When I first started pre-pooing my fine natural hair, I used coconut oil or Vatika coconut hair oil. I’d apply the oil (usually too much) throughout my hair. Then I’d put my hair in giant twists. Now, I’ve elevated to using an aloe vera and herbal oil pre-poo which I’ll share down below.
Coconut oil is great for pre-washing your hair because of the oil’s ability to penetrate the hair strands and thereby protecting the hair from hygral fatigue.
As time went on, I incorporated a rinsing conditioner to the mix. I would mix up the oil with a conditioner like Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner or the now retired, Tresemme Naturals. Then, I’d apply to my hair and sleep in the mixture over night. The next morning, I’d wake up and wash my hair as usual.
Fast forward (way forward) and I started using herbs in my hair care routine. Certain herbs work really well in a pre-poo. Amla being one of them. So, I started using Amla mixed with a number of oils to pre-poo with.
Developing the Aloe Vera and Herbal Oil Pre-Poo
A DIY Amla pre-poo I’ve been using helps to add shine and manageability to the hair. I’ll continue using this pre-poo but I’m now switching it up to include Aloe Vera and either an Ayurvedic hair oil from Shar Naturals or my DIY version of it.
I had done pre-poo’s using Aloe Vera in the past but didn’t stick with it. I think it was just me being lazy with cutting up the Aloe Vera and mixing it (I talk about my laziness right here: Why I’m Not Reaching Hair Goals).
Since I’m ready to finally reach my hair goals and become my best self, I’m taking accountability and doing what needs to be done.
Benefits of the Aloe Vera/Herbal Oil Pre-Poo
Aloe vera has a number of benefits for your hair:
- Conditions the hair without chemicals
- Leaves the cuticle layer smooth
- Adds incredible shine
- Makes hair super manageable
- Strengthens the hair strand infusing it with a multitude of vitamins (A, B12, C, E)
- Prevents hair fall and stimulates hair growth at the root
The herbal hair oil from Shar Naturals is also filled with a number of healthy ingredients. Those ingredients offer a number of benefits for your hair.
Essential Oils: Citronella, Clove, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree
- Stimulating hair growth
- Protection from sun damage
- Making hair more manageable
- Boosting volume
Ayurvedic Herbal Ingredients: Aloe Vera Leaf, Amla, Ashwagandha, Baheda, Beet Root, Bhringraj, Bladderwrack, Brahmi, Burdock Root, Calendula Flower, Chamomile Flower, Cinnamon, Clove, Dandelion Leaf, Fennel Seed, Fenugreek, Frankincense, Ginger Root, Gotu Kola, Green Tea, Henna, Hibiscus Flower, Irish Moss, Juniper Berry, Kale, Kelp, Lavender Flower, Lemon, Licorice Root, Marshmallow Root, Moringa Leaf, Neem, Red Sandalwood, Reetha, Rose, Rosehip, Saw Palmetto Berry, Senna Leaf, Shikakai, Spinach Leaf, Tulsi, Turmeric & Yarrow Flower
- Preventing and combatting hair loss
- Protecting hair from color loss
- Hair strengthening
- Smoothing frizzed hair
Read about the benefits of individual herbal hair powders in my collection here.
How to Make the Aloe Vera Pre-Poo
Whitney, aka Naptural85 shares in the video below how she makes her Aloe Vera Pre-poo. I do something similar but I also incorporate rosemary essential oil into the Aloe Vera mixture. I do this just before applying it to my scalp.
First, I massage the Aloe Vera gel into my scalp. Then, I use it to finger detangle my hair. After that, I applied the Shar Naturals Herbal Hair Oil to my strands from roots to tip.
Once I’ve worked the pre-poo throughout my hair, I twist it up into a bun, put on a plastic cap and allow it to sit for at least an hour.
There’s times when I don’t have time to wash shortly after so I will go to sleep with the mixture in.
The result of using the Aloe Vera and herbal hair oil pre-poo is manageable, and shiny hair. The results also include, a calm and balanced scalp.
Over time, this mixture helps to stimulate hair growth (especially because of the addition of the rosemary essential oil).
Choosing to regularly incorporate the Aloe Vera pre-poo into my hair care routine is one of the strategic methods I’m using to get me back on track with reaching hair goals.