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What is a pre-poo?

A pre-poo is usually an oil treatment applied to hair prior to shampooing or conditioning. While most of these treatments can be oils of your choice, some women create other treatments from household pantry items. If you have tried treating your fine, loose curly hair to an olive oil, mayo, or yogurt pre-poo, you may realize that some of these tend to weigh them down. While nourishing your waves before wash day is important, make sure you are using the oil or treatment you use is appropriate for your specific hair type. The typical pre-poos include coconut oil, olive oil, bananas, and honey. When used alone, these are ideal for high porosity curly or kinky hair. For your waves, try one of these products for optimal scalp hydration prior to washing your hair.

Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil, $13.99

Helps prevent breakage, shedding, and promotes growth by improving blood circulation to the scalp. It’s a lightweight oil that can be used as both a pre-poo or hot oil treatment. Use daily as a sealant or weekly before cleansing.

Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Hair Oil Treatment, $10

Fortifies and moisturizes while promoting fuller hair. This product uses a blend of quality, lightweight oils to help restore moisture and keep fine hair well nourished.

Nubian Heritage EVOO & Moringa Repair & Extend Pre-Poo Treatment, $9.99

Highly reparative and protective formula prepares and protects hair during and after chemical treatments--including perms and color. It also softens and detangles with extra virgin olive and moringa oils, protecting hair from further damage with quinoa and fennel.

Bobeam Stimulate Condish-Peppermint, $8.50

Lightly scented conditioner that can be used either as a pre-poo, after wash rinse out, leave-in and/or deep conditioner. The invigoratingly light scent of peppermint helps stimulate follicles and promotes growth while removing scalp build-up.

Pura Body Naturals Brazil Loc Oil Brazil Loc Oil, $9

An all-natural blend of oils that can be used on wet or dry hair to give soft waves and add shine. Use as a hot oil treatment or a pre-poo hair treatment and massage gently for a few minutes to stimulate healthy follicle growth.

Minardi Luxury Care All Systems Pre Wash Therapy Ultra, $33.50

Luxurious créme-oil emulsion deeply infuses dry, damaged hair with maximum levels of moisture and nourishment. Helps improve elasticity and shine. This product helps to protect color as well.

Honey’s Handmade Knot Going Bananas, $10

Can be used as a daily conditioner, a leave-in or a pre poo treatment that helps with knots and tangles. The gentle, organic creamy conditioner is made with natural butters and oils to keep hair healthy and cleansed.

Trader Joe's Coconut Oil, $6

Most loose curlies use this in the emulsified liquid during the humid summer months for providing many essential vitamins and nutrients to the scalp and easily penetrating abilities.

What do you use to pre-poo?