In hair care it’s easy to think about the post wash only. Choosing the right shampoo for your hair, what kind of conditioner, what kind of leave-in. But do you pre-poo?  Sometimes people skip this key step that can help lock in moisture. Pre-pooing can be reconstructing for someone with natural curls. Depending on the combination of products you can reverse some of the effects of heat, environmental and weather extremes on your hair.  Pre-pooing leaves your hair and scalp feeling refreshed.  

You can use the pre-poo to detangle your hair also. Detangling this way means that you don’t lose excess hair during your wash and it’s easier to manage. A good pre-poo makes sure your hair isn’t ‘too clean’. Normally pre-poos are oil based and this helps seal in natural oils that your hair needs. It ensures that shampoo and conditioner don’t strip your hair of necessary oil.  

Consistently pre-pooing also helps you ease up on your favorite conditioner to really make it last. We all have a habit of using excess conditioner no matter how many labels advise using only ‘’a dime size amount’’. When you add a pre-poo into your routine you notice that your hair is already softer and shinier post shampoo and you can use less conditioner.  

As powerful as a pre-poo is, it's easy to make. To put it simply, a pre-poo is just a mix of oils, butters, creams, or fruit. In most cases you use equal parts of all the ingredients but keep in mind you want the consistency to spread evenly throughout your hair. We have a list below of possible pre-poo mixes for you to try. You’ll see that a few of the recipes include more than one of the bases.  

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Shea Butter 

Melted down shea butter with plain yogurt and 1 tbsp of honey.  

Coconut Oil 

Equal parts coconut oil and Jamaican black castor oil. This mix is not only good for moisture but hair strengthening and growth as well.  

Mango Butter 

Melted down mango butter makes an amazing hot oil treatment and it smells amazing. It’s full of fatty oil that you can use for your hair and skin.  

Banana Mask 

This is a good thing to do after processing your hair. Bananas are full of potassium which softens the hair. Mix banana, coconut milk, honey, and a splash of conditioner.  

Egg Mask 

An egg mask restores protein to your hair. Combine egg whites, a spoonful of mayonnaise, a tablespoon of olive oil and another of honey.  


You’ll definitely want to use a blender if you go with the Avocado mask. Add a splash of coconut milk, olive oil and raw honey. 

Olive Oil  

This is a good pre-poo if you find your hair losing moisture quickly or lacking a healthy sheen. Warm olive oil and honey for a deep penetrating treatment. 

Aloe Vera Gel 

No need for a mix here. You can cut open pieces of an Aloe plant and rub the pieces through your hair root to tip. Here’s an article about other ways this super-plant can enhance your beauty routines. 

Apple Cider Vinegar.  

Apple Cider Vinegar, honey, olive oil and a few drops of peppermint oil. If you have dry flaky scalp an ACV pre-poo is perfect for you. It helps restore the pH level in your scalp so you’re less likely to dry out and get dandruff.  


Once you’ve decided on the best mix for you the application is simple.  

  1. Section your hair into four and apply your favorite pre-poo. 

  1. Cover hair with plastic cap and let pre-poo sit for at least 15-30 minutes (you can even leave it overnight!) 

  1. Rinse thoroughly. 

  1. Proceed with your usual wash routine.