Everything you need to know about Pre-poo

After having a lengthy discussion about  wash day  …. It is almost impossible to go on without first having the Pre-poo conversation. Of late pre-pooing has come under harsh criticism by a couple of naturals because they argue that it doesn’t make sense now that we have gentler shampoos. I still pre-poo my hair though and In this post we delve into the nitty-gritty of pre-pooing.

Pre-pooing has many benefits…

  • It ensure that your hair keeps in moisture by reducing the amount of stripping a shampoo does to your hair.
  • It nourishes your hair especially when you use natural cold pressed oils
  • Makes the detangling process much easier by softening your hair
  • Prevents your hair cuticle from swelling by absorbing too much water by buffing up the hydrophobic exterior of you hair.

As I said earlier, Pre-poo is a fusion of “words”. Pre is a prefix meaning before and poo is short for shampoo. Thus it is a hair treatment applied before shampooing to prevent the hair from being over stripped by the cleansing action of shampoo. It initially began when there weren’t many natural friendly products and shampoo were really stripping. So the natural hair community began to apply oils on their hair before washing it.


I like to call my Pre-poo treatment my type of hot oil treatment so we will talk about it as a hot oil treatment.
•When your hair is feeling dry.
Dryness of your hair is an indication that you are lacking moisture and that you may need to nourish your hair.

•Before washing your hair
If you want to have your hair feeling moisturized after your wash, pre-pooing is a good step to consider because it will prevent your hair from over drying.

•Before clarifying your hair
Clarifying is when you wash your hair with the aim of getting it squeaky clean to get rid of excess product build up. Pre-pooing is necessary because a clarifying shampoo is super harsh on your hair.


Oils are best to use when you want to Pre-poo. Not only are they natural but they are loaded with nutrients that enrich the hair follicles. There are three oils in particular that are extremely awesome in pre-pooing especially because they double up as super oils for the moisturizing hot oil treatments.

•Avocado oil
•Olive oil
•Coconut oil

These three oils are able to penetrate the hair strands making them have an ability to moisturize and nourish the hair strand


•Section your dry hair into four (or small sections)
•Spritz your hair with water /your spray bottle mix
•Smooth the water into your strands using the praying hands method
•Spray water to dampness and not soaking wet.. So that the treatment can be effective
•Slightly warm the oil in a warm water bath for a few minutes then apply oil to your hair and scalp
•Repeat the steps on the rest of your hair
•Cover with a plastic cap and let it sit for about an hour or overnight.

You can now proceed to wash day. I shared with you everything you need to know about wash day right here. Also I shared on how to trim here. 

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3 thoughts on “Everything you need to know about Pre-poo

  1. If you are going to clarify your hair, wouldn’t it make more sent to clarify it first with clarifying shampoo, then pre-poo with hot oil treatment and then simply rinse the hair with water after the oil treatment?


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