Pre-Poo Oil Treatment

Happy New Year Everyone!

The other day, I was skimming through a book a friend gifted me many years ago. The book is about all natural Indian beauty secrets. It also includes a section on healing from the inside, which I appreciate, as all beauty starts from within. The hair section discusses cures for dry hair. Some of the suggestions to combat this problem include: shampooing on an as needed basis, gentle brushing and combing, using creamy conditioners, reducing exposure to strong winds and sun, and overnight coconut oil treatments.

Honestly, nothing new here, but it helps to read about it and have it reiterated. As a lo-po natural, I obviously can’t go without an occasional shampoo. However, I typically cleanse with rhassoul clay, only using commercial shampoos every other month if I notice any product build-up. I’ve never prepped my hair with an oil treatment before cleansing. So I’m giving it a go for the first time today. Ideally, the book suggests doing this overnight. However, I can’t work this into my schedule. So here’s my approach to pre-poo oil treatments:

  1. Divide hair into four sections and generously apply coconut oil to both scalp and hair, concentrating on the ends. You could treat yourself to a nice scalp massage at this point.
  2. Cover hair in a plastic cap, wet a small towel with very hot water and carefully squeez out the excess water. *Place the damp, hot towel over the plastic cap, place a plastic bag (the kind you get at the grocery store in the fresh produce section) over the towel and cover with a scarf or bonnet.
  3. Leave this in for as long as you like, but if you’re stressed for time like me, about 20-30 minutes should be fine.
  4. I’ll follow this treatment with rhassoul and condition my hair if necessary.

*Remember heat is the key for effective moisturizing for lo-po hair.

My due date is rapidly approaching and I’m due in a little less than two weeks, but could go at any moment, so my goal today is to get my hair into some kind of protective style and forget about it until after the birth. If you’re a long time follower, you might remember when I was pregnant with my son, I had a fear of going into labor mid-styling. Same thing this time around. So some simple elegant two strand twists might be the way to go again.

I’ll report back with pictures and results after styling (if I’m not in labor— I’m that uncomfortable at this point, I wouldn’t actually mind!).

Do you pre-poo? What kind of results have you noticed?




After washing with rhassoul clay, conditioning and applying my leave-in, grapeseed oil and gel, I twisted my hair. I then sat under the dryer for 15 and to let me leave-in absorb. My twists feel moisturized and soft and my hair is shiny and smooth. I think the pre-poo gave it more of a shine than my usual routine, but I’m not 100% sure, so I’ll have to give it a few more tries to test the results. In any case, I’m happy to have my hair twisted and out of the way for the next couple of weeks.


6 thoughts on “Pre-Poo Oil Treatment

  1. So great to find your blog! I went natural October 2011 at the age of 50! My hair is longer than it has ever been in my life and recently I figured out it is Lo-Po as well. I use clay but wondered what shampoos you use when you do use them? Co-wash? Thanks!

    • Hi! Congratulations to you and your thriving head of hair. Welcome to the blog. I use clay wash once a week to cleanse. If I feel I have heavy buildup I use a creamy shampoo. I don’t have the luxury of options you find in the USA, as I’m an expat living abroad. However, at the moment I use my 2 year old bottle of Cantu shampoo. I’ve had it 2 years and still have a half a bottle so that shows you how much I shampoo. 😃

      • We just recently moved back to the States from South America so I hear you! I used shampoo bars occasionally while I was there. Do you use the same clay recipe every week? Or do you leave out the acv and/or aloe sometimes?. I want to experiment with using clay every week but currently I use bentonite. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

      • Wow! South America, the warmer part of the hemisphere, jealous! I use the same recipe every time, I find it gives me the best results. Bentonite unfortunately didn’t work very well for my hair, but I use it for shaving and facials and I love it.

    • Thank you so much! Regular shampooing should be avoided. However, occasional (1x per month, 1x every other month) is not horrible and helps keep down buildup. But every head is different, some ppl can survive only cowashing alone.

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