves me so much time. I slather on some hot oil or deep conditioner, cover my curls with a plastic cap, then put on my little hair steaming bonnet. Or I do a pre-poo just as Macherie did in the video, with a wet towel and a plastic cap, and leave it on for as long as an hour while I kick back and watch Best Week Ever or The Soup or Clean House or… you get the picture. It’s marvelous “me” time. Sometimes I double up the beautification and give myself a pedi, or wear a clay mask on my face while I pre-poo, too. Every couple of weeks I make that my Sunday beauty ritual.

I’ve never done an overnight pre-poo, Macherie advises against it… but quite a few bellas on Nappturality, Long Hair Care Forums, and such all seem to have tried that and I haven’t read any complaints on their forums.

So what do I use to pre-poo? My curls love an oil treatment, and lately I’ve been using Lippia Tea Hair Oil from Zosimos Botanicals, a cosmetics, skin care, and hair care company so green that they formulate their products in a wind-powered workshop. $11 for a sizable bottle that’s lasted me through quite a few pre-poos. In West African countries, Lippia tea is traditionally served as a relaxation tonic at the end of the work day. And according to the peeps at Aveda, it’s also popular in Brazilian folk medicine, and has been used “for centuries for its soothing properties to remedy irritation and discomfort.” Zosimos Botanicals blends it with olive oil and perilla seed oil. This stuff smells more like something you’d cook with, but it makes my curls divinely soft when used as a pre-poo.

Of course, you can use any oil you’d like, including the VO5 stuff, Queen Helene, any of the brands you get at Sally’s, or you can turn to your kitchen for regular olive oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba. Many bellas create their own pre-poo mix, including other known-to-be-nourishing ingredients like honey, rosemary essential oil, castor oil, neem oil, or Indian amla oil — psst, you can get a interesting mix of oils from From Nature With Love.

What has pre-pooing done for me? It’s helped to make my hair softer to the touch and more manageable for comb-throughs. I’ve been noticing less shedding, and my ends aren’t as brittle and prone to knotting up. That’s IF, and only if I keep up my beauty regimen regularly.

So, bellas — do you pre-poo? And if you do, what do you use?

** I found the beautiful afro photo at Nature’s Parlour, a UK natural hair website.

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Comments

  1. Well, I haven’t before, but I’m going to from now on. It makes so much sense. Thanks, bella!

  2. I pre-poo and deep condition! I’m newly natural (just over a month) so the honeymoon hasn’t ended yet! I usually pre-poo with a mix of coconut oil and honey, but I’ll sometimes switch it up by adding avocado, yogurt, coconut milk, etc. After I wash (with a shampoo bar) or co-wash (with suave naturals, usually tropical coconut), i do a deep conditioning treatment (ors olive oil replenishing pack with added glycerin and castor oil).

    This routine leaves my hair soft and completely manageable. I always use a plastic cap with the pre-poo and deep condition and leave it for at least 20 minutes, sometimes up to an hour and sometimes use heat as well. I haven’t had any problems with my hair since my BC and i think that’s due to all the moisture that I use.

  3. Well there you go again Bella! Talking about something that coincides with my life at that EXACT moment! ;) I washed my hair a couple of weeks ago and actually used pure unrefined coconut oil as a pre-poo. I left it on for about an hour as I went about my business. When I washed it out I definitely noticed how soft and shiny it was. I will be doing this from now on.

  4. I ALWAYS pre poo due to Macerieamour, alongside no heat the best thing I do for my hair. Overnight works best in my experiance, either pure coconut oil or Organic root stimulator paks.
    LOVE your site btw

  5. Well, I have pre-pooed with various oils before: Olive and a Queen Helenes hot oil treatment and have had mixed results. Hm. But as I read this post, I think I just might try it again…but perhaps use less oil…hehe.

    L

  6. nolagirl says:

    I do a hot oil treatment before I wash my hair… does this count as a pre poo? if so I have done this my entire life.
    I use olive oil or sometimes queen helen hot iol treatments.
    great stuff.

  7. nolagirl, yup! Looks like you figured it out earlier than I did =)
    I’m gonna have to get some coconut oil…

  8. i’ve never tried it before but will this weekend. thx for the tip!

