7 pre-shampoo products to try
For shiny hair and a healthy scalp
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / August 21 2018
While post-shower styling products have their role in increasing shine, texture and manageability, there’s a brand new and even more innovative way to do all of the above. How? With a pre-shampoo product - yes, something that you use right before you step under the showerhead. Here’s how to get in on the hair trend with a product for every concern.
If you have product build-up
Just like the skin on your face, your scalp requires a deep exfoliation to eliminate product build-up. Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry Gloss Scrub is a scrub that contains tiny particles that gently buff away grime and dead skin without feeling too abrasive, making it a pleasure to use each time.
If you have a dry scalp
Address flakiness and irritated skin with Klorane Peony Conditioner Gel, which is specially formulated with Chinese peony to soothe sensitivity. Apply it all over your head, leave it on for a few minutes, then step into the shower to follow with your regular shampoo and conditioner ritual.
If you have dry hair lengths
Nourish straw-like hair with R+Co Palm Springs, a pre-shampoo treatment mask that’s loaded with oils to soften and boost shine. Added bonus: this mask’s Sicilian lemon, eucalyptus, green tea and amber scent will transform your regular shower into a spa-like experience.
If you have limp hair
Boost texture and volume in flat hair with TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner, a conditioner that you’re actually meant to use before shampooing your hair. The idea behind this is you don’t end up weighing the hair down with conditioner’s rich formula, and your shampoo can then effectively remove excess product when it’s applied afterwards.
If you have coloured hair
Besides the sun, your shampoo, conditioner and even water in general can fade coloured hair. While some degree of colour fade is inevitable, you can use products to slow it down. Christophe Robin Cleansing Mask with Lemon is detergent-free (so it’s super gentle) and can be used on your scalp, mid-lengths and ends to cleanse and protect at the same time. Use it before shampoo or even in lieu of it if you’re running short on time.
If you have oily roots
Oily roots - be it from a build-up of hair products or from your scalp producing too much oil, can leave hair looking greasy, even if you’ve just washed it. But banishing oily roots effectively can also dry out your mid-lengths and ends if you use a too-harsh formula. L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask is fused with three types of clays to purify your scalp, while still keeping your strands hydrated.
If you’re looking for a multitasker
The Body Shop Pre-Shampoo Coconut Oil can be used before and after you wash your hair to protect strands and add an incredible amount of shine. Be warned - a little goes a long way, so pour a small amount (so, a five-cent piece if you have medium-length hair) and use it only on hair lengths, not your scalp.
If your hair needs some further TLC, here are some hair masks for every concern.
What’s your favourite pre-shampoo product, and why? Tell us in the comments below.
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Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in previous issues of SHOP Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.