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My Favorite DIY Pre-poo Mixtures

What is pre-pooing

Is a hair treatment that happens before you cleanse or shampoo your hair. Hence the name pre-poo. The pre-poo can be a conditioner, oil mixture or combination of the two.


Two different recipes for DIY pre-pooing and some tips for using them. | arelaxedgal.com

Why I pre-poo

I started pre-pooing my hair after reading posts from several other bloggers who started doing and saw good results. I like pre-pooing because my hair doesn’t feel extremely dry after I shampoo, especially when I use a sulfate shampoo. Also, my hair tends to hold moisture better between shampoos.

I try to pre-poo once a week and most of the time I use some type of conditioner. Other times I want to get a little creative and mix some things up in my kitchen. When I do that I use one of two favorite mixes.


1. Natural oil pre-poo

  • 1 tablespoon of almond oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil
  • 5 drops of tea tree oil

Because this pre-poo mixture only uses oils, I’ll sometimes heat it up before applying so it doubles as a great hot oil treatment.


2. Honey pre-poo

I like to use this pre-poo when the weather gets cooler because honey is a humectant and draws moisture from the air helping to keep my hair moisturized. Because honey is sticky and can be messy I like to use a conditioner as a base and help with mixing the honey with any other ingredients I add. While I sometimes add multiple ingredients, this particular recipe is the more common one I use.
  • 5 generous squirts of a cheap rinse out conditioner (can use the rinse-out conditioner of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of sunflower oil


What are your favorite pre-poo mixes?


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