  9. Bella, girl, I am pre-pooing right now! I am sitting up here watching Oprah with conditioner in my hair and a shower cap on. All praises to Healthy Textures for getting me started with pre-pooing. I don’t do it consistently but when I do I either use unrefined organic coconut oil or a random conditioner. I would not recommend sleeping with conditioner in your hair overnight since there are chemicals in it, however coconut oil should be fine to leave in. I’ve done both and had a disaster with the conditioner (it bleached my hairline last summer…the horror!) but no problems with the coconut oil. OK, time to wash this stuff out! ;)

  10. Mrs. Mckinzie says:

    I need to wash my hair this weekend so,i guess that i will do the pre-poo to see if it makes my fro more afrolicious.

  11. yep, on a stay in weekend I put some olive oil in my hair and wash it out the next day. But if that isn’t possible, condition after I wash my hair with an ayurvedic shampoo. And mid-week I just use conditioner on my hair because I’ve heard that it gets absorbed better on dry hair.

  12. oh yea- that is a fabulous picture!!

  13. warrior11209 says:

    Never tried pre- poo but I will this weekend!

  14. I use O’JON’s from Sephora. Works wonderful and does not leave grease stains on your pillow, but its expensive—$55

  15. yeah, i too have been preopooing off and on ever since i got the tip from healthyhairtextures.com. i just wanna know if its better to do it with conditioner or oil?

  16. BlackHoney says:

    Here’s my pre-poo method.

    I use an ampoule of Huile D’ Ales by Phyto. It’s a combo of botanical oils. I put it on my hair, wrap my head in a silk scarf, and let the treatment work overnight. I then shampoo (Phytojoba), deep condition (Phyto Phytojoba Masque Express Haute Hydration) with my heating cap (15 minutes), rinse and follow with a leave-in conditioner (carol’s daughter black honey).

    The conditioning treatments make my hair super soft and easy to detangle.

  17. Sabrina97 says:

    I have so many questions that this article brings up, so…. First, does this work if you only co-wash? I rarely use shampoo on my hair and I’m concerned that the conditioner won’t b enough to get wash the oil away. Next, I’ve heard that olive oil is good, but is there a particular type (virgin, extra virgin, etc.( that should be used? help!

  18. I had heard of the pre poo concept but never tried it.

  19. Bella Bella my mind reading Bella!!!! Due to the cold winter, the hot ghetto heat in my apartment and the stress of life over the past couple of months my hair has been falling out ;( And I don’t know what to do. I put on my to do list for the weekend to begin researching some hair care sites to get my hair back on track.

    Now I’ve never heard of pre-pooing (makes me giggle like the word doodie or titillating..hahahahahahaa) but after reading everyone’s comments this seems to be the way to go. Can someone recommend where I can get unrefined coconut oil?? I’m in Harlem so I know its around here somewhere but I don’t want to walk in to a store all ignant (yes I said ignant…hahahaha) Also can you recommend any other oils that may be good for dry color treated natural texture hair? I really really appreciate it.

    Thanks Bella!!! I love this site!

  20. rootsrock says:

    Yes I’ve been pre-pooing (lol) too funny to say. Anyway here is my method, I got this from my Dominican hairdresser,1 can Coconut milk, one lime,1tbls coconut oil, one tbls olive oil, 2 tbls raw honey. You wanna put the coconut milk in the fridge till the cream rise to the top ( night b4 is good) skim the rich cream off add the lime and other stuff mix well, Girrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl I’ll be looking like I got me one a dem good ole Jerhi curls from the eighties, my hair is soft ,shiny, non greasy need I say more? btw I leave this on with a plastic cap for 2 hours if I’m just going about my day at home, or one hour under the hooded dryer. You might ask why the lime? The lime breakes down the nutrients in the rich coconut and oils so it obsorbes in your hair fully, and it also stretches you curls so you’ll have less shrinkage. This is what I’ve been told, and so for I love this method and I do it every wash day. BTW I used to do this to keep from relaxing too often, back when I was a slave to the hair crack lol.

    Bella love you work Diva. Keep sweet. Peace.

  21. rootsrock says:

    Oh btw, yes me again, afterwards I rinse it all out with lukewarm water then I co-wash. So yes sabrina97 it works for co-washers. I use Aussie moit conditioner.

  22. I just pre-poo’d tonight, after wearing twists and a twist out, for 3 weeks. I first apply conditioner, rinse this out, then I apply extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil, honey, a smidget of lemon juice and water. I let this sit for up to 1 hour, sometimes longer. I then rinse and wash my hair with a shampoo bar. I repeat this process every 2 or 3 weeks. I only shampoo my hair during this time. This process keeps my hair manageable and soft.

