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
You can do your pre-poo overnight or the same day you decide to wash your hair.
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. Each product you use to pre-poo comes with its benefits!
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 together for a bomb treatment!
Here are the top Ayurvedic oils 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
Rinse out conditioners such as Vo5 are great for detangling. Vo5 is affordable and I only use the ones that are silicone-free. You can use rinse out conditioners on its own or mix it with your favorite oils.
Conditioners aren’t my first go-to when I’m preparing for my pre-poo treatments. However, it still gets the job done and it’s a great alternative if you don’t have anything else.
If you’re a mixtress like me, then you can create your own pre-poo treatment. My favorite one 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 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. It felt like a new head of hair and it was easy to manage throughout the rest of my routine. 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.
I recorded a video for Instagram showing my results after using this product. Make sure you click here to watch it! My hair was dry, tangled, and matted — unfortunately, I had neglected it. This product provided me with a ton of moisture and the slip was amazing.
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. The slip is on point and it helped me detangle easily! You can check out a tutorial here to see the product in action.
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 help you retain moisture, but it will also make wash day easier since your hair will be manageable.
Whenever I tried to skip this step, I regretted it. I refuse to move forward with wash day unless my hair is fully detangled. 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 doing a pre-poo? You’ll thank me later!