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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Hair Tips | The Difference Between Pre Poo Treatments and Hot Oil Treatments

Hair Tips | The Difference Between 
Pre Poo Treatments and Hot Oil Treatments
Pre poo treatments and hot oil treatments are the first step to a successful Wash Day. Even though they are both the first steps (before shampoo/cleansing), they are not the same. Let's discuss this:

Pre Poo Treatment 
This is done before shampooing. You can use an oil, conditioner, or natural ingredient (yogurt, avocado, coconut milk, etc). You add the mixture to your hair for detangling as well as soften the hair. You allow this mixture to sit in your hair for about an hour before washing.

Products To Use:
Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner 
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner 
Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Soy Milk Pre-Poo
Giovanni Direct Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner


  • Moisturizes and detangles hair easily
  • Hair is soft and full of slip


  • Use ALOT of product - run out of conditioner quickly
  • May still need to deep condition
  • Product buildup

Hot Oil Treatment 
This is also done before shampooing. It is great to help keep the hair soft, promote shine, and to keep the hair detangled with ease. You add the warm oil to your scalp to massage for at least 10 minutes, then allow the oil to sit in the hair overnight. These treatments are also great for those who use shampoos (especially with sulfate) so your hair won't be too stripped.

Products To Use:
Coconut oil: absorbs into the hair shaft, softens hair, and conditions scalp
Olive oil: high in vitamins A and E for anti-aging, protects and seals the hair, and ultra moisturizing 
Castor oil: promotes hair thickness, lubricates the hair shaft, and helps tame frizz
Avocado oil: stimulates new hair reproduction, promotes healthy scalp, and lessens scalp 

  • Strengthens hair follicles and increases elasticity
  • Prevents frizz and drying of the hair
  • Great for many scalp issues, like dandruff
  • Restores moisture back to the hair
  • Promotes healthy, shiny hair
  • Awesome for length retention and increases blood circulation


  • Time consuming - from detangling to keeping in overnight
  • Excess oil can create oily hair
Hair Tips | The Difference Between
Pre Poo Treatments and Hot Oil Treatments

My Thoughts

I love hot oil treatments and pre poo treatments! I use both depending on what my hair needs at the moment.

Do you prefer pre poo treatments or hot oil treatments?

Natural hair says: if you are having trouble with your wash day because your hair feels so dry after shampooing and deep conditioning, try using a pre poo treatment or a hot oil treatment.

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

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