Pre Poo does not get enough discussion in the natural hair arena. I know most have heard about them, but how many of you have actually TRIED one? One of the best DIY hair tools is a treatment done on wash day and can change your wash day game forever. Let’s learn a bit about the beloved but not discussed enough, pre poo.
A pre poo is a treatment you apply to your hair prior to adding shampoo or conditioner. A treatment done before shampooing the hair, the pre poo adds moisture and assist in detangling. Some of the best pre poos are natural oils so it only makes sense to do a DIY hair pre poo than buying OTC. Let’s check out some of the best ones to use that will be cheaper than buying a pre made OTC one.
Olive Oil DIY Hair Pre Poo
Olive oil is excellent for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s a moisturizing oil and that means it will penetrate the hair shaft and not just sit on the hair. This heavy oil is a favorite because it has natural conditioning and hydrating properties and is especially helpful in repairing damage to dry, brittle hair. I use this as a pre poo and I add some to my deep conditioner to boost my treatment.
This pre poo recipe is pretty simple, add some olive oil to your hair and massage it through from the roots to the tips. Cover with a plastic cap (this can be messy) and drape a towel over your shoulders to keep the oil from messing up your clothes. You can add a warm towel or even turn this into a hot oil treatment by using a thermal cap like my favorite, Hot Head Deep Conditioning Heat Cap. You can wear it for as long as you like but one or two hours will get your hair primed and ready for washing. Simply remove the thermal cap and plastic cap and wash as normal.
Avocado Oil DIY Hair Treatment
Avocado oil is another excellent natural oil for a pre poo. Another moisturizing oil, I’ve used this one in my DC as well as a pre poo. Saturated fats, once thought to be dangerous, are actually good for your body and will help you to feel full longer. These same fats can also nourish and condition your hair. In addition to these healthy fats, avocado is also a powerhouse full of nutritional substances including vitamin C, E, K, folate, and magnesium just to name a few.
The fatty richness of avocado is good for healing, moisturizing, and protecting the hair as it contains most of the nutrients and vitamins that are produced in our sebum. Because of this fact, the oil is absorbed easily into the hair and scalp so that it seals in moisture and protects the hair from the elements. You can follow the directions from above on your pre poo with Avocado oil and enjoy a much easier detangling session on washday.
Banana Mask Pre Poo
Yes, a mask can be a pre poo treatment and we’ve got a wonderful one that will give your hair all the treatment it needs for washday. The Banana mask pre poo requires a blender, some oils and honey but your hair will thank you for it after.
First I blend the banana with a little bit of aloe juice. I make the juice myself and it has a few drops of tea tree oil. Then I add the honey, followed by the oils, and I mix it very well. I section my hair, I damp it with water or aloe juice and I apply the mix from root to tip – paying close attention to my ends. I’m constantly finger detangling. I twist each section up, I put on a plastic bag and then I use my heated deep conditioning cap. I would leave this on for about 30-45 minutes and then rinse it off with a lot of water. Then I cleanse and condition as usual. www.dominicancurly.com
Coconut Milk Pre Poo Mask
It’s no secret that coconut is the go-to ingredient of MOST natural hair products today, and with good reason. This fruit, nut and drupe is full of nutrients, healthy fatty acids and proteins that are beneficial for the health of your hair. The medium chain fatty acids that are found in coconut milk are able to penetrate into the hair shaft in order to moisturize the hair within the follicle. It has also been shown to promote hair growth, fight inflammation and reduce hair loss since it contains Vitamin E, and the protein that coconut milk contains also helps rebuild and strengthen the hair.
You just need a few ingredients for this amazing mask. Prior to washing, coat dry hair with a mixture of 6 tablespoons of coconut milk, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Massage in well. Cover with a plastic cap and leave in for 20-30 minutes before washing. This is another mask that your hair will love you for using.
The second most popular butter in the natural hair community is mango butter. Originated from southern Asia, mango butter is extracted from the kernels of the mango and contains very high levels of antioxidants and vitamins. Having very similar qualities and benefits as Shea, mango butter soothes, protects, and seals, in addition to conditioning.
Since mango butter contains higher levels of fatty acids, it aids in conditioning the hair more thoroughly than Shea. Its high levels of vitamins A and C have also been shown to accelerate cell reproduction, which will result in a healthier scalp and promote hair growth. This butter is THICK but great for a pre poo as a base. Simply mix some with some olive oil, honey and Shea butter and place in a blender. How much? I’m not finding the set amounts so I would add a little of each (even less of the honey) and play it by sight to see how it looks when blending. Blend well as you need the blender to get it to a working consistency to be applied to your hair. Work it into your strands from roots to tips and allow to sit in your hair for an hour. Rinse out well and wash hair as normal.
Castor Oil Pre Poo Mask
Just like Olive oil, castor oil being used as a diy hair mask is ideal because it is thick enough to coat and penetrate the hair. This will be helping to alleviate dryness, frizz, and provide protection against stripping properties of shampoo. This mask works like a hot oil treatment to nourish both the hair and scalp. For this easy to do treatment, you’ll need a shower cap and the following oils: 2 tbsp. Castor oil, 2 tbsp. Mustard Seed oil and 2 tbsp. olive oil.
Simply mix the oils together in a glass bowl or bottle and apply the mixture to the hair. Pay close attention to the ends and damaged areas if you have any. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and allow it to sit for 30 minutes to an hour. You can increase the absorption by adding heat with a warm towel or a thermal cap. Rinse the oil from the air with lukewarm water and wash hair as usual.
Do you DIY hair pre poo?