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Pre-poo Relaxed Hair w/ The Best Products & 4C Best Results

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If you wanna pre-poo relaxed hair, don’t waste your time with incorrect technique or ineffective products that don’t make your pre-shampoo treatment worth the time and effort.

I’ll show you one of the best pre-poo luxury conditioners you’ll find on the market, and as a bonus it’s made by a Black business. You get some quick and easy homemade DIY recipes if you’re into that and we’ll talk about the benefits and proper technique too!

The term pre-poo is an abbreviation of pre-shampoo. A pre-poo is the process of treating hair with an oil, a conditioner or a mix of both(such as a creamy oil-based conditioner) in preparation of shampooing the hair.

The purpose of the pre-poo relaxed hair process is to protect and strengthen relaxed (and natural) hair by buffering the stripping/harsh effects of the shampooing process.

You can use natural oil matrixes or premium conditioners as a pre-poo.

If you’re the DIY type, a homemade conditioning cocktail can be made by mixing together favorite natural oils, conditioners, shea butter and other ingredients found in the kitchen like honey, yogurt, coconut milk and ripe avocado.

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Benefits of Pre-pooing Relaxed Hair & 4C Kinky-Curly

You should pre-poo relaxed hair to reap the amazing results that it gives your hair health and growth regimen.

And not only for relaxed hair, but for natural kinky 4C hair a pre-poo helps with detangling before cleansing/shampooing.

When you pre-poo relaxed hair it softens dirt and product build up residue on relaxed and 4C hair helping your cleanser wash away the gunk easier during cleansing phase of wash day.

A pre-shampoo treatment for relaxed hair helps prevent excessive shedding hair and eliminates that extreme squeaky clean feeling by preventing shampoos from stripping hair of all its natural oils and moisture.

Benefits of pre-pooing chemically-permed hair include: 

  • Protecting hair from the harsh shampooing process.
  • Restores moisture and shine and it makes the detangling process easier.
  • Improves manageability by softening the hair.

Pre-poo For 4C Hair Technique And Best Products

Typically, you should pre-poo for 4C hair each time you shampoo. It really doesn't matter if you are simply co-washing or using a true shampoo cleanser.

Typically the only time you may pass on a pre-poo is when you’re doing a very quick wash, maybe after a gym session or something. Here is one of the best pre-poo for 4C hair products that you can use on both natural and relaxed 4C tresses. I’m talking about the Rosemary & Orange 4-in-1 creme.

This is truly a luxury hand-crafted pre-poo that infuses your hair with growth-promoting nutrients. It can help to repair damage done to perm relaxed hair and a MAJOR PLUS to this boutique-worthy Black hair product is that it is very versatile and can be used in many ways! Such as:

  • Use as a conditioner to prevent breakage & promote strong healthy 4C hair.
  • To treat damaged hair and follicles use it as a deep conditioner.
  • To treat dandruff and eczema on the scalp apply it directly to the scalp.
  • To use as a detangler apply on the hair while dry or while wet or use as a pre-poo.

If desired, you can leave this relaxed hair pre-poo conditioner on overnight, but most women pre-poo for an hour or so. It would also help if you sit under a hooded dryer or use a Hot Head Microwavable Deep Conditioning Cap to get the most from the pre-poo. 

Pre-Shampoo Treatment For Shedding Hair After Perm Relaxer

NIIK Products Rosemary & Orange 4-in-1 hair health conditioner treatment was developed specifically to stop hair breakage on Black hair, both natural and relaxed.

The Rosemary & Orange 4-in-1 deep conditioner is used to pre-poo relaxed hair because it is made with a mixture of tropical and exotic oils and herbal powders that help prevent breakage and hair damage. It works for transitioning natural hair, chemically processed hair, and hair that is damaged.

And, while this is a deeply healing pre-shampoo treatment for shedding hair after a perm relaxer, it’s also a treat for natural hair curly girls who developed matted hair due to not knowing what to do with their 4C hair. This ultra-conditioning formula helps detangle 4C hair as soon as you apply it.

