The Art Of The Pre-poo

By Good Hair & Beauty Diaries - Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What is a pre-poo?

To apply a conditioning / treatment to the hair prior to shampooing / washing so as to add moisture to the follicles.

How does the pre-poo affect your hair?

Yes, it's true that everything that put on your hair before a shampoo will be washed away. It may be hard to see the point of doing this step in the first place. Let's remember that the process of washing the hair can be very stressful on the hair, especially if you are still using a sulfate shampoo. In fact, there tends to be a ton of manipulation during the washing, deep conditioning and styling routine. Doing a  pre-poo conditions the cuticle and gets it prepared for the manipulation to follow

Which products are best for a pre-poo?

What you use as a pre-poo is solely up to you. I enjoy using a protein conditioner/treatment as a pre-poo if I know that I will be deep conditioning with a moisturizing treatement. In general, oils, powders, humectants such as honey and conditioners are all great options for pre-poos. Choose according to what your hair needs and craves in order to get the most out of your pre-poo.

How to do a pre-poo 

  • Gather your ingredients for your pre-poo
  • Section your dry hair into 4 or more sections
  • De-tangle each section with a wide tooth comb
  • Spread your choice of pre-poo over each section
  • Cover hair with a conditioning cap and sit under a hooded dryer if you choose
Doing a pre-poo will give your hair that fighting chance it needs to withstand further manipulation on wash day.

Have you tried a pre-poo? If so, what's your favorite product to use? let us know in the comment section below!

Have a Good Hair Day!!!

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16 comments

  1. My favourite is coconut oil! Did it last night :)

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    1. Coconut oil is also my favorite, but I recently enjoyed using the VO5 moisture milks conditioner as a pre-poo. That stuff leaves my hair super soft!

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  2. I use Red Pimento Oil Strong Roots from Tropic Isle Living. Love it.

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    1. I wish the line of products were available in SA. Would kill for it.

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  3. I love the smell of coconut oil. I know it has good benefits too so, ill pre-poo with that.

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  4. My fave is the honey, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. It leaves my scalp and hair super shiny and soft.

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  5. I have been reading hair blogs for a few months now and I didn't have the courage to ask what pre poo was just in case... it actually related to poo. I know silly as?
    Thanks for the info.

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    1. That's not silly at all. I made sure to clarify on my twitter account for those who may have thought the same thing. Plenty of people thanked me for the clarification.

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  6. I mix coconut oil with whichever cheap conditioner. I also detangle only after applying the pre-poo.

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  7. I pre-poo with coconut oil and some cheap conditioner, but I detangle whilst pre-pooed not before.

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  8. What type of pre-poo would you suggest to someone who has just done the "big chop", and has thin hair (especially my edges)? Also, what type of shampoo/conditioner would you recommend for someone with my hair type?

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  9. I use the hollywood pure olive oil and it makes my hair very soft

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  10. I'm starting to use hollywood pure olive oil.

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  11. I use the hollywood pure olive oil and it makes my hair very soft

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