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Technique Tuesdays – Pre-Wash Oil Treatment (Repost)

Pre-Wash Oil Treatment

Shampoo, which is a cleansing agent used on
hair, can be too harsh for Black hair.  It can strip the natural oils
necessary to maintain healthy hair.  Nonetheless our hair does need this
cleansing agent to cleanse away pollution, dirt, hair products.  Sounds
like a losing battle but we’ve got a simple solution to get your hair
clean AND keep those natural oils in our hair.

Pre-wash oil treatments are pretty much deep oil treatments prior to washing
your hair with shampoo that keep the shampoo from stripping all the
necessary oils from your hair. 

Suggested Oils:

oils are high in saturated fat and will penetrate the hair shaft.  You
want to COMPLETELY saturate the hair with your oil of choice and just
make sure all strands of your hair is covered.  You may find dividing
your hair into sections and applying the oil a good way to ensure all
strands are covered.  Apply a plastic cap to keep the oil from dripping.

can keep the oil in for at last an hour or even longer.  Overnight is
also an option and over time you will find the proper duration for
keeping it in your hair.  Everyone’s hair is different and we each must
listen to our hair and know what it needs. 


you’ve decided to wash your hair detangling would be a good thing to do
if you tend to have long detangling sessions.  I wouldn’t get too deep
into it since detangling with conditioner is always best!  Wash and
condition as usual.  You should immediately notice a difference in the
softness in your hair as well as it’s durability.  That doesn’t mean you
can be rough with your hair!  This just aids in nurturing your tresses
and will help with growing your hair long since we must be kind to our
hair and give it what it needs to stay healthy. 

Remember, you can and should do this before every shampoo.  I’ll try and
be disciplined and do it at least twice a month.  Hey, I know me!  I
can get lazy sometimes.  I’m really late in the game since I’ve just
started doing this so I’ll come back and discuss my long-term
effects.  Catch you next week with another technique for my Naturals.

Take care Naturals,


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  1. Anonymous
    February 26, 2013 / 2:24 pm

    Does this help with curl definition?

    • February 26, 2013 / 3:02 pm

      No, it will help with retaining natural oils in your hair after a shampoo.

    • Anonymous
      February 26, 2013 / 4:24 pm

      Thank you! Great post. Do you have any posts about curl definition and probably moisturizing too? I have a problem with dryness.

    • February 26, 2013 / 9:00 pm

      Curl definition may not be achieved. There are products, oils, or butters that can moisturize and I'm even doing the CGM which has helped with my hydration but curl definition is not attainable if you don't have curls.

  2. February 26, 2013 / 6:39 pm

    Very informative post!! Great stuff.

  3. Anonymous
    February 26, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    Thanks for this. I've been using olive oil. But when that bottle is finished, I am going to try avocado oil. Sonya Jones.

    • February 26, 2013 / 9:02 pm

      Hey love! I haven't tried avocado oil but am very curious about it. Let me know how it goes.

  4. February 26, 2013 / 10:08 pm

    I've done this on D's hair a few times.. I always love the results. I need to do a pre-poo oil treatment on her again

    • February 27, 2013 / 6:43 am

      I've been doing so well with the CGM that I haven't had to use it in a while. Thanks for sharing.

  5. February 27, 2013 / 12:26 am

    While I've heard this time and again about shampoo with sulfates stripping the hair and causing dry hair, I gotta say that when I was relaxed I used sulfate shampoos no problem. I don't use sulfate shampoo now but funny thing is I honestly don't think it matters so long as after you wash your hair, you put the moisture back and seal it

    • February 27, 2013 / 6:45 am

      Well, it depends on the person. I noticed a big difference when I went Natural and how the shampoo made my hair feel stripped. I always had to overcompensate with tons of conditioner so now I've eliminated it and I've been much happier. The bottom line is to each her own. Thanks for sharing.

  6. March 11, 2013 / 7:24 am

    First time seeing avocado oil was today in Costco

    • March 11, 2013 / 2:13 pm

      They are really bringing out all these oils that are getting much attention in the natural hair community.