    Sabrina:
    You can use extra virgin olive oil, which you can find at any grocery store. I cannot speak on co-washing after my above process, I’ve always shampoo afterward.

    Janelle:
    You should be able to find coconut oil at a health food store.

  23. hi there.. i thought everyone pre poo-ed…
    my mother always had warm olive oil treatment in my hair on washday as a kid..
    the feel of warm oil massaged into my hair and scalp brings back memories.. the braiding and being ‘chopped’ with the comb if i moved too!
    my mother never used regular moisturiser on us either… just olive oil for her baby’s skin.. i was a shiny kid but my skin is great now…

  24. lol london about your shininess…but hey whatever worked, right?

    Bella, I’m so glad I found this site a couple of days ago. I’ve been natural for almost three years (props to Alana for “paying it forward”…you know who you are, girl!) but I’m so not a high-maintenance girl. At all. In no way, shape or form. Needless to say, my fabulously versatile natural hair has suffered as a result. But this pre-pooing thing…I did a mayonnaise and olive oil pre-poo once and my hair was so soft and shiny in the days afterward. But I’ve been too dang lazy to do it since. You’ve inspired me. This weekend, the pre-poo will be making a long overdue return to my hair. Keep the good info and insight coming!

  25. P.S. Would someone shed some light on this “combing from the ends of the hair up to the root” thing? How does this work and why?

  26. You been Dugg Mama, and I have to say, I’m getting hooked on your blog…

  27. Rootstock:

    Which part of the coconut milk do you use? The cream or what’s left in the can? This sounds like a great pre-poo conditioning treatment.

  28. Lovely idea! I am in love with avocado oil, since it has a better viscocity than olive oil. It’s not too heavy and my hair absorbs it well. I mix the oil with jojoba and Nature’s Gate Awawpuhi Conditioner (yeah the condish is thin but it works wonders as a leave-in or mixed with the oils as a condish/pre-poo). I use the conditioner mix sometimes alone and I just don’t rinse it all out. Next time I actually wash I still have conditioner in my hair. Okay, not quite the same but I think I’ll try the official pre-poo method tomorrow.

    Marsha: As for combing from the ends to the roots, it a way of detangling the hairs at the ends of the strands first before bringing the comb all the way through the hair. The combing method that’s best for you really depends on the length/type of curl in your hair. The key is gentleness — don’t rip at the hair with the comb (duh — unless you want a headache and bald patches). Chances are, you already comb the ends more gently than you do the roots.

  29. I pre-poo’d after reading this yesterday and my hair is GORGEOUS!! Thanks!!

  30. Can some tell me what is co-washing and where can I get the natural (coconut/avacado/etc) oils from?

  31. Cindy — co-wash means washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo, which because of the detergents in shampoo, among other things, can be very drying for kinky/curly hair.

  32. rootsrock says:

    Robin, I use the rich cream that rises to the top of the container. after its been sitting over night in the fridge. I just skim it off with a spoon, The i put the left overs in the fridge again and more cream will rise for another pre-poo. hope this helps:)

  33. errynlilies says:

    The Ojon restorative hair treatment is the best pre-poo that I have ever done to my hair. For years, I was an old fashioned mayo and olive oil girl. That was before I got a sample of the product. It’s expensive, but worth every penny. My hair’s never felt and smelled so good. During the summer when I give up on the straight, I mix a bit in with my Miss Jessie’s to keep my curls from getting that crunchy feel. Hello perfect ringlets!!

  34. HeavenLeiBlu says:

    Hey Afrobella! New “Bella” here. I’ve been “pre-pooing” for about 3 years now, but it never occurred to me to call it anything but what I was doing; which was doing a hot oil treatment prior to shampooing. Pre-poo, huh? LOL! The reason I started is because I had just begun locking my hair, and I was still trying out new products for when I retwisted. I am very skittish about using products that leave buildup, but I got caught out there with those Jamaican Mango & Lime products. I shampooed my hair, and it felt kinda gunky, so I checked it out in the mirror and to my horror, there was the funkiest layer of product buildup in my hair! I panicked for about 2 minutes while I pondered what to do, and remebered that oil breaks down lots of things, so why not this disaster? I ran for my good old extra virgin olive oil and saturated my hair, then threw on a cap. I massaged for a while, and let it sit for about an hour, and then shampooed. The gunk was gone, and my hair was more supple, and softer than it had been in months. I have done a hot oil treatment (or pre-pooed, ha!) ever since then, with great results and many compliments on my locs. I don’t know why It never occured to me to try this when my hair was loose, but no matter how my hair is, I’ll be pre-pooing from here on out.

