PRE-POO: What is it and how to do it

What is it and how to do it

Pay close attention, this must be the secret that people with amazing hair follow religiously: pre-poo. We have all learned that shampooing can cause some damage to the hair – especially if you are still using the ones containing sulfates. The cleansing effect that shampoo brings, also comes with some sort of harm, especially because just the water itself is already “stealing” some protein from our hair.

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To minimize these effects there is a very simple and effective technique that gives nutrition to the hair, helping the proteins to stay inside of the strands. It might be also very helpful in controlling frizz and volume, and decreasing the amount of “greasy” oil for the oily kind of hair. There are indeed many ways of doing a good pre-poo, but what we want to teach you today is this very natural and easy way. The product? Vegetable Oil! – believe it if you can!


The oil works in this process as a conditioning step, before the shampooing, but it does not discard the use of conditioners or hair masks after the shampoo. It is true that all products applied to the hair will be washed out after the shampoo is rinsed, so it might be hard to get the point of doing this. What I can say is, you might want to protect your hair and prepare it for the sometimes “aggressive” effects of shampooing, right?

The process is as simple as it sounds. You just have to be sure that you are not using any vegetable oil, since some of them do not penetrate the hair strands, due to its fatty acid polyunsaturated structure – for example, grape seed oil.


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Apply the oil – any of the ones listed below – just before showering. Some people even apply it the day before the shampooing stage and it’s totally fine.


  • Avocado Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Argan Oil


All the vegetable oils listed above are also recommended for the Nurture step in the Hair Routine. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, you HAVE TO! It’s life-changing.

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*Just in case you are wondering, the name was given for the simple reason of abbreviation: pre-shampoo = pre-poo.