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What's 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.

Popular Pre-poos

For DIY naturals:

  1. olive oil
  2. coconut oil
  3. honey
  4. yogurt
  5. bananas

If you're not into DIY:

  1. Mielle Organics Mongongo Oil Pre-Shampoo Treatment
  2. The Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Deep Hydration Pre-Poo
  3. African Pride Moisture Miracle Aloe & Coconut Water Pre-Shampoo

For fine hair:

You can also use a deep conditioner before shampooing if you have fine hair and you find that pre-poo products leave your hair weighed down

  1. Alikay Naturals Avocado Cream Moisture Repairing Hair Mask
  2. Mop Top Daily Conditioner
  3. Curl Junkie Repair Me! Reconstructive Hair Treatment

5 Reasons to Pre-Poo

Whichever treatment you decide to use for your hair type is, of course, what works for you. And though this may take some extra time, here are five good reasons as to why pre-pooing does wonders for your hair:

  1. Moisture

    Curls and waves are always in need of moisture - and a prepoo treatment is sure to give us added, extra moisture when applied. Seasonal stress on hair such as heat, humidity, wind, salt water, etc, can leave curls extra dry. Adding a prepoo treatment to hair helps to restore lost moisture.

  2. Avoiding “over clean” hair

    Though we all want our hair to be clean, sometimes, “squeaky” clean can be too much. Shampoos and other products can often strip the necessary oils that our curls need for shape, shine and definition -  prepoo treatments help restore those oils and protect hair follicles.

  3. Get the tangles out!

    When using a prepoo treatment, you can take care of detangling hair a lot easier than after it’s washed. Breakage occurs much more often with wet hair, than dry. Therefore, applying the prepoo treatment and allowing it to sit on your hair for 15-30 mins, will help detangle locks  and lessen breakage.

  4. Make the most of your conditioner

    We often use our favorite conditioners a bit too much. So much so that after time, they start to not have as great as an effect as they had some time ago - because they lack a place to “hang on to.” As your hair is stripped of oils, the conditioner you follow up with will simply be washed away before it leaves you any benefits. A prepoo treatment will allow your conditioner to find it’s place back in your regiment and treat your curls to more moisture.

  5. Say “ahhhh”...

    After a pre-poo treatment you should notice soft locks, shiny ones too. Your hair and scalp will be ever so grateful for helping restore some moisture and restorative oils that have been lacking. Making prepoo a part of your regular routine will show great improvements to your hair’s texture and sheen.

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