This oil-based conditioner is truly one of a kind.

DIY Homemade Pre-Poo Recipes for Relaxed Hair

I think you’ll like that you can pre-poo relaxed hair as well as naturally kinky coily 4C with these easy-to-make homemade pre-poo conditioner recipes, I won’t even pretend that they are as effective as NIIK Products Rosemary & Orange 4-in-1 hair health conditioner treatment.

But these are good in a pinch when you don’t have a premium pre-shampoo treatment for shedding hair ready-to-use...

1. Coconut milk, Coconut oil & Honey Pre-Poo Relaxed Hair Recipe

This relaxed hair pre-poo treatment is made by mixing 6 tablespoons of Coconut milk, 3 tablespoons of Coconut Oil and 2 tablespoons of honey.

This nourishing mixture works well in hydrating and defining relaxed hair as well as natural 4C kinks and curls. You can also pre-poo with coconut oil overnight.

2. Avocado & Egg Mix Pre-Poo for Relaxed Hair Recipe

A pre-poo avocado mask can be made by mixing it with an egg yolk. Blend a ripened avocado then mix it with an egg yolk. Apply the resulting mix to your relaxed hair then allow it to sit. This mask should be washed off using cold water.

This mask helps in softening and nourishes hair hence increasing hair growth rate. This shouldn’t be used if you want a pre-poo without protein.

3. Avocado & Banana Pre-Poo for Relaxed Hair Recipe

This is a basic treatment recipe that anyone can master. It is 1 part ripe avocado blended with 1 part banana.

The creamy relaxed hair pre-poo mixture is then applied to hair and allowed to sit for 30-60 minutes.

Heat the mixture for maximum benefits or wear a microwavable heat cap. Banana provides essential oils and adds radiance.

4. Coconut Oil and Honey Pre-Poo for Relaxed Hair Recipe

To prepare this relaxed hair pre-poo treatment, you mix ¼ cup of honey with 3 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil then applied to your hair. Women pre-poo relaxed relaxed hair with this treat to remedy for dryness.

If you don’t like coconut oil to pre-poo relaxed hair you can replace the coconut oil in this pre-poo with Jamaican black castor oil on 4C hair.

5. Onion & Honey Treatment Pre-Poo for Relaxed Hair Recipe

Prepare onion juice then apply it on your hair and let it sit. This pre-poo recipe could also be made by mixing a quarter cup of the onion juice extract with a tablespoon of honey.

Another alternative way of making this treatment is by mixing onion juice extract together with garlic and an oil and applying it on your hair.  Allow it to sit for 30 minutes then proceed to shampooing.

6. Olive Oil Pre-Poo for Relaxed Hair Recipe

Olive oil can be used alone as a pre-poo for relaxed hair or mixed with other ingredients. When preparing olive oil pre-poo masks you can mix it with honey in the ratio 1:2.

Just heat the mixture then apply it to your hair and leave it for at least 1 hour, shampoo after that. The two work recipe ingredients work well together in boosting the moisture content of relaxed hair and its plasticity. [RELATED ARTICLE: How to Grow 4C Hair to Waist Length

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NIIK Products Pre-Poo for Low to High Porosity Hair

One of the main benefits of this ready-made pre poo for relaxed hair is that it works well on low porosity hair as well as high porosity hair. Mainly because it’s an all-natural product. 

It makes a wonderful 4C hair treatment to stop hair shedding and promote faster hair growth, and they are now available in new lightweight packaging to help you save your dollars on shipping.

[RELATED ARTICLE: What to do after deep conditioning natural hair]

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Melissa Lee is a Contributing Editor to NHP and a former owner of the BlackhairOMG website. She formed 4C Trichology Growth Services, LLC., a US based hair care consultation service. She has also contributed as a writer and consultant for various hair and beauty websites. Melissa can be followed on Twitter here.

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