Should You Pre Poo Using a Conditioner or Oil?

Wash day is simultaneously the bane of my existence and the joy of my heart. I know that it's for the greater good, but the lazy-I-just-want-to-relax-on-the-weekends part of me dreads it. Jumping in and out of the shower, underneath the steamer, detangling, styling, it really does go on forever sometimes.

When I close my eyes and envision the perfect wash day it looks really good...in theory. But in practice thinking about all the steps it involves, it almost makes me want to skip it all together. Then I have to do another envisioning exercise. This time I imagine my ideal, healthy, bouncy hair and that's enough to make me drag my butt up and to the bathroom every week and pamper my hair.

So, when I first started reading up on pre-shampoo treatments (pre-poo for short) I knew it would be yet another love-hate addition to the mix.


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About Ashleigh Nelson


I am Ashleigh Nelson a journalism student at Northwestern University and a part-time hair fanatic. My hair journey began at the beginning of my college career because I decided that it was time for me to finally learn how to gain and maintain healthy hair. The past two years have had ups and downs, but I have learned so much along the way. And now I am here to share my experiences and knowledge with everyone!

About Ashleigh Nelson


I am Ashleigh Nelson a journalism student at Northwestern University and a part-time hair fanatic. My hair journey began at the beginning of my college career because I decided that it was time for me to finally learn how to gain and maintain healthy hair. The past two years have had ups and downs, but I have learned so much along the way. And now I am here to share my experiences and knowledge with everyone!

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Victoria Kennedy

Both

Candace M. Chambers

I use both 🙂 Im 4b c low porosity hair

Sapphira Hayward

Both at same time works great!

Aneysa Jones

I do both

Chrysse Lennon

Both

Maybell Lena Killion

Combination of the two is nice!

i've screwed up big time
i've screwed up big time

I have a big problem with my hair that i need help with. I am not sure what to do about it. Years ago i had hair put into my head and the glue got on my scalp in the middle of my head. A little hair loss was seen but shortly after i got pregnant and my hair came back, short but it was growing and it seemed to be going back to normal. Years later and i thought my hair was coming out again due to my son that likes to pull out my hair at night when sleeping. We have stopped the hair pulling but my hair is still missing in the middle of my head, i’m a little worried its the glue. But i also think that it could be dry damaged hair. I have been looking up ways to fix this problem pre-pooing, co-wash, hot oil treatments, protein treatments. But at the end of the day my hair feels brittle and its worrying me that i might loose all my hair. What do I do? please help if you know the answers.

Zulma
Zulma

If your hair is dry, it needs more moisture. That’s water. You have to ensure that you’re not using too much protein and not enough moisture. I mist my hair and scalp with distilled water. I have a bit of peppermint oil in it because it’s stimulates, and it smells good. The water prevents dryness. I apply a bit of oil to my scalp (Jojoba is most like our natural sebum) to prevent the moisture from escaping……. If your hair is damaged, begin dusting (slightly trimming) the ends so it can grow back healthy.

Connie Hale

I alternate between the two.

Yolanda
Yolanda

Neither…anymore. I realized I was adding an extra step for no reason. The shampoo(s) I use is(are) all natural and cleanse without stripping. Even the shampoo I use specifically to remove product buildup does not dry out my hair. At one point I noticed my hair wasn’t getting clean when I did pre-poo especially with oil. My hair does not respond well if I do not get rid of product buildup…and I do not use a lot of products and they are always natural, I just think it’s the nature of my hair…it easily gets weighed down with products. Sometimes i will use a detangler and detangle before shampoo if my hair needs it but that is it. I truly think it makes sense to deep condition after shampoo (or cleansing I should say) so the conditioner can work the way it is intended, at an optimal level. I am no longer adding unnecessary steps and I am saving tons of time on wash day as a result.