Pre-Shampoo Treatment for Shedding Hair

This recipe has the stimulating effects of peppermint oil and the protein benefits of egg. Do this as a quick pre-poo before shampooing and you will find that your hair feels so much better after the wash. You can follow up this treatment with a regular shampoo and then a deep conditioner. Consistent pre-pooing can decrease hair breakage significantly.

Pre-Shampoo Treatment for Shedding Hair


3-4 Drops Peppermint oil

1 teaspoon of olive oil

1 teaspoon castor oil

2 egg yolks


Beat the egg yolks until frothy and then add the oils in a small bowl. Massage mixture into hair and scalp. Cover hair with shower cap for an hour. Rinse out then shampoo.

Disclaimer: BlackHair101  does not guarantee that you will achieve the same results as we have by using this recipe on your particular hair.


  • Candy said:

    Hi, im new to this site and love it. Found it after another hair blog mentioned it.
    Question: How often should one use per- shampoo treatment for shedding and other egg per-poo recipes? Is it all right to use it weekly , even though it’s a protein treatment?

  • Latoya said:

    Hi Brenda, do you know if i can find peppermint oil in Jamaica? also can essence of peppermint be used instead of peppermint for the recipe above?

  • nam said:

    Hi Brenda

    How often can i use the above pre poo treatment.can i also mix the contents of a vitamin E capsule to the above mixture.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Nam,
      When I had vitamin E capsules in abundance, I added it to everything. I don’t think it will hurt to add it to this mixture.

  • himani said:

    hi brenda 🙂
    can i use any other oil than peppermint oil??

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Himani,
      Sure, you can use the mixture without the peppermint or add another essential oil like eucalyptus, tea tree or anything you have on hand.

      • himani said:

        thanks so much:)

        • himani said:

          i just tried this one today nd my hair feel good after it 🙂 though i replaced peppermint oil with lavender( i hope it works as good as peppermint oil) thanks to you brenda:)
          one thing that i would like to ask here is , if i can use this treatment weekly nd also i had to apply a lot of shampoo to take the pack off my hair. please tell me if its alright to use that much of shampoo to remove it?? 🙂
          thanks 🙂

  • Shannon said:

    can i use coconut oil?

  • dahteil said:

    Hello. How often can we use the Pre-Shampoo Treatment for Shedding Hair? Weekly? Or monthly?

  • Tahlia said:

    Hi! I really want to try this pre- poo treatment, but I can’t seem to find any castor oil. Is there anything else I can use?

  • DarkChocCookie said:

    Hi! Is a prepoo treatment the same thing as a protein treatment? And if not, how do you align the use of both? Thanks!

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi, no they are not the same thing. Pre-poo is just the term referring to the things that we do before a shampoo. It can be anything- hot oil treatment, light protein treatments etc. I would suggest cleansing the hair before an intense protein treatment and then conditioning with a moisture rich conditioner after. A light/medium protein treatment like an egg based one can be a pre-poo because you will definitely want to shampoo the hair after. In that case, you would dampen the hair before, do your prepoo/protein treatment and then shampoo.

  • Maame said:

    Hi, I’ve lost all my hair around my hair line(temple)
    What do I do? Is this pre poo suitable for me? Please help! My hair is natural now

  • Eggie said:


    I noted that anytime i applied carrier oils like olive oil and coconut oil to my hair(dry), a lot of hair comes out, is this normal. Help am alarmed.

  • AG said:


    A friend referred me to this post because I was complaining about my hair shedding all the time. However, this appears to be more to prevent hair breakage, rather than shedding, which are two totally different things. I don’t have hair breakage, it just sheds. Can you tell me whether this treatment is for breakage or shedding, or whether it helps with both?


  • Chianti said:

    Hi Brenda
    Is it best to wash my hair with a shampoo or a Co-wash product. Or should I use both, if so how often??

  • niecey said:

    how can i create my own leave in conditioner with these oils?

    Also, I have alopecia…will any of these methods work?

  • anna said:

    where can I get peppermint oil?

  • Darchocookie said:

    Hello I was wondering why It’s so important to use only the egg yolks. Why not use the egg whites as well? Is there something wrong with using egg whites on hair?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Darchocookie,

      Egg yolks are very good for dry brittle hair. Egg whites are very good for oily hair. That said, I guess using a whole egg wouldn’t hurt.

  • Violet said:

    Hi Brenda,

    Can I do a Hot oil treatment prepoo first and this prepoo second or will this be too much for my hair? I have 4A hair with a low porosity; my main issues are shedding and scalp stimulation for hair growth.

    Thank you

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Violet,

      It’s a bit much. Do just one. Maybe one week you do a hot oil treatment and then this pre poo treatment the next week.

  • Lisa said:

    Hi Brenda

    Should i deep condition my hair after shampooing out the treatment

  • Jennifer Darby said:

    Is the protein regimen recommended for relaxed hair?

  • Toya said:

    Hi brenda, i believe you are extremely gifted by God, and i have a better appreciation for my natural hair. I want to know the best oil to use to protect my hair ends.Thanks so much keep up the good work and God bless 🙂

  • Nonye said:

    I really learnt a lot here thanks…

  • Jan said:

    Hi, my hair has broken around my hair line and the top is about 3 inches long. What can I do to get my edges back without cutting it and starting over again. And my scalp itches like crazy what can I do about this. PLEASE HELP!!! I don’t want to cut it off again.

  • Jeanette Mathews said:

    This is a terrific web site. Thank you all for sharing your advice and opinions, it is much appreciated.

  • annalie said:

    Is there anything I can use instead.of.the egg?

  • Linda said:

    Thank you so much for contributing to the wellness of my hair journey, your blog is really insightful.I hv a very soft; scanty fine hair with a terrible hair line & it gets even softer when I relax. My hair has been a challenge to the point of me becoming so resentful to my hair & the thought of going to the salon. I lost all hope, I never wore my natural hair & resorted to weave-ins & wigs. I decided to go natural but I can’t find a regimen that works for my transition. My greatest challenge is shedding & strengthening. I would really appreciate your advice on a regimen to help control these problems.

  • comie said:

    Hi Brenda, I have gathered a lot of info from your page. I have fine/thin/soft natural hair for 10 months now. I feel like going back to relaxed in the next few months. I always use regular olive oil to relax my hair. A friend of mine just told me she used a childrens product and felt it was going to be good.What do you propose? That i should stick to my olive oil when i go relax, or that the baby produckts could be better for me. I am doing a lot of research so that when i relax am going to enjoy some lenghth and volume too. The corners of my hair do not also grow well. What regimen can you propose to me please. Thanks.

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