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I’ve been slacking on my pre-pooing, and it’s beginning to show. Hence I need to start doing it faithfully. But what exactly is pre-pooing??

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What does it mean to pre-poo? It in essence is a pre-wash deep treatment, either overnight or for a an hour or more, under heat or without heat, on dry dirty hair. Prior to your shampoo/conditioner wash, you apply either a set of oils, or a conditioning blend (like light cheapie conditoner mixed with some oils and honey) to your hair, to allow it to loosen some and in the hopes of it becoming even softer when your whole wash/condition process is done.

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I mentioned that for my new regimen I want to really start taking advantage of pre-poos. So I will be mixing coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil together, warming it for 30 seconds and apply to my dry hair from root to tips. Let it sit for about an hour and marinate in my hair follicles.

Why pre-pooing is beneficial.

When you pre-poo you give dried, fried, “dead” hair a chance to revitalize it’s self. You allow the hair to get extra moisture. The castor oil will add a ton of neccessary moisture to dry hair, and after your first co-wash it will leave your hair still feeling moist.

It also adds strength to the hair by re-enforcing what’s needed..moisture. For curly, kinky, wavy hair types, it gives the hair that needed shine, and allow its to be supple.

A quick mix you could try:

  • 1 teaspoon castor oil
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • cheap conditioner (optional)
  • Warm the oils for about 10 seconds, then apply to the hair from root to tip. If using the conditioner, mix it in, then apply. Let sit for 1 hour covered under a cap. Rinse, co-wash/shampoo, condition/deep condition and style as necessary.

Try it out and see how you like it.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. what does co wash mean? i have long, very dry locs and this is the first i’d heard of “pre-pooing” hair, though it sounds like a good idea. by applying so much oil, i’m concerned that i might weaken the loc, as my hair get much softer when wet and i’m afraid of loosening the loc so much to the point of it falling out. is this method recommended for me?

    • Hey! Well co-washing means to wash the hair with conditioner instead of using shampoo. Also, pre-pooing maybe only once or twice a month will work for you. Because like you mentioned you don’t want to loosen the locs, but you also want to get the absolute benefit of all the moisture. So start out small, try it once a month see how your hair likes it. Then move up to two.
      Hope that helps.

  2. what does co wash mean? i have long, very dry locs and this is the first i’d heard of “pre-pooing” hair, though it sounds like a good idea. by applying so much oil, i’m concerned that i might weaken the loc, as my hair get much softer when wet and i’m afraid of loosening the loc so much to the point of it falling out. is this method recommended for me?

    • Hey! Well co-washing means to wash the hair with conditioner instead of using shampoo. Also, pre-pooing maybe only once or twice a month will work for you. Because like you mentioned you don’t want to loosen the locs, but you also want to get the absolute benefit of all the moisture. So start out small, try it once a month see how your hair likes it. Then move up to two.
      Hope that helps.

  3. We can pre-poo as often as every weekly wash. I've heard some people pre-poo twice weekly, and others just once per week. So far I try to do it once a week and it does help make washing the hair easier.

  4. I did a pre-poo overnight Saturday. I wet my hair then added the oils. I slept for about 8 hours with a bag on my head. I woke up and my hair was so soft and manageable. I decided to detangle before my wash, so I did. After detangling I put twist in and washed and conditioned with the twist in. This will be my new routine. It was super easy to detangle because of the amount of time the oil sat. It was great!

  5. Wow, I am doing this now to my daughters hair, only thing i mixed cholesterol with the oils and using a thermal heat cap for 15 minutes. Cant wait to see how it will turn out. I just removed her braids that she had since July 4, so i figured i need to do a well deserved deep/hot treatment. I am still figuring out what co wash is; might end up just doing a regular wash adn then condition.
    Thanks for your articles!!!

  6. i take back my comment that natural hair isn’t high maintenance. lol.

    anyway, trying to get these steps down correctly – creating a new routine:
    1)pre-poo; 2) detangle and put in twists or braids; 3) rinse and co-wash; 4) deep condition
    does this seem right?
    how often should one deep condition?

  7. Castor oil should NOT be used in the “pre poo” stage but instead during the deep condition stage.  Its real important to know what order to use products.  The use of castor oil at this stage will prevent the other ingrdients from working!

    • I’ve never had a problem using castor oil as a pre-poo. When I use castor oil a such (and it being a heavy oil), I am sure to wash my hair properly however since the castor oil is thick it will still leave it’s benefits to the hair and scalp. I have never seen my use of castor oil as a pre-poo causing any other product after it to be in effective. Do you have any articles on this? Share please.

    • Yes you are right, oils can be used after doing a deep conditioner and after the wash process. The oils mentioned in this post are used prior to washing and deep conditioning. They get washed out only because you wash the hair after doing this step. Its like an extra boost. So it would be pre-poo, wash, deep condition, then moisturize and seal with a little oil. Hope that helps.

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