Natural Hair Tutorial: How To Pre-Poo

If your hair feels rough, dry, brittle, and crunchy (especially your ends) you should consider a pre-poo. It really really does wonders for the health of your hair. Since starting pre-poos a few months ago, I am addicted!

I start off by sectioning my hair down the middle into 2 large parts. Then I start off with one side, breaking it down into smaller sections. I saturate the hair with water from my spray bottle. I finger detangle gently. I add LOTS of oil to the section concentrating on my ends. Then I add a good amount of conditioner. Rub it through very well. Then detangle with my Denman brush. I twist the section up and repeat with the rest of my hair.

When all of my hair has been pre-pooed, I pin my hair to the top of my head and sit under my huetiful steamer for about 20-30 minutes. And Im done.

I wash my hair with the twists in and it takes minutes in comparison to the time it took before!


About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • Joy LeBlanc

    I just added pre-pooing to my regimen and its great! I discovered that, for me, it’s best when I use thicker oils ( coconut, avacado, castor) and apply the oil to dry hair instead of wet. I also just discovered the Herbal Essences Hello Hydrations conditioner. Works great and affordable! Thanks for the video!

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      That’s great. Those are the oils I use. I love HEHH! smells sooo good and very moisturizing.

  • SuperMujer2373

    Hey there!! I must say I love the video and found it very helpful and pushed me over the edge to go ahead and get the steamer. I have only used it once but I love it. I had a quick question. I noticed you say that you use it once per week as part of your routine. Are you noticing any bad effects from using it that often? Such as it getting to soft or falling out etc. Thanks so much for your help. Love the videos and website. I know its a big challenge to keep up as a new mom :-)

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Thats very nice of you sis. Im glad I could help you out. Im working on getting you ladies a discount for the steamer, hopefully sometime this month.

      I havent noticed any bad side effects, If I did, I would have stopped using it, for sure.

      Mommy hood and this site are both important parts of my life, so I make time for them both you know?

  • Dkennedy910

    I started pre-pooing when i saw this video. I love it! I notice a difference with my hair. thanks!! now i need to learn how to wash out hair with twist in. do u have a video of that?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      So glad you love it.

      No video on washing with twists, bit it’s been requested. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to do it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nadia-Davis/712386578 Nadia Davis

    I am definitely adding this to my regimen!! The CRUNCH of my hair is killing me!! Thanks a lot. 

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Have fun sis!
      Which conditioner and oil will you use?

  • KandiKoated

    This will be my first time pre pooing. Going to do it for the castor oil challenge and see how the outcome goes!!

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Great! I prepood yesterday and it was great. I always get good soft hair with minor shedding.

      • Ruby Lute

        Thanks so much for all your help. You are God sent!!! You are so thurl in your explaining!!! You’re also fun to watch!!! You have helped me so much!!!

        • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

          Awww thanks, you got me blushing love!

  • http://www.facebook.com/SabrinaBoissiere Sabrina Boissiere

    Do you see the value in the steamer? Thinking about getting one… and for TWA’s who can’t 2 strand twist what do you suggest after sit under dryer/steamer? Wash and then do your usual (for me its 2 strand)…

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Steaming is sooo good for you. If you have a TWA you can moisturize then twist to stretch your hair and retain moisture.

  • Nakiba Quarles

    I am still working on having a regime that works for me. I am going to at pre-pooing today. Do you pre-poo everytime you wash your hair? Do your pre-poo even when you are doing a deep condition?
    I have been natural for 2 years this Sept 3. One mistake that I have made waas going to get my hair blown out to be trimmed. I have only gotten it done twice, but as a result a large part of my hair is now heat damaged and I hate it! I too am a new mom so I have been experiencing breakage along the edges but also throughout my hair, do you have any advise for me to get my hair back on track?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Hey love,

      I prepoo before because this is also my detangling process. So I do it before every wash.
      So sorry about your heat damage. I know that has to be so upsetting.

      As for your edges, postpartum is a mess! Did you see the article on postpartum shedding?

  • LisaGaines

    I need more clarification on the shampoo process. You actually leave the twists in and rinse conditioner/oil out and then apply cowash and conditioner directly to the twists?

  • http://www.naturallycurly.com/ blessed_coils

    Can you pre-poo with Coconut Jamaican Black Castor oil or a Oil mix? Or a shea butter mix?

  • Lisa

    im so glad i found this tutorial. im going to try this regimen because im having issues with my hair being dry and its really frustrating.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cameil.passley Cameil Passley

    Awesome video. I am definitely adding this to my regimen!! First let me apologise if you already answer this question, Where did you get that steamer to buy.

  • shay

    If you dislike a product that you just bought …do you throw it away or give it away