My pre-poo oil treatment made with olive oil and coconut oil is on my hair for the usual overnight soak in. Around noon tomorrow I’ll slap the Rhassoul clay and coconut creme treatment on, since I’m doing my 90-day no poo cleaning regime.
But as I sat here I began wondering … since so many natural chicks complain about dry hair, how many of you make pre-pooing a regular part of your wash day routine?
How to do a Pre-Poo Oil Treatment Before Shampooing
Regular use of the pre-poo oil treatment will help you see hair growth, and your hair will be stronger, shinier and more manageable. Though pre-pooing takes a bit of planning, the benefits to your hair are worth it.
Take down your hair from whatever style you had. Do not wet nor comb your hair before applying the oil pre-poo!! This is key to prevent damage to dry, fragile hair. You’ll be oiling your hair and scalp with coconut oil, olive oil, or a combination of the two.
After applying the oil, cover your head with a plastic cap and a sleeping cap before bed (to keep the shower cap in place).
According to one study and other evidence around the web, women report getting the best results when the oil is left on 12-14 hours, not just the typical 8 recommended for sleep. So you’d want to put your oil treatment on early in the evening, perhaps before dinner, if you want to wash it out in the morning shower.
Which Oils are Best to Use for a Pre-Poo Oil Treatment?
Coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil are reportedly the only oils with the molecular structure that can actually penetrate the hair shaft (there are others than can PARTIALLY penetrate the shaft however).
Additionally, the natural proteins in virgin coconut oil help strengthen hair. The fats in the pre-poo oil treatment will protect your hair from absorbing too much water. Your hair will be stronger, dry faster, experience less breakage, and be less dry after shampooing.
For medium length hair, start with about 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil. If you want to use a blend, use 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of olive or avocado oil. If you suffer from an itchy, flaky scalp, be sure to add 10-20 drops of Tea Tree oil to your oil, and make sure to cover your hair shaft, the ends of your hair, then massage well into your scalp. For longer or shorter hair, adjust the amount used in your pre-poo oil treatment accordingly.
For those that are concerned about arresting breakage and seeing length retention, a regular coconut oil pre-poo oil treatment will be a step in the right direction.
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