Chlorine Fighting Pre-Poo Recipe

This was an EMERGENCY. My youngest, Lauren, had come from a field trip to the pool and she had fried, dried, and will never lay-to-the-side hair!!!

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 Lauren’s hair before Chlorine Fighting Pre-Poo treatment

I was in panic mode because it was my fault for not properly preparing her hair for the pool. So on a wing and a prayer, I whipped up this recipe to remove the chlorine. In my previous experience with chlorine in my daughter’s hair, it would clump, dry and be unmanageable after applying the shampoo. I would have to pour excess conditioner on her hair to separate and detangle the strands. When I applied the pre-poo, I could immediately see her hair regaining its luster. I kept my fingers crossed, applied the shampoo after the pre-poo treatment, and her hair felt much smoother than in my previous experience. The chlorine was completely removed. With summer starting and pools opening, this recipe is the difference between retaining and losing strands due to dryness and breakage. So why worry…jump in the pool!

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Lauren’s hair after Chlorine Fighting Pre-Poo treatment


1 tablespoon baking soda

1 cup herb mix (see below for recipe)

1/2 cup aloe vera juice

1 teaspoon safflower oil


Herb Mix Recipe

1 tablespoon comfrey root

1 tablespoon burdock root

1 cup water


To Make

Use a ratio of 1 cup of water to 2 tablespoons of the dried herb. Pour boiling water over herbs and allow to steep 2 hours in a closed container or until room temperature. Strain herbs and discard. Use remaining liquid.


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One Hour Before

Prepare herb mix.


To Make

Combine the herb mix, safflower oil, aloe vera juice, and baking soda in a 2-cup capacity container and stir with a spoon until the baking soda dissolves.  Pour mix carefully into an applicator bottle. Use immediately. Makes about 1 ½ cups.


To Use

Wet hair until soaking with lukewarm water to rinse out as much excess chlorine as possible. Allow excess water to drip from hair but do not wring or towel dry. Use an applicator bottle with tip to apply pre-poo to hair until hair is saturated and dripping. Cover head with a plastic cap and allow to sit for up to 15 minutes. Do not allow pre-poo to dry on hair. Rinse thoroughly from hair and scalp until water is clear. Shampoo and condition as normal.



This recipe has a greenish color to it, and it has not been tested on lighter hair or blonde hair. Please strand-test before using to ensure a satisfactory result.

I would love your feedback on this recipe! ❤ Ally