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Pre-poo means pre-shampoo. The purpose of the pre-poo process is to protect and strengthen hair from the stripping effects of shampooing, coloring, and chemical treatments. A good pre-poo routine can be beneficial to dry, damaged hair and help to repair heat exposure.


Depending on your hair texture or length, conditioning might not be enough to restore the moisture lost from your hair. This is why pre-pooing is so important. Pre-pooing before shampooing makes it easier to detangle hair, add extra moisture to the hair, and prevent breakage.

How to Pre-Poo?

Pre-poo is an oil/conditioner or a mixer of both treatments applied to the hair before shampoo and conditioner. Pre-pooing treatment can be a little messy, make sure you have some paper towels ready to use if needed.

  • Divide hair into sections (4), or however many you like
  • Spray hair with water. In my case, I use aloe vera juice in a spray bottle
  • Coat each section of damped hair with coconut oil from root to end
  • Carefully detangle each section with a wide-tooth comb
  • Wrap hair with a plastic bag and a hair cap
  • Soak it in for 30 minutes or longer
  • Wash, condition, and rinse thoroughly (as normal)
  • Style like you normally do

A woman showing of products in her hair. 

After soaking the hair for thirty minutes, it is now ready to wash.


The pre-pooing treatment provides your hair with a protective layer, it may not be needed every wash day, but healthy hair starts with a good hair routine.


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  1. Thank you!
    I just did the big chop Labor Day and I’ve grown about 3” since.
    I do have 4C hair and my hair tend to get really dry after washing.
    I’m gonna try this routine.

    • Thank you for reading! I have the aloe vera juice and other products that I use linked at the bottom of the article. The avocado oil has a great price right now.

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