I’ve talked about pre-poo treatments for natural hair frequently on the blog. It deserves to have its own post because that’s how beneficial it is for your natural hair routine!
One thing I noticed when I brought up pre-pooing on my Instagram page is many people either haven’t added that step into their regimen yet or they don’t think it’s necessary. Well, I’m about to change your mind in this blog post. You need pre-poo treatments in your life.
What Does Pre-Poo Mean?
For those who aren’t sure what this term means, it’s an abbreviation for pre-shampoo which means this step is completed before washing your hair. A pre-poo is a treatment you apply to your hair that’ll help you detangle and restore moisture. You can use oils or conditioners for this step—you can also use pre-made treatments and DIYs!
Using a pre-poo treatment for natural hair has many benefits such as:
- Protects your hair from being stripped while shampooing
- Improves softness and manageability
- Helps gently remove tangles and knots
- Decreases the chance of breakage
- Restores moisture to hair and scalp
You can do your pre-poo treatments overnight or the same day you decide to wash your hair. For me, it depends on what I plan on using and how tangled or dry my hair is.
Products to Use for Pre-Pooing
I’ve tried a variety of oils, conditioners, pre-made treatments, and DIYs on my hair since my transitioning journey. Some things worked better than others—it takes trial and error to figure out which products will work best for your hair. Each product you use to pre-poo comes with its benefits, and that’s what we’re about to discuss!
I’ve tried different oils for my pre-poo treatments, however, my favorite ones are herbal oils. I love using oils that contain Ayurvedic herbs because they’re beneficial for the overall health of our hair and scalp.
Using oils for your pre-poo will ensure the natural oils from your hair and scalp aren’t stripped away while shampooing. If you choose to use oils, I’d recommend using penetrating ones such as Coconut, Olive, and Avocado oil. You can even go the extra mile and mix all of those oils together for a bomb treatment!
For my herbal oils, here are the top ones I recommend:
- Dominican Curly Ayurvedic Oil
- Deidre Soothing & Stimulating Ayurvedic Oil
- SharNaturals Fresh Herbs & Ayurvedic Oil
- Bask & Bloom Herbal Oil
- Nature’s Little Secret Herbal Hair & Scalp Oil
I don’t use conditioners often for my pre-poo treatments, however, when I decide to use them I love reaching for a cheap rinse
To be honest, conditioners aren’t my first go-to when I’m preparing for my pre-poo treatments. Although it’s not a top favorite, it still gets the job done when I decide to use it and it’s a great alternative if you don’t have anything else.
If you’re a mixtress like me, then you can end up creating your own amazing concoction to use as your pre-poo treatment. I’ve tried many DIY’s, however, the most recent and my favorite one to use is the “DIY Ayurvedic Pre-Poo” I made using a combination of Ayurvedic herbs and oils.
Click here to see the video and my before and after once I finished applying this treatment. Here are the products I used, I purchase the majority of my herbs and oils from Amazon:
I applied this treatment in small sections and let it sit for an hour before rinsing it out. My hair was incredibly soft and fluffy before I used my shampoo, I was shocked honestly! It felt like a new head of hair and it was easy to manage throughout the rest of my wash day. If you try this DIY, let me know how it works for you!
There are a few brands that have done most of the work for us and made a pre-poo treatment for natural hair. Using these are perfect for days you don’t feel like mixing anything. It’s easy to grab off the shelf and continue with your step. One pre-poo I recently fell in love with is the African Pride Pre-Shampoo which is packed with amazing, nourishing ingredients such as Aloe Vera Gel and Coconut Water.
I recorded a video for Instagram showing my results after using this product. Make sure you click here to watch it! My hair was super dry, tangled, and matted—unfortunately I had neglected it and it was a hot mess. This product will stay stocked in my collection and I will use it more often. It made pre-pooing my hair so much easier and faster! My hair had a ton of moisture and the slip was amazing.
Another pre-made treatment I recently found out about is the Honey Pre-Poo Butter from a brand called Jakeala. I haven’t tried this product yet, however, I was able to see one of my curl friends use it. Her review is the reason why this product is on my list and why I decided to include it in this post! You can check out her video using the pre-poo here. Make sure you follow her page for more natural hair tips and tutorials!
Will You Try it Now?
Pre-pooing should become a regular step in anyone’s regimen whether they’re transitioning or fully natural. It doesn’t take long and it provides many benefits in the long run—don’t knock it until you try it for yourself!
Yeah, I understand you may not want to add an extra step to your wash day, however, pre-pooing is worth it. Not only will using a pre-poo treatment for natural hair help you retain moisture, but it will also make wash day easier and smoother for you.
Whenever I tried to skip doing a pre-poo, I regretted it. I refuse to move forward with wash day unless my hair is fully detangled, moisturized, and manageable. When you try to wash your hair with a bunch of tangles, you’ll get frustrated quick! Why not save yourself the time and energy by taking an extra 30 min (or overnight) to apply your pre-poo? You’ll thank me later!
Do you pre-poo? If so, what are your favorite products to use? If not, are you willing to give this step a try?