In-Shower Styling Product

I came across this interesting product from Living Proof. Apparently you put it in your hair in the shower, only slightly rinse it, and then style your hair and air dry. Supposedly it makes air dried styles better/easier. Looking at the ingredients it seems (to me at least) it isn't much more than a leave-in conditioner. What are your thoughts? Water/Eau/Aqua, Polyquaternium-11, Isodecyl Oleate, Myristyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-68, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polyalkylaminoester-1 (PBAE), Polyamide-8, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-75 Stearate, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Sclerotium Gum, Ceteth-20, Steareth-2, Oleth-10, Fragrance/Parfum, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Citronellol, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral Also, somewhat unrelated is there a way to break hydrogen bonds of hair without getting it wet? For example, in the morning having to wet your hair to restyle it can be a hassle because sometimes styling damp hair can be challenging because adding products for hold don't work as well because water is still evaporating from your hair, which affects the setting properties of the products. Have you ever heard of a product that addresses this? If not, it would be cool to have.


  • These ingredients: Polyalkylaminoester-1 (PBAE), Polyamide-8 have some interesting film forming properties that could provide some differentiated benefit in a product like this. I'd say it's certainly worth a try if it's affordable. You might try the a "waterless" shampoo like the Tresemme product cited in this article: I've found that this is a pretty good way to reduce the surface tension of hair to reset hydrogen bonds without getting the hair soaking wet. They used to make an Axe version for men. Axe Waterless Dry Shampoo Foam Reset. I'm not sure if these are still on the market but you may be able to find something similar from another company.
  • @RandyS So I tried this in-shower styling product. Other than it being odd to not completely rinse out a product, which made me feel a bit gross I noticed that it brought out the natural wave in my hair more so than without it. That might be good for some people, but not me. This leads me to a question, are there different ingredients used in conditioners that are meant to "enhance" curls, vs. conditioners meant to relax hair and make it straighter?
  • A regular rinse out conditioner won't relax/straighten hair. You need something that will react with hair protein to truly accomplish that. Of course you could use a heavy leave in product that would coat the hair and weigh it down to provide temporary straightening. As far as enhancing curls is concerned, products like the one you just tried can deposit enough of a film former that can help give the hair a little more texture and structure. Part of this effect depends on how you dry and style your hair as well.
  • So what is in a "smoothing" conditioner vs. a conditioner for "curly" hair. Is it just marketing?
  • Every brand is different. There is no "prescription" for what goes in a smoothing product vs a product for curly hair. Yes, you'll find differences from product to product and brand to brand but for the most part the difference is in the marketing.
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