Successful technique for doing a pre-poo on low porosity hair

I’ll preface this by saying: My hair was blown out and flat ironed when I did this treatment. While on vacation in the States, I decided to have my hair done by my hairdresser. I returned home a couple of weeks ago and life has been very busy. Alas, that flat ironed hair, lasted me 3 weeks– I know, I know, way too long without a wash, but I’ll admit, I did enjoy not bothering with my hair for such a long time– My hair was a bit dry and dirty, definitely in need of a cleanse. Since I’m always deep conditioning, I decided to pre-poo my hair, so I could skip stepping out of the shower, deep conditioning and going back into the shower to rinse.

My first pre-poo consisted of me applying oil to my hair and plopping on a plastic cap. I noticed a bit of sheen, but didn’t really notice a major different in my hair’s overall condition. This time, I decided to do a hot oil/ deep condition pre-poo.

  1. I combined different oils that all have beneficial properties: coconut (70%), jojoba (10%), cupuaca (10%) butter, argan oil (10%).
  2. I used about 1/4 cup of all combined. Placed the oil in my DIY pyrex dish double boiler and warmed them over medium heat.
  3. I added a sprig of rosemary to the oils, as it has healing properties, invigorates the scalp, promotes growth and smells just heavenly. Once warmed, I applied this to my hair from root to tip, paying special attention to my ends. I also applied a small amount to my scalp and massaged my head.
  4. I was generous with the amount applied to my ends and applied a light layer to the rest of my hair.
  5. Next, I put conditioner on the ends of my hair on top of the oil. Sat under a hooded dryer, with a plastic cap on my head, for about 30 minutes. I then proceeded to shampoo with a gentle sulfate-free cleanser and then condition.
  6. Finally, I moisturized with a leave-in and did my usual styling routine (i.e. twists and sat under the dryer to let the moisture seep in).

What I noticed:

  • my hair didn’t feel stripped when I shampooed it.
  • my hair melted into the conditioner and detangling was not difficult.
  • my hair was shiny after washing, but the next day when it was completely dry it was even shinier.
  • day three hair is still shiny and so soft. I need to keep my hands out of my head though, definite case of HIH (hands in hair) syndrome.
  • My twist out is not as defined as usual, but I’m okay with that. I’ll trade anything for health and shine.

Moral of the story, low porosity hair needs, heat for products to absorb.

*** hair pinned back for my job interview, but I’m still loving the sheen!***


9 thoughts on “Successful technique for doing a pre-poo on low porosity hair

  1. Okay! I see where I can make improvements in my hot oil treatments. I’d given up on them thinking this hot oil malarkey is just a waste of time. Will definitely be trying this ASAP. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi lovely,

    First time commenting on your blog. Have been following for a long time now. Happy to see you had such great results. My hair have been suffering for the past year as I have neglected my low po hair needs. This post as revived my zeal to relearn my hair and return to techniques that I used to do on my hair and most importantly that heat is my hair’s best friend to ensure proper obsorbtion of the products I am adding to it. I have taken a look at your current regimen and it inspired me to rethink my regimen as I have strayed so far from what I used to do in the beginning of my journey that worked well with my hair. Sometimes there is so much information and products that we get side tracked trying out new techniques and buying a lot of products when simplicity is best and that’s one of the reasons I love your blogs as your hair care routine is so simple and your hair shows that.
    Thank you for taking the time for making these posts. Do have a wonderful day and I look forward to your upcoming posts !

    • Thank you so much Shay! Comments like this are the reason I continue, albeit sporadically, with the blog. I hope my regimen can help you. You probably have to tweak it to make it work for your hair, but it’s a start. There is a lot of information out there in the natural hair world. However, this is also a great thing, because none of this was around a decade ago. The tricky part is just navigating through it all and finding what works best for your individual needs. Thanks again!

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