For you lovelies who have been with the blog for some years, you have seen me write about pre-poos before. I've even written about them for SheKnows -- I know I've been MIA for a while. This time around I am going to divulge some of my favorite pre-poo treatments. Not all of these are treatments you can buy at a store, so get ready for a recipe or two. This list is in no particular order.
I don't use protein packs often. When I do, they work best for me as a pre-poo. I am not partial to any specific brand or type of protein pack. I typically use whatever is on sale. You can find a protein pack anywhere between $2.00 and $4.00 easily at most stores that sell ethnic hair care. I use these maybe twice a year, typically between summer/fall and winter/spring.
Using protein packs as pre-poo is a good trick for those with low porosity hair, as protein packs can leave our hair feeling kind of hard or crunchy. Using the protein pack before washing allows hair to get the benefits of the pack without the buildup that leads to crunchy hair.
Khoret Amen Olive Oil Infusion from Carol's Daughter
I began using this years ago. I have fallen back on using this because I must admit, ever since Lisa sold the company, the products have not performed the same. The kit contains Khoret Amen hair oil, hair smoothie, and a shower cap. You apply the oil to the scalp and the smoothie to the hair. Put plastic cap on hair and leave on for 30 minutes.
The Khoret Amen Olive Oil Infusion is still one of the better pre-poo treatments you can buy to revive and protect curls. The formula is not as rich as it was when it first came out. Depending on how thick your hair, you may use more hair smoothie than hair oil. It costs $17.00 which isn't bad considering it used to cost $25.00.
Homemade Oil Pre-Poo
Sometimes I don't have time for or don't need to extra protection of the oil/conditioner combo as a pre-poo. During those times a good ole oil treatment will do. I make my oil hair and scalp oils for this.
- Olive oil 1/4 cup
- Castor Oil 1/4 cup
- Peppermint Essential Oil 5 drops
- Tea Tree Oil 5 drops
I massage the oil into my scalp to stimulate blood flow and as a pre-treat for dandruff control and itch.
- 2 Tbsps. Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsps. Argan Oil
- 2 Tbsps. Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsps. Avocado Oil
I section my hair. Rub the oil between my palms and smooth over hair and rake through with my fingers. I place a shower cap on my hair then wrap head in a hot towel so the oils can penetrate deep. Rinse with warm water and shampoo or co-wash.
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil
If you liked the combination of a hair and deep conditioner or hair mask as a pre-poo treatment but wanted more conditioner than eight-ounces, then this next combo will be a good fit for you. This combo is one of the reasons I don't rely on the Olive Oil infusion. Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow, and Restore Hair Serum used with the Treatment Masque from the same collection really does the trick for my hair. Combined they cost more than the CD kit -- $10.99 for the serum an $12.99 for the masque -- but you get more product. Plus, Shea Moisture frequently has BOGO-Free and BOGO 50%-Off sales making it easy to stock up.
I apply these products in the same manner as the Olive Oil Infusion. However, I leave it in overnight. Depending on if I am using sulfate-free shampoo or not I will rinse my hair first. If I am stuck with a sulfate shampoo then I wash it out while I shampoo.
Homemade Protein-Rich Pre-Poo
If I have the ingredients on hand, I prefer to make my own protein pre-poo. It is cheaper to use what have in stock sometimes. Plus, you know exactly what you are applying to your hair. Here is my recipe for a homemade protein-rich mask pre-poo treatment:
- single serve Greek yogurt; plain
- 1 egg yolk
- 4 Tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. argan oil
Mix together ingredients until you have a creamy consistency. Apply mask to hair from root to tip. Put on plastic cap and leave on for an hour. Rinse mask from hair and follow with a protein-free, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.
These pre-poo treatments are what I use most often. I do use others when needed. If you haven't heard of my Crisco pre-poo then you may want to read up on that one.
What pre-poo treatments do you use?