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When I first started my natural hair care regimen I was all about the excessive care… or so I thought. My wash day would seem endless and sometimes would take more than an actual day. So I stopped pre-pooing, stopped doing DIY masks or treatments, and stopped deep conditioning overnight. In making this changes my natural hair revolted. I was so used to having my natural hair thrive that I took it for granted and started taking easy shortcuts that cost me money and length.


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So I decided (probably about a week ago) that I would go back to some of my initial natural hair care methods from the beginning of my natural hair journey. What does that mean? It means that I would start pre-pooing again, adding heat to my deep conditioning sessions, and using more DIY products in my hair. Also actually listening to my hair and what ingredients it likes/ doesn’t like. I learned about a year ago that my hair doesn’t love coconut oil as much as I’d wish it did. It always saddens a naturalista when she has to abandon coconut oil, but sometimes it really is for the best. Besides limiting my products with coconut oil in them (not eliminating just limiting) I will also try my best to use quality products (while still sticking to a budget) that have less sciencey ingredients and more ingredients I can recognize and pronounce.

Best PrePoo Recipe For Natural Hair Ever

I was watching Youtube videos… you know … instead of doing actual work and getting things done as per usual. And I ran into one of Naptural85’s videos where she titled it “Best Pre-Poo Routine For Natural Hair”. I wasn’t sure if I’d really believe this was the “best” because I had my pre-poo mix down to a science back in my hay day! But I watched (the whole 12 minutes of it) and figured I’d give it a try… BEST decision ever!

After my haircut last week my stylist told me that my hair is extremely dry, and this wasn’t the first time I heard it. I needed to find a way to add moisture and keep moisture sealed into my hair… and this pre-poo helped me do just that. So I’ll stop explaining and get right into the nitty gritty… here’s what you’ll need:


Aloe Vera Gel

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Castor Oil

Sweet Almond Oil

You first rub the aloe vera gel on your scalp and top half of your hair shaft (make sure you split your hair into four sections to make it easier for detangling and application as well) Then you simply add your oil mix onto the strands and pay close attention to the ends of course! Naptural recommends sleeping with the pre-poo mix over night for maximum moisture. I did sleep with this over night and I woke up with my hair feeling more amazing then I’ve ever felt it before. However last night after about half an hour I could see and feel the difference in my strands, so I don’t know if I’ll sleep in it moving forward we’ll just have to see what my weekends look like.

You can choose to use any oil that you like. I went to Naptural85 route for this first go around. Instead of Sweet Almond Oil I used the Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil (left my scalp so tingly when it mixed with the Aloe Vera Gel… amazing!). You can get a discount on this oil by using code: TRESSES at checkout!

best prepoo recipe for natural hair

best prepoo recipe for natural hair

What is your go to pre-poo recipe? Share with us below in the comment box! You can also follow our dedicated Natural Hair board on Pinterest for more natural hair tips, tricks and DIY!


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3 Responses to Best PrePoo Recipe For Natural Hair Ever

  1. Great info! Thks for sharing!

    Question…. so after pre-poo regime do you use a clarifying shampoo as your 1st shampoo prior to reg shampoo service for a silkpress style?