    P.S. I don’t always use EVOO, but that’s my favorite. I’ve also used coconut oil, Carol’s Daughter Khoret Amen oil, or a hodgepodge of whatever hair/skin healthy oils I have chilling in my hair and body “recipe” closet. :-)

  35. oh.. and stop avoiding good oils/fats in your diet…
    we need oil and fat not just for our nervous system but for healthy hair and nails too…
    i don’t mean eating an ounce of lard a day but don’t be so panicky about ingesting a little oil.. a little goes a long way…

  36. I usually use olive oil once a month but I’m loving some of the suggestions on here, particularly Rootstock’s coconut milk idea. That sounds really moisturizing.

  37. Thanks for this post. It is a reminder for me to go back to the hot oil treatments for my daughters natural locks. When I did the pre-poo it was olive oil & wheat germ oil.

  38. NotUrAvg says:

    I pre-poo and deep condition. I use honey, avocado oil, full-fat yogurt, molasses, and banana (baby food). I let it sit on my hair for about 1.5 and then I wash with my no-poo bar and deep condition. I do this once a week save one week out of the month when I henna (I mix the pre-poo minus the yogurt with the henna). My hair is OH so soft and moisturized and my curls POP!

  39. I, like you, giggled at the word “pre-poo” :) It still makes me giggle :) I begin doing it about three weeks ago. I heard about Burt’s Bees Avocado pre-shampoo treatment from another great blog, urbancurlz.blogspot.com, and it is great! The treatment is about $11 at Trade Secret, and is made especially for pre-pooing. It smells really good, and it makes my hair super bouncy. I love it, and now I am in the process of turning my family members on to the product.

  40. I’m locked – I “pre-poo” with olive oil. I have a tendency to have really bad dry scalp. So the night before I plan to wash, I give myself a hot oil treatment with olive oil. I massage it into my scalp, cover with a plastic cap and scarf and rock that lovely look until I wash. This has helped with my dry, itchy scalp tremendously. When I’m really, really dry and flaky, I will do a baking soda scalp massage right before shampooing as well.

  41. What ever happened to good ol’ mayonnaise? That and olive oil. Lemon juice is also good for your hair, both topically and as a cleanse.

  42. I pre-poo’d after reading this last night with a mixture of jojoba and avacado oil for 20 minutes and then washed it with Cantu Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo. After I washed it I used Alma and Olive Heavy cream from Qhemet Biologics ( I received my sampler from them yesterday :)) then I wrapped it up with my silk scarf. This morning my hair was so soft and so easy to pick through. I have 4b and very kinky curly hair that is in a short fro and it can be very dry. I am loving the moisture and softness I have right now. I will definitely be pre-pooing once a week. Thank you for this post!!!!

  43. I prepoo-ed with some stuff i had lying around just to test it out and i cant believe how soft and smooth my hair came out! i have relaxed hair, i’ll definitely be buying some products and starting this regimen…

  44. nappygwen says:

    Uhh, do u pre-poo with dry hair or wet hair? Did i miss that part?

  45. Labriska says:

    I’ve been visiting this site for a while now and its great!! nuff respect bella, last May i had my 4th BC, hopefully the last:) i have been looking for ways to make my curls/coils softet i’ll be trying this pre-poo method, thank you all for sharing your methods and ingredients…living in the caribbean i don’t have access to most products talked about on natural hair blogs…this is very useful…thanks again

  46. First, I love this site! I have gotten really great ideas (Cetaphil, which has done wonders on my oily face) here. I went to the Healthy Textures site and now I want to try the pre-poo. My only thing is, I have relaxed hair, I don’t like a lot of product in it. I like the light feel of my hair after I take my wrap down. After the pre-poo, does anyone have trouble getting all of the oil/conditioner to wash away?

    Also, I have been looking all over for the Keracare products (I live in Phoenix) and I can’t seem to find them anywhere. Any other products that you can reccommend for this first time pre-poo’er?

    Thank you for such a wonderful site, I have told all my girlfriends!

