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A Pre- Poo Treatment Tutorial for Natural Hair

By January 27th, 202114 Comments

Kadian of What Gets on My Tits writes:

Hi, Nikki!

I have found doing a pre-wash to be an essential way of: 1) severely reducing hygral fatigue (the swelling and shrinking of the hair follicle when it gets wet), which reduces the hair’s vulnerability; 2) keeping my hair from feeling stripped after shampooing; 3) reducing detangling time in the shower (and saving some water!); and 4) keeping my hair soft.

Fingercombing Dry Hair with Coconut Oil: A Pre-wash Treatment

We’ve discussed Pre-Poos before. Do any of you use oils to kick off the detangling process?


  • Anonymous says:

    I use a mixture of honey and EVOO
    1 cup of honey of 1/2 cup of evoo stored in air tight container

  • Anonymous says:

    Ladies…..thank you for all the great information. I just purchased the Dabur Vatika Oil. Hopefully this helps with my hair washing regimen.

  • whatgetsonmytits says:

    Hey ladies! I'm glad to read that people are using a combination of oils (whichever ones work best for you!) to pre-poo.

    @Anonymous–you can find pure coconut oil at healthfood stores (or a Wholefoods/Holland & Barrett)) usually or there are plenty of vendors on Ebay and Amazon. Hope that helps.

  • Anonymous says:

    where can i find coconut oil? im going natural again. (this is my 2nd time—1st time i was natural for 5 yrs but didnt know what to do with it)

  • Anonymous says:

    I recently started pre-pooing with a mix of mostly melted shea butter, coconut oil and teeny bit of castor oil. I detangle and section with it, then cowash. It has helped detangling my dry, fine coils tremendously. When my hair gets longer, I'm gonna try the cowashing & rinsing while sectioned/braided thing. Its beginning to take FOREVER to cowash one section at a time, but doing so has helped me retain lenghth and avoid messy tangles. Peace ladies 🙂

  • Alysia Hutton says:

    Thanks so much for the video. I am new to the CN and am really soaking up all the information you ladies share. Thanks for the tip. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    i prepoo with castor oil and coconut oil every single time i shampoo or cowash my hair. it is very good for the hair.

    when i water-wash my hair, i do not prepoo – details on the waterwashing is on my blog.

    thanks so much for sharing this

  • JazBNatural says:

    What Gets on My Tits helped me out with this a while ago on the forum and I really see a difference when I do it and don't do it. I use jojoba oil instead of coconut oil (i dont like the smell of coconut oil) and it works great.

  • Coilybella says:

    Yes pre oiling with coconut oil is a staple for me. It does prevent hygral fatigue indeed


  • Anonymous says:

    Pre oiling is the best thing I've done for my hair. I first thought it didn't make any sense to oil BEFORE shampooing as it seemed like the oil would just wash away OR the shampoo would not be able to get to the actual hair to cleanse it. WRONG – first, I don't use shampoo, I only wash with conditioner (that is the second best thing I've done for my hair), and the added oil makes my hair even more slippery and the oil seems to help the grim and dust rinse out easier. Secondly, after finishing with the cleansing part my hair is INCREDIBLY soft and shiny. Of course, I oil my hair yet again while it is wet, and I mean oil every dang strand. I always say this when I find a new something to do to my hair and it works but oiling is a real game changer for me.

    Oh, BTW, I use Vatika Oil which is predominatly coconut oil but also has a bunch more good stuff like lemon oil which drastically reduces the frizz. Second best oil for me is Wild Growth Hair Oil which contains the big three – coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil – I use both the white and yellow bottles – only downside is it stinks (kinda) and Vatika makes your hair smell really good.

  • Tiffany says:

    Thanks for the heads up, will do tonight when I wash.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  • Anonymous says:

    i mix coconut oil in with my burt's bees avocado pre-poo stuff. so far so good. i'm pretty sure i learned abt that from a fellow curlynikki reader. thanks whoever you are!

  • socialitedreams says:

    its made my hair sooooo much more soft and easy to detangle, LOVE it! coconut oil and olive oil detangling for the win


  • Co Co pelli says:

    Yep. I use coconut oil as well.

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