In this blog, I’m going to talk about the difference between a pre-poo oil treatment versus hot oil treatment, plus its benefits. Pre-shampoo treatments are hair treatments applied before the shampoo stage. These treatments are OPTIONAL moisture or softness boosters (depending on the medium used) And help dry hair regain its suppleness and elasticity.
For those who use harsher shampoos, pre-shampoo treatments help the hair preserve some of its natural oils and emerge from the shampooing stage less stripped and fragile. These treatments can be done with either warm to conditioner or oil, or with a combination of both. Water based conditioner products work best for penetration into the hair fiber, while oils are better cuticle nourishing elements. Pre-shampoo treatments are usually done 20 to 30 minutes prior to washing or as an overnight treatment before the wash.
Pre-shampoo treatment can be done on dry or damp hair. Some people find that doing pre-shampoo treatments on dampened hair allows the fiber to absorb moisture boosting products with greater ease. Others find that their hair receives the treatment better. You will need to experiment to discover what works best for you.
Pre-poo Oil Treatment Versus Hot Oil Treatment
Hot oil treatments are very similar to pre-poo oil treatments. They differ mainly in the stage of the washing cycle in which they are applied. Unlike pre-poo treatments, hot oil treatments tend to follow the shampoo stage rather than proceed it. However, many people are finding utility in applying hot oil treatment at the pre-shampoo stage as well. Hot oil treatments tend to include oils exclusively, whereas pre shampoo treatments are varied.
When your hair is covered with the mixture from root to ends it’s time to trap in some warmth with the plastic cap. Then wrap your head with a warm towel or thermal cap. Alternatively, you may forgo the towel or thermal cap and simply sit under a hooded dryer wearing your plastic cap.
Keep your hair covered for 20 to 30 minutes. Another option is to use no heat at all, but this method will require that you keep the mixture on your hair much longer (until your hair softens) to achieve the same conditioning level the heat creates.
Rinse and Shampoo
Remove the towel/thermal cap/plastic cap from your hair and rinse with warm water. Shampoo and condition your hair as normal. The final rinse should be done with water as cool as you can stand. This will help to “seal” the cuticle mechanically. Your hair should feel full, soft, and strong from the pre-poo oil or hot oil treatment. Any oiliness or greasiness or stickiness following your treatment is the result of an adequate rinsing.
Have you tried a pre-poo oil treatment or hot oil treatment? Share your experience in the comments.