Natural Hair

Sis, You Need to Pre-Poo! Here is Why.

October 27, 2019
Using a pre-poo treatment for your natural hair is an important part of your regimen. Check out this post to learn the benefits of pre-pooing and which products you should use.

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.

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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!

A pre-poo treatment helps you gently detangle your hair and restores moisture. Click To Tweet

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!


One product you can use for your pre-poo treatment is oil.

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!

Using oils as your pre-poo treatment will ensure your shampoo doesn't leave your hair and scalp stripped after cleansing. Click To Tweet

For my herbal oils, here are the top ones I recommend:


I don’t use conditioners often for my pre-poo treatments, however, when I decide to use them I love reaching for a cheap rinseout conditioner such as Vo5. Vo5 is super affordable and I use the ones that are silicone-free. You can use rinse out conditioners on its own or mix it with your favorite oils.

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!

Pre-Made Treatments

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!

Pre-pooing should become a regular step in anyone's regimen. It doesn't take long and provides many benefits in the long-run. Click To Tweet

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?

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  • Reply Marquita October 28, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    I love to pre-poo just before shampooing. I have noticed that my hair feels very soft and I have tangles. Definitely would recommend anyone to pre-poo before shampooing. The pre-poos I have used are herbal oils and DIYs.

    • Reply Madisen October 28, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Yes, I recommend it for everyone too! I know this step isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s definitely beneficial to have in your regimen.

  • Reply Tiffofalltrades October 28, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    I sometimes pre poo. But my wash day is still pretty good whether o do it or not. I did notice great moisture when pre pooing. But I’m trying to be more consistent with doing it

    • Reply Madisen October 28, 2019 at 5:43 pm

      I wish my hair was like yours lol, my hair is terrible if I don’t pre-poo! But yes it really does help with moisture and my high porosity hair needs as much as possible.

  • Reply Kristal Cason October 28, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Protective styling (with twists) has drastically reduced the amount of tangles I experience before the shampoo hits my hair. And deep conditioning covers my moisture needs. So for me, the pre-poo step is a no go unless I have been wearing a loose style for days in a row and have lots of tangles. But you are right, starting with detangled hair makes a huge difference.

    • Reply Madisen October 29, 2019 at 6:01 pm

      Yeah it’s not a step for everyone but for some it’s a necessity. My hair gets very tangled since I don’t wear many protective styles or keep my twists in, so there’s no way I’d even try to wash my hair before pre-pooing first.

  • Reply Consy Toribio November 4, 2019 at 6:51 am

    I love to pre-poo! I l use my oil (which THANK YOU for mentioning), DIYs & sometimes clay. Great post like always 🙂

    • Reply Madisen November 4, 2019 at 11:40 am

      You’re welcome! Thank you for reading sis.

  • Reply Rochelle May 2, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Good day I thoroughly enjoyed reading some of your material which was very informational. I have decided to go natural and my daughter has always been natural (11 years) so I have been reading up on a lot of literature with updates on the transitioning stages along with tips on hair care for both my daughter and myself. Your material is the best I have come across thus far on the internet. You explained so well and gave so much tips. I feel truly blessed and am grateful

    • Reply Madisen May 2, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      Hello! Thank you so much for reading my blog and I’m glad it has been helpful. That means a lot to me and I’m glad that I’ve been able to contribute my knowledge to your journey!

  • Reply Michelle May 27, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Hello! Very informative read! Quick question. Do you normally rinse the pre-poo oils out before shampooing or just go straight into shampooing your hair with the oils in?

    • Reply Madisen May 28, 2020 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you so much for reading! I rinse the pre-poo out before shampooing my hair!

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