Hair Care from the Kitchen: Crisco Pre-Poo Treatment

Crisco Pre-Poo

A few years ago I tested an anti-dandruff shampoo that contain effective, yet harsh ingredients. While my scalp was flake-free, my hair was not happy. My afro-textured curls were dry and lacked sheen. A beauty guru had to get creative. So I pulled out a jar, a few hair-friendly kitchen items along with a can of Crisco, and started mixing.

Crisco Pre-Poo Treatment
I needed to use that drying shampoo for a few more washes. My standard pre-poo was not providing adequate protection against the shampoo's drying effects. So, I decided to mix together a pre-poo containing Crisco to help counteract the drying effect the shampoo had on my hair.

I applied the mixture to my hair in small sections using the shingle method to really coat it. I covered it with a plastic cap and warm towel then left it in for an hour. Typically, with a pre-poo you rinse it from the hair before shampooing. This time I left it in and shampooed it out. I followed with my Carol's Daughter Tui Hair Smoothie and a cold water rinse to help close my hair cuticle.

Did the Crisco Pre-Poo Treatment Help My Hair?
Yes it did! I instantly felt a huge difference in my hair. Where the shampoo initially dried my hair out and made it very frizzy, my hair was now soft and manageable. My curls were back and I was happy once again.

Crisco Ultra-Moisturizing Pre-Poo Treatment
In case you were wondering, I did not just slap some Crisco on my hair and called it a day. However, some people do just use the Crisco by itself. For me, the Crisco needed a little beauty boost.
  • 4Tbsp of Crisco shortening
  • 2Tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1Tbsp of Mayonnaise
  • 1Tbsp of Honey
  • 2Tbsp VO5 Herbal Escapes Free Me Freesia Conditioner (for fragrance)
  • 1 - 8 to 16oz jar
  • Wooden spatula
  1. In the jar add, ingredients as listed.
  2. Start mixing with wooden spatula to blend.
  3. Stop mixing when you have a consistent, creamy texture with no or very little lumps.

I am no longer scared of Crisco. My hair is soft and manageable. Plus, I can now use the type of anti-dandruff shampoos that work well for my scalp without fear of my hair drying out. If your dandruff shampoo dries out your hair and no other treatment has worked for you, give this Crisco pre-poo a try. Hopefully, it will help your hair stay moisturized and manageable like it did mine.

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Main Image:  Crisco Pre-Poo by sj-pierce featuring a stainless steel mixing bowl

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