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Are Pre-Shampoo Treatments Really All That? We Put 5 To The Test

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    We totally get the hesitation about using a product with "pre-'poo" in the name. We don't want our hair associated with any of that business... But poor name choice aside, these treatments are strand saviors and if you haven't tried them yet, you should definitely get privy.

    Pre-'poo, or pre-shampoo, treatments are oils, butters, conditioners, masks, and more that are applied to wet hair before cleansing. You typically slather one on your mane, let it sit for up to 30 minutes, and shampoo and condition as usual. The result? Shinier, more hydrated tresses.

    Women with curly or textured hair have been keen on these moisturizing methods for quite a while now, but these products can be save-alls for a variety of hair types. Whether you need to revive damaged hair after being a little heavy-handed with the blowdryer or just want to give your locks a little extra TLC, you might want to consider picking up a pre-'poo.

    To help figure out which treatment will work best for you, we asked a few of our staff members to test five different products — from items you might find in your kitchen to luxurious oils. Click through to read the verdicts.


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