2 weeks ago I decided to do a pre poo treatment on my daughter’s hair. I’d never done one before and decided that this year I was really going to go all out in caring for my daughter’s hair. My daughter’s hair when stretched is down the middle of her back and she experiences a lot of shrinkage so when I style her hair from wet, without any blowdrying or stretching it will sit on her collarbone. 4 years ago her hair was in a horrible state, breaking, dry and very brittle as I did not know how to look after her hair, but fast forward to today where I only blowdry her hair twice a year when she gets her twice yearly trims, deep condition it every week and only comb her hair on wash days when wet and saturated with conditioner, she now has a healthy head of hair which she is very proud to show off to anyone that compliments her about it. So this year I wanted to go the extra mile and really baby her hair by doing pre poo treatments, finger combing those tangles (which believe me takes a lot of time and patience especially when you have a very boisterous two year old running about the house, a business to run and a house to keep) deep conditioning and ensuring that her hair is always styled in a protective yet likeable style to keep a seven year old happy.
I always knew about the benefits of pre poo treatments but never bothered with them as I simply never had the time and just wanted ‘wash hair day’ to be over with as quickly as possible, but since starting 2014 reading Joyce Meyer Making good habits, breaking bad habits, my habit of excellence has not just improved my working habits but has spilled over to my personal, fitness, health and family life. And now I just want to do things in a proper manner no matter how long it takes.
A pre poo treatment can be done with a carrier oil or conditioner and applied to damp hair before you shampoo it.
The Benefits of a pre-poo treatment:
- protects the ends of your hair
- keeps your hair moisturised while washing
- helps when detangling
- nourishes your scalp and roots
- Softens your hair
Most people suggest in just using a carrier oil like extra virgin olive oil or a conditioner. I think conditioners are too expensive to be using it for a pre poo treatment and I used more than one oil for this treatment.
My Pre-poo treatment recipe:
- 3 tablespoons of cold pressed coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of Castor Oil
Firstly I warmed the oils in a pot for a few seconds and let it cool down til it reached a warm temperature. (I don’t own a microwave but if you were to do this in a microwave then 10 seconds will be all you need) I wet Phoenix’s hair and then got a towel and wrapped it around her hair to collect the excess water. Do not rub the hair with the towel as this can cause breakage. I then applied the warm pre-poo treatment to Phoenix’s hair ensuring that I applied the oil from root to tip and massaged the oil into her scalp. I then wrapped her hair with cling film (you can use a plastic or shower cap) and left it on her hair for 30 minutes. You can also leave it on overnight. I then washed her hair with shampoo, deep conditioned it and styled as usual.
After you shampoo your hair you will notice the difference of how your hair feels. It will feel soft and moisturised. I couldn’t stop touching Phoenix’s hair.
Why did I choose those 3 oils?
Olive oil helps in softening your hair and making it more manageable. Due to the fatty acids that make up the olive oil, it coats your hair keeping it healthy and protected.
Coconut Oil helps in repairing damaged hair, and is also anti-fungal making it a natural preventative for dandruff.
Castor Oil helps to stimulate growth when massaged into the scalp.
Where Can I buy the ingredients?
- The cold pressed coconut oil you can buy directly from Naturalelle just click here
- The extra virgin olive oil can be bought from any supermarket in the oil aisle
- I bought my Castor oil from here
What oil or oils do you like to use for a pre-poo treatment?