Do You Pre-Poo?

A Pre-Poo is easy, customizable, DIY treatment for your hair.  Plain and simply it is a conditioning treatment used to moisturizer and/or strengthen the hair that is applied prior to shampooing, hence the name pre-poo.  There are many different types of pre-poos from simple hot oil treatments to complex herbal/ayurvedic blends.  The beauty of it all is that you can add whatever you want according to your hair needs.  Below are a few simple pre-poo recipes that I have used.  I use a color applicator bottle to mix the ingredients.  You can pick one up at any Beauty Supply Store.


Basic Hot Oil Treatment

-1/2 cup Olive Oil (or your favorite oil)

Pour oil into color applicator bottle and place bottle into a cup of hot water for 3 minutes or until warm.

Apply to entire length of hair.

Cover hair with conditioning cap or hot towel for 10 minutes.

Rinse hair and co/wash as usual.


Triple Treat Pre-Poo ~ Conditioner, Oil & Humectant

-3 oz Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner

-2 oz Olive Oil

-2 oz Honey

Pour all ingredients into applicator bottle.  With your finger covering the nozzle shake well until blended.

Apply to the entire length of the hair.

Cover hair with conditioning cap, then sit under warm hooded dryer or apply hot towel for 10-20 minutes.

Rinse hair and wash/co-wash as usual


This is my favorite pre-poo mix as I have discovered that this is what works best for my hair.  I often vary the ingredients and ratios based on what I feel my hair needs at that particular time.  If you feel like your hair needs protein replace the Suave condish with V05 Moisture Milk or Giovannii Smooth as Silk condish which has silk proteins.  Or you can substitute plain yogurt for the conditioner.  You can add any oil of your choosing or an oil blend.  As for humectants if you do not like honey you can try Agave Nectar available in the cooking section of the grocery store or you can use vegetable glycerin.


Herbal Oil Glaze

-1 Tbsp herbs

-1 cup oil

-2 Tbsp cassia or colloidal oatmeal

Add herbs and oil to a pot and steep gently over low heat.

Remove herbs and stir in cassia/oatmeal to make a paste.

Apply to the entire length of the hair.

Cover hair with conditioning cap, then sit under warm hooded dryer or apply hot towel for 10-20 minutes.

Rinse hair and wash/co-wash as usual.


There are many natural plants herbs and extracts that are said to aid in conditioning, hair growth, and scalp issues.  These include the use of cassia, henna, rosemary, lavendar, aloe, amla, hibiscus, brahmi, collodial oatmeal or essential oils.  You can steep herbs in water or oil over low heat to infuse them or add ground powders or essential oils directly into mixtures.


6 thoughts on “Do You Pre-Poo?

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  2. I have locs and have heard of pre pooing on several occasions. Does pre pooing really make a difference if you’re washing your hair afterwards?

    • Hi Lisa, for me yes it actually does make a difference. I get more benefits from pre-pooing then I do from deep conditioning. I have actually done a challenge where i split my hair in two sections. For the section on the left I pre-poo’d, cleansed and conditioned ; for the section on the right I cleansed, conditioned and deep conditioned. Pre-pooing is very beneficial for me in that it helps with detangling, dryness, softness and manageability. There are others that have tried it and did not see benefit. It is especially beneficial for scalp issues like dandruff, itchiness and extreme dryness. I would suggest you give it a try and see how it works for you.

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