  47. Hey afrobella,

    A friend of mind told me about the wonders of pre-pooing last december and I decided I would try it out. Ever since then I can’t imagine my hair without it. It helps to keep the moisture in my hair and I love it! It’s all about the pre-pooing! I simply have 6-7 oils(e.g. sweet almond, coconut, jojoba) that I purchased from vitamin shoppe and from Carols Daughter and mix them all together myself!

  48. Shantise says:

    hey lovely lady,
    For my prepoo I use the Type4 Hair Creme from MyHoney Child. I didn’t like how it feeled on my dry hair so I would you if on wet hair if I remembered but right now (as I type) I’m using it as a hot oil treatment since it is oil based. Oh also when I had relaxed hair and sometimes now I would put a hair cream in overnight and leave it in the morning. Makes my hair soft and there is no overnight breakage.

  49. I have so many pre-poo recipes it’s not even funny. Here are a few:

    For Moisture:

    2 TBSP of your favorite Deep conditioner
    1/2 TSP of Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter
    1 TSP Honey or Glycerin
    1 TSP of Coconut Oil (or milk), Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Camellia Oil
    Halved Avocado
    7 drops of Hibiscus extract/gel
    2 drops of Ylang Ylang

    Mix oils together and heat in microwave for 7-10 seconds. Melt Butters in microwave until melted thoroughly. Scoop pulp of Avocado and blend until completely smooth. Add butter mixture to Avocado. Blend. Add honey to the mixture and blend. Add the oils/extracts/milk (if you used coconut milk) last and blend. Let the mixture cool or the fridge and remove when solidified. Part hair and apply in sections with an applicator brush until the entire head is covered. Sit under dryer for 20-30 minutes. Go about regular shampoo routine.

    Fortifying

    1 Tsp Safflower and Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Wheat Germ Oil
    3 Tsp of Amla Oil
    2 Tbsp Blackstrap Molasses (or whichever you can get your hands on)
    Hair Mayonnaise Conditioner or Paul Mitchell’s Super Strong

    Mix all ingredients together. Sit under dryer for 25-40 minutes. Rinse and shampooo. Your hair will be incredibly strong after this.

    Lemme know if you want anymore. Also, Some of my favorite conditioners for pre-poos or bases (for a pre-poo) are V05 Strawberries and Cream, Africa’s Best Organics, Elasta QP intense, Mizani Fufyl and Terax Ultra Moisturizing. And, Phytospecific Intense Mask is very good because it combines protein and moisture and you don’t need to add anything more to it.
    hairsmystory.com

  50. Also, Dominican Conditioners such as Nacidit Olive Oil and Miss Key’s 10 en 1 makes great pre-poos. Pantene’s Nourishing Mask or Hydrating Rinse are great too.
    hairsmystory.com

  51. I do! I do I do-ooh! I have cut down to shampooing twice a week, but until I get to my desired length to feel comfortable with my natural curls, it will have to do.

    Anyway, the night before I am going to shampoo, I condition like crazy, and oil my hair with EVOO – dying to try coconut oil, but haven’t yet. Then I wrap my hair, and sleep!

  52. I love this website!! I’ve been natural for about four years now. I have been doing the co-wash because my shampoo was drying. I read and saw that some of you guys use a ‘no-poo bar’, this sounds like something I’m interested in trying. Any suggestions??

  53. hi afrobella! luv your site!
    I have been natural for about 4 yrs and just started pre-pooing the last year or so–and it has definitely made a huge difference in the softness of my hair. i use a creamy deep condition (usually protein), add some oil and shea butter to it–and bam, I have a lovely concoction. I usually keep mine on for a few hours–as I have an infant to take up alot of that time….lol. But eventually, I get around to washing it out. I do a con-wash, also known as a conditioner wash with a cheap conditioner.

  54. The Hurricane says:

    I read this post last night, and I’ve got olive oil in my hair right now. I don’t know why this didn’t occur to me sooner. I remembered when I was a kid, my hairdresser used to put an olive oil and egg mixture on my hair the visit before I was due for a touch up. I figured I’d skip the egg. We’ll see how this works. I’m growing out a short natural, and I’ve been frustrated with how frizzy some of my hair is. I use Miss Jessie’s products. After a deep conditioner, and a good coating of Curl Pudding, the frizz was better, but still more than I’d like. I’m hoping the oil pretreatment will do the trick.

  55. Definately! At first I didn’t, despite having an EXTREMELY dry, flaky scalp…but now that i’m locked, have to do all that it takes to keep my flaky scalp from causing buildup in my locs. I usually just saturate my scalp with a mixture of tea tree and olive oils before I wash.

  56. Oz_Bella says:

    Hi!
    Natural bella from Australia here.

    Just tried the pre-poo on the weekend and my hair was so soft and manageable afterwards!

    Thank you to all who gave me ideas.

  57. Just wanted to add my two cents for anyone else who comes along and reads this post. Mayo is the the truth when it comes to prepoo/deep conditioner treatments for my 4a tresses. I saturate my hair with mayo, wrap it in cling wrap, cover with a bonnet and sleep on it. When I rinse and shampoo the next morning, the tangles slip right out of my hair BEFORE using conditioner. Amazing! Sometimes I add honey, coconut milk, and sweet almond oil but if I’m out of these ingredients mayo works just as well. Do not be afraid people! Mayo is just eggs, oils, vinegar, and lemon juice which are all great for kinky hair :)

  58. tlpointe says:

    I love this site!!!!!!

    I will be pre-pooing the next time I wash…i’m looking forward to moisturized hair. Healthy hair is on the way!!!

    Thanks afrobella!

  59. GhanaGirl says:

    To anyone that wants to try coconut milk use Thai Kitchen brand. It is so thick it’s more like a thick cream than a milk. and it tastes SOOOO good with some raw honey…wait…i’m supposed to be mixing a pre-poo recipe not eating it!!!!!!

  60. PearlyPretty says:

    I just started the pre-pooing thing. First, I tried oils – and as we speak, I’m trying Burt’s Bees! IT SMELLS AMAZING! I’m waiting to see the results but just off the smell – Burt’s Bees Pre-Shampoo is fantastically spectacular :)

  61. This is so Funny…I am pre-pooing right now, but I use different pre-poos depending on the time of year. In the summer I use a mixture of honey, olive oil, eggs and a little mayo. The honey helps to draw moisture into your hair. Now that it is getting colder and there is not a lot of humidity in the air I am pre-pooing with pure coconut oil and an egg. I take about a table spoon of coconut oil, melt it in the microwave and then crack an egg in it and stir it up then apply it on damp hair. I then cover it with a shower cap and sit under the dryer for an hour. My hair comes out soft and shiny and less tangled! I love this prepoo. Enjoy bellas!

  62. I had never heard of pre-pooing before tonight. I will definitely be giving it a try to see how it works on my VERY THIRSTY hair.

  63. ladypooh says:

    I am going to try the pre-pooing today I have some olive oil an another kind of hot oil treatment i’m going to mix those together. My hair is long and has been very dry but since i color treated it, it has become even more dry. So i will try this and get back and let everyone know how it worked for me.

  64. pre pooing is the bomb.. I have used coconut milk, coconut oil or a deep conditioner as a pre poo.. I have tried overnight prepooing with coconut oil.. My hair seems to love it- all of it!! thank God for natural products

  65. When I was relaxed, I used to frequent a Dominican Salon weekly. Every 2-3 weeks I would get a hot oil treatment. Of course, I didn’t know at the time that it was called a Pre-poo. Honestly, I didn’t know about all these different terms (pre-poo, cowash, etc.) until I became natural. All I knew was that whenever I got a hot oil treatment my hair was always soft and super shiny.

    When I finally decided to do the big chop, I continued to do hot oil treatments before I shampooed or conditioned.

    I’ve made up my own concoction where I combined a lot of different oils. I pre-poo every two weeks. I think I may also start to mix my egg white pre-poo treatment and use it as a protein treatment once a month which it what I used to do when I was relaxed.

    Happy Growing!

  66. Pre-pooing is great! But have you tried oil-rinses? You’ll be amazed by them. Check out “don’t sleep on oil-rinses” thread on the Long Hair Care Forum. It is a quick and very effective method for conditioning and detangling hair.

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  2. [...] as well — why not make Sunday a mommy and me beauty/hair care day? The two of you can do a pre poo treatment with warm olive oil. Make the experience into a fun, bonding new ritual. After shampooing, [...]

  3. [...] your hair no more than once a week, and do conditioner washes Try locking in moisture with a pre-poo treatment — there’s excellent pure coconut oil available at home for just such a purpose — [...]

  4. [...] And to long-time Afrobella readers, those beauty tips are nothing new! I extolled the benefit of pre-pooing with coconut oil, I discussed using a wide-toothed comb to detangle hair as versus a brush (hat tip [...]

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