6 after-shower hair products

6 hair care products to use after your shower

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty 24 Comments

Did I tell you that we finally have a working shower back and streaming at home?

I was a bit sad to say goodbye to my weekly salon wash and blow-dries but not so sad to say goodbye to running the bath in the madness that constitutes mornings around these parts.

It’s also meant getting re-acquainted with my hair care routine.

Two products might have been on high rotation during the three-plus months we were sans shower – dry shampoo and volume powder – but apart from that I’d got extremely lazy with any other styling or care products.

With this admission coming from a girl who embraces all things lazy-girl in the beauty department, you may just get an inkling as to just how bad the situation had become.

If I were my hair I would have given up on me in disgust.

Now maybe you’re just a shampoo and conditioner girl and leave it at that. Maybe that’s all your hair needs to concern itself with.

Maybe your hair needs way more attention that even what I’m going to prescribe (and given I don’t have curls, that’s a fair bet for some of you).

Wherever your hair is at I’d like you to have a look at these six products* that I’ve moved into the Hair-Robe section of my Lady Room. Maybe one or more of them will will fill a gap in your Hair-Robe too?

These products are all about the stages AFTER washing, whether that’s on towel-dried hair or three-days-since-I-could-be-bothered-washing-my-hair hair.

Not every step is compulsory but these hair care products just might offer the missing solution your hair was crying out for.

6 after-shower hair products

Scalp treatment

Treating the scalp is not new but treating the scalp with the aim to improve future hair growth is the premise behind the new Kerastase Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate ($68). The formula protects at a stem-cell level to optimise your hair’s health and growth at the point of where it actually grows. For my thick hair it’s a case of adding about four squirts to your palms and then distributing to the scalp after I’ve washed and towel-dried it and then continuing to style as normal. I had been concerned that in making my hair super lush that it would aggravate the psoriasis on my scalp. This hasn’t proved the case. The psoriasis is still there but no more than usual. Try it at your nearest Kerastase salon.

Smooth styler

So I’ve treated my scalp but I want to get the hair all prepped and happy for some super styling. This new Pantene Smooth Straight Styling Treatment Foam ($9.99) is part of a collection of three products but this is the one I love using most (there’s a Soft Curls complementing collection too). It sets up my hair for blow-drying to achieve my everyday straight style, all the while conditioning the hair. Sneaky Supermarket purchase (SSP).

Thermal protector

If you blow dry and/or style your hair with a styling iron then my giddy aunt I really do hope you’re using a thermal protector. The reason? Using heat stylers is not optimum for our hair health; it’s just optimum for great looking hair. Schwarzkopf Taft Guardian Angel Straightening Iron Spray ($6.99) has your protection covered, offering heat protection up to 220 degrees and a gorgeous shine finish. Sneaky Supermarket Purchase (SSP).

Shine spray

You can never have too much hair shine I say. Well, maybe you can if said shine is reminiscent of your pubescent years when shine was never subtle and never-ever your hair or face friend. Shine in can? Yep, that shine very much works for me as a finishing style touch. Fudge Head Shine ($19.95) is a dry sheen/shimmer that you spray on your styled hair to keep frizzies at bay while offering up a dose of UV protection on the side. Available at Priceline and Hairhouse Warehouse.

Volume dust

Volume dust is not dry shampoo (see below for dry shampoo talk). What it is though is your super hair helper. A few shakes of the sticky dust and a little massage into the scalp will have your hair looking anything but limp. Great for thin hair. Great for a blowdry that had volume at 9am but has fallen flat by the time you’re heading out after work. There are plenty on the market but it’s no wonder Schwarzkopf Extra Care Instant Volume Powder ($8.99) won its category in the Product of the Year awards this year. It’s value for money and works. Sneaky Supermarket Purchase (SSP).

Dry shampoo

We go through a lot of dry shampoo around here. Miss SY is a big fan and I often find her poaching from my supply. Won’t let her near this one though. I love it and it’s all mine. L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni.art Fresh Dust ($25) employs absorbant microfibres in its formulation to soak up oil and grease from your scalp and hair … giving the lazy-beauty girls among us the opportunity to skip a shampoo or three. It’s a translucent formula so good for all hair colours. Where it differs from the volume dust above is that it won’t give you the same kind of stick and lift – and it will brush out. Available at Price Attack and all L’Oreal Professionnel salons.

Tell me, what does your after-shower hair care involve right now? What products can you recommend to Styling You readers (please let us know your hair type when making a recommendation).


Comments 24

  1. I treid to find the Pantene product today, but no luck 🙁 Sounds like the perfect item for my fine hair that never holds it’s style!!

    1. Hi Rach, I’ve contacted the company and it should be in store … “as of 1st May the new Pantene Styling Treatments range should be in Coles and Woolworths, however it takes a little longer for them to be on shelves in Priceline”. They are more than happy to help find a stockist near you if you’d like to email me your postcode.

  2. The volume dust is amazing! I have quite thin hair, so I try things ever now & then & i’m so glad I picked it up! I’m in need of a new dry shampoo, shall keep an eye out for the one above!

  3. I have found my hair to be more shiny and with less fly aways when using a thermal protectant on my hair. I just use one that was recommended to me from Price Attack. Love that you have included supermarket products.

  4. I’m so lazy with my haircare routine but you’ve inspired to take more time and care with it Nikki! 🙂

  5. Thanks Nikki, I will add the Schwarzkopf thermal protector and volume dust to my shopping list. I blowdry my normal-oily hair about every 3 days and use a thermal protector spray my hairdresser gave me. It seems to last a long time so I thought it was great value, but I like the price of yours better! I’ve never used the dust before, sounds fascinating, and maybe using a dry shampoo might extend the life of my colour a bit? I also wanted to say, my supermarket finally had Nivea’s stress protect deodorant this week and after 2 days of using it I am SOLD! Thankyou so much xx

  6. Product or tips for coloured hair folk with psoriasis? I feel like I’ve tried them all currently going crazy!

    1. I refuse to compromise my hair for my scalp so largely just live with it – and have done since I was 9 – so don’t use any coal tar based shampoos or the like. There is no rhyme or reason as to what shampoos make it worse (low sulphates are good but don’t always make a difference); Original & Mineral’s Detox shampoo brings some relief. Pantene’s Nature Fusion was a low irritant. My colour is now L’Oreal Professionnel’s Inoa … and oil-based colour system that doesn’t sit on the scalp until the last processing step. This irritates it less in the colouring phase.

  7. Thanks for those suggestions. I know I get overwhelmed by all the choices available so sometimes that means I don’t get anything. Its good to get some ideas on what works. I have started putting these suggestions into my phone so when I am at the supermarket, I can remember what I want to look for.

  8. Love your new after shampoo ideas here Nikki,I like the sound of that dry shampoo,sounds like a goodie! Yes you did tell me about your working shower and I would miss the salon visits too,but not the baths in the morning.
    Well I have a lot of these sorts of products in the bathroom cabinet but find a lot are too heavy for my baby fine hair unless I leave it curly ,I do have people around here that pinch my dry shampoo too,Hello Caitlyn and Brooke they think they can help themselves and no you girls buy your own please!
    I love Klorlane dry shampoo but just bought a SSP one Tresemme dry start waterless foam dry shampoo it is pretty good I must say and I love Moroccan oil Light just 2 drops does my fine longish hair ,so it lasts for ages and I find it helps with dryness,especially on the ends ,I have coloured hair,from the hairdresser and very fine curly hair which I straighten!

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