How Do You Pre-Poo?

Pre-Shampoo or Pre-Poo is just a 'treatment' that you do prior to shampooing your hair. It can be something you whipped up in your own kithcen or a product specifically made for pre-pooing. It can be as simple as coconut oil or EVOO or as complex as you can dream up. But basically the purpose is to condition and treat your hair prior to shampoo as many shampoos contain harsh detergents. The length of your pre-poo treatment can be as short as 5 minutes or as long as a full day, it depends on your availability. DIY hair has it's advantages as you can see.

Homemade Light Protein Pre Poo
Heaping scoop of Mayo
Good squeeze of honey
1 egg
& whatever else your heart desires... beer, your favorite conditioner, coconut oil, or nothing!

AHS' Favorite Overnight Pre-Poo
coconut oil
small amount of EVOO
apply from the ends up, cover with a plastic cap, followed by a scarf - leave on overnight

Fruity Mix (stronger protein)
some plain yogurt
1 mashed banana
1 really ripe mashed avocado
good squeeze of honey

So Ladies! How do you pre-poo?!?

6 two cents:

Natasha said...

I don't pre-poo my dreads but when it comes to doing my daughter's takedowns (braids/weave) I use coconut oil exclusively.

Adding EVOO would also add in the smell which would mean that I'd need an essential oil.

Too much work (although you may want to try virgin avocado oil - WAY more expensive but no smell - instead).

The trick with the coconut oil is to use the purest form you can find.

A $10 jar of coconut oil (16 oz or 450 g) has lasted more than 2 years because you only need to melt down about 1-2 tablespoons at a time.

The key words to look for on the ingredient label are:

- organic
- unrefined
- virgin

In fact, there should only be one ingredient on the list: "organic unrefined virgin coconut oil"

Melt down the coconut oil *slowly* in a glass jar. Put the coconut oil you need in a plastic Ziplock kind of bag. Place the bag in the jar and add boiling water.

Bring the jar with you to the tub and let it melt down while you take your shower and wet your hair.

When you're done, the oil will have melted and you're ready to add it to your hair.

Do this at night and wash out in the morning.

Don't keep it on for more than 10-12 hours as I find the hair will tend to start smelling (it is damp after all which begs for mildew creation).

You'll see the difference right away. At least I did with my daughter's hair.

It made taking care of her super curly hair much easier and even more enjoyable for both of us.

Dara said...

My favorite is an oil cocktail of my favorite oils: coconut, grapeseed, sweet almond, jojoba and a little EVOO. I leave it on overnight or under a heatcap for at least 30 minutes.


Ayoko said...

I recently sis the mayo, egg and honey thing, but I am looking for a better smelling recipie

Tiffanita said...

I usually use Organix conditioner mixed with Vatika oil

Anonymous said...

I use burt's bees avocado butter pre-shampoo. I also use it to protect my ends. My favorite prepoo will have to be smashed avocado, orange oil, a little evo, honey and a about 1 tsp chamomile tea (unsweetened). Simple and wonderful smell.

londongirl92 said...

I currently pre-poo my hair with Ancient Formulae Shikakai Hair Oil, it is amazing (minus the fact that the scent is super strong!). It's also non-greasy which is great before you go to bed so it doesn't mess up my plastic cap or pillow (but the scent does)

Then the next day I just rinse it out and go on to use my Shikakai shampoo.