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 routine!
One thing I noticed when I brought up pre-pooing on my Instagram is many people either haven’t added that step into their regimen yet or think it’s unnecessary. Well, I’m about to change your mind in this post. You need pre-poo treatments in your life.
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What is a Pre-Poo?
Pre-poo is an abbreviation for pre-shampoo which means this step is completed before washing your hair.
It’s 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
- Improves softness + manageability
- Helps gently remove tangles + knots
- Reduces the chance of breakage
- Restores moisture to hair + scalp
Products to Use
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.
I love using herbal oils for my pre-poo treatments. Oils that contain Ayurvedic herbs are beneficial for the overall health of our hair and scalp.
Using this 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 Olive and Avocado oil. You can even go the extra mile and mix them for a bomb treatment!
Here are the top Ayurvedic oils I recommend:
- Dominican Curly Ayurvedic Oil
- SharNaturals Fresh Herbs & Ayurvedic Oil
- Nature’s Little Secret Herbal Hair & Scalp Oil
Rinse-out conditioners such as VO5 are great for detangling. VO5 is super affordable and my favorite one is the Moisture Milks Strawberries & Cream Moisturizing Conditioner. It has plenty of slip and smells amazing!
You can use rinse out conditioners on their own or mix them with your favorite oils.
If you’re a mixtress like me, then you can create your own pre-poo treatment. My favorite is the DIY Ayurvedic Pre-Poo I made using a combination of 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 applied this in small sections and let it sit for an hour before rinsing it out. My hair was very soft and fluffy before I used my shampoo.
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!
My African Pride
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.
One pre-poo I recently fell in love with is the African Pride Pre-Shampoo which is packed with nourishing ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Coconut Water. This product provides me with a ton of moisture and the slip is amazing.
No matter how tangled or matted your hair is, this pre-shampoo will help you easily detangle and prepare you for a quick wash day routine!
Another product I recommend is the Chebe Pre-Poo treatment from a small, black-owned brand called Negès Banda. Chebe is an Ayurvedic herb that has many benefits such as:
- Moisturizes + conditions hair
- Improves moisture retention
- Provides nourishment
- Encourages length retention
- Strengthens + prevents breakage
Some other ingredients in this pre-poo are Honey, Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm, and Rosemary Oil.
Pre-pooing should become a regular step in your regimen. It doesn’t take long and it provides many benefits in the long run — don’t knock it until you try it!
I understand you may not want to add an extra step to your wash day, however, it’s worth it. Not only will doing a pre-poo treatment help you retain moisture, but it will also make wash day easier since your hair will be manageable.
When you try to wash your hair with a bunch of tangles, you’ll get frustrated quickly! Why not save yourself time and energy by doing a pre-poo? You’ll thank me later!