A prepoo is a pre-shampoo treatment that is done/applied to the hair prior to shampooing.
This can be done using (natural) oils, conditioner, a mixture of oils and conditioner or food items that are known to be beneficial to hair like honey, avocados, yogurt, or bananas. There are also store bought products that can be used for this purpose but more likely than not they contain fillers that are of no benefit to your hair.
Despite the obvious fact that any products applied during the pre-poo step are washed out by your shampoo, it is still important to do the prepoo step because it conditions the cuticle and gets it ready for the manipulation that is to follow. It also helps hair retain moisture better.
> The wash routine (shampooing, conditioning, styling) is very stressful on the hair, what with all the manipulation that goes into it!
> Also, some shampoos (those containing sulfates) are harsh meaning that they completely strip hair of all the natural oils and moisture leaving it rough to the touch and dry.
How i do a prepoo treatment
I like to use oils for my prepoo treatment once a week. I use a mixture of coconut oil and amla oil. These are my staple prepoo products though sometimes i use any other oils i have with me. There are times i apply eggs to my hair (protein treatment) prior to shampooing so i guess thats a prepoo too.
Eggs (protein treatment)
What i do is part my hair into 3-4 sections and then apply the product to each section.
Doing an oil prepoo back in 2011 when my hair was natural
Doing an oil prepoo 2 weeks ago on my (now) relaxed hair
After that, i cover my hair with a plastic bag (you can use a shower cap instead). This keeps the oil in your hair that way it doesn’t soak into your head scarf or pillow. It also keeps it from running down your neck. After that, i secure it with a scarf and leave it on overnight. Leaving it on for an extended period of time allows the oil to penetrate the hair shaft due to the body heat that is generated. The following morning, i proceed to the shampoo step. I use a sulfate-free shampoo.
‘Oliive’ Olive Oil Shampoo with Conditioner (Sulfate-free)
The result is soft, moisturized hair. My hair never feels stripped or oily after an oil